Christine Welsh Scholarship

Hired in 1996, Christine Welsh became the first Indigenous instructor at UVic’s Faculty of Humanities when she joined the Department of Gender Studies (then known as Women’s Studies). Already a renowned filmmaker at that time, she began designing and teaching courses on Indigenous women in Canada, Indigenous women’s writing, and Indigenous cinema while continuing to write, direct, and produce now-classic films such as Finding Dawn (2006), a documentary on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada that won a Gold Audience Award at that year’s Amnesty International Film Festival. Currently, she is co-producing Lii Michif Niyannan (“We Are Métis”), a documentary film about Métis identity. In addition to winning numerous regional, national and international awards over the years, Christine Welsh’s body of work was honoured with the Women in Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Achievement Award in 2009.

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