Dir. Bosa Centre & Inclusive Comm. Progs
School of Motion Picture Arts

604.986.1911 ext. 3700
Bosa Building, room BC245


MFA, Film Production, University of British Columbia, 2016.

BA, English, Thompson Rivers University, 2009.

Diploma, Aboriginal Film & Television, Capilano College, 2004.

"Develop opportunities to inspire Indigenous traditional teaching methodologies into contemporary curriculum as a means to innovate learning and decolonize the concept of education."


Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) (MFA, University of British Columbia, 2016) has 19 years of experience in the film industry and 37 years of experience in teaching. Doreen has been working at Capilano University since 2005 and during that time has worked on and developed several successful programs, including the Indigenous Digital Film program.

Most recently, she was a founding member of Capilano University’s Indigenous Digital Accelerator (IDA) and has been a valuable proponent in leading the IDA program since its inception. Through the IDA, Doreen created the Filmmakers in Leadership and Management Business Affairs and the Leadership in Indigenous Business Incubator programs.

Doreen has an extensive background working in First Nations education and community development in both rural and urban centers and has won many film industry and education leadership awards in the community. She is on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network, Vancouver International Film Festival and Women in View.

She also serves on the Telefilm Canada Indigenous Working Group and is a Telefilm Partner of the Talent to Watch Program, a Matriarch advisor to the IM4 virtual, augmented, mixed media program, advisor to TELUS STORYHIVE Indigenous envelope and MPPIA Equity and Inclusion Committee.

The importance of recording factual story is essential for the preservation of culture and language. The telling of story empowers the visionary with voice. Everyone has a story to tell.

Teaching the invaluable skills of media technology, story development and producing ensures that voice is heard and culture and language is shared. I appreciate contributing to this process.

2022: Alanis Obomsawin: Lifework, Chapter Writer (Mother of Many Children).

2022: George Manuel in Stockholm, 1972, Co-Writer.

2020: Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement, Co-Writer.

2019: The Fourth World, Writer Afterword.

2019: Unceded Chiefs, Writer/Director/Producer.

2015: The Fast, Writer/Director/Producer.

2014: Freedom Babies, Writer/Director/Producer.

2013: Lucky Spirits, Writer/Director/Producer.

2012: These Walls, Writer/Director/Art Director.

Boards & Committees

Board Member, Knowledge Network.

Chair, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Knowledge Network.

Board Member, Women in View.

Board Member, Vancouver International Film Festival.

Committee Member, Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC Equity & Inclusion Committee.

Past Board Service: Women in Film & TV Vancouver, Moving Images Distribution, Documentary Organization of Canada.

News Coverage

Writer, News Reporter, Canadian Correspondent Northwest Indian News, USA:

  • Episode 17 – Canoe Journey
  • Episode 18 – Aboriginal Tourism
  • Episode 22 – Maori King Tuheitia
  • Episode 27 – Nuxalk Chieftain Potlatch
  • Episode 31 – Residential School
  • Episode 33 – North American Indian Games
  • Episode 32 – Hawai’ian Reunion of Ancestry Celebration
  • Episode 34 – Canoe Journey Reflections
  • Episode 35 – Nuxalk Carver
  • Episode 36 – British Columbia Film Industry

Spotlight Award, Woman of the Year Women in Film & Television, 2019.

Leadership Award, Native Education College, 2019.

Fulmer Award in B.C. First Nations Art , B.C. Achievement Foundation, 2019.

Reveal Indigenous Art Award, Hnatyshyn Foundation, 2017.

Documentary Filmmaking, H. Norman Lidster Prize, 2014.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowship, 2013.

Spotlight Award, Leadership in Education Women in Film & Television, 2012.

Academic Medal, Governor General of Canada, 2004.