Received Sylff fellowship in 2007-08.
Research Area: Archives research
Academic supervisor: Philip Hoffman, York University
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
-York University master’s thesis prize in 2014 for the documentary film Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood. -Canada Council Media Arts Grant, 2016
-Ontario Arts Council Professional Development Grant Recipient, 2015
-Graduate Fellowship of Academic Distinction/ Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, York University, 2007-09
-Lawrence Heisey Award in Fine Art, York University, 2008
-National Aboriginal Achievement Grant, 2008
-Michael Ames Scholarship in Museum Studies, UBC, 2000
Current Affiliation: Currently I am an independent filmmaker and archives researcher and activist.
Jennifer Dysart blends a social sciences and humanities background with documentary filmmaking and archival research. Jennifer has a deep love of found footage and experimental films. Her film projects aim to bring awareness of the importance of archives in the creation of memory. She received the York University master’s thesis prize in 2014 for her documentary film Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood which has screened around the world bringing renewed awareness to the hydro-electric environmental disaster that affected her Cree Indigenous homeland in northern Manitoba, Canada. Jennifer is dedicated to the return home of orphaned media to Indigenous peoples. Revisiting Keewatin Missions (upcoming in 2022), Caribou in the Archive (2019) and Kewekapawetan: Return After the Flood (2014) represent a growing body of work that prioritizes ethical research and interrupts the power of colonial archives.