Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh was born and raised in Saskatchewan and studied filmmaking with the late Jean Oser at the University of Regina. She began working in the film industry as an assistant editor on Allan King's prairie classic Who Has Seen the Wind? and worked as a film editor in Toronto for ten years before moving to Vancouver Island in 1989. Christine wrote and produced her first film, Women In the Shadows, in 1991 and has gone on to direct, write and produce several other award-winning films that document the experiences of Indigenous women in Canada. They include Keepers of the Fire (1994), The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters (2000) and Finding Dawn (2006), a feature-length documentary on the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
Christine's films have been broadcast nationally on CBC, CTV and APTN and have been featured at major film festivals in Canada, the U.S., France, Australia and New Zealand as well as at the 51st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York. In 2009, her body of work was honoured with the WIFTV (Women in Film and Television Vancouver) Artistic Achievement Award for filmmaking excellence in telling women's stories.
In addition to her filmmaking, Christine has spoken widely and published a number of articles in Canadian Literature, Descant, Feminisms in the Cinema, and Screening Culture: Constructing Image and Identity. She is an Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Victoria where she taught courses in Indigenous Women's Studies and Indigenous Cinema.