Eliza Knockwood

Spiritual Film Artist

Eliza Star Child Knockwood is a Mi’kmaq woman from Abegweit First Nation with a vital, creative, and powerful voice. Born in Charlottetown in 1981, she spent her childhood in various communities around Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada. Through her myriad of experiences and roles, she has developed great skill as a speaker & facilitator and shares her life wisdom and practical knowledge with people in an eloquent and powerful way. 

 

Eliza is the founder of Star Child Production, the Chair of the Rock Barra Artist Retreat Co-op, the PEI Board of Director for the Wabanaki Two-Spirited Alliance and the Vice Chair of the Sierra Club Atlantic Executive Committee. Eliza recently served as a Board of Director for the Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island for the 2016/17 term and once served as the Vice President of the Island Media Arts Cooperative of PEI. 

 

She is currently producing and editing a film called "All My Relations", on personal and collective healing not only for First Nations people but all people. She brings her powerful visionary global perspective to all her participation and leadership on the local level. 

An active film-maker with over fifteen years experience in the film industry, Eliza is committed to storytelling with new media to bring the past into the future. She describes herself as a Youth Bundle-Keeper, with the responsibility of passing on traditional and contemporary knowledge for this generation and the ones yet to come. She has been on a number of National tours from coast to coast as a documentarist, panellist, speaker, facilitator, First Nation Support Worker and Artist. Her most recent national tours have been with the Modern Knowledge Tour of 2014 and the Train of Thought tour of 2015. 

Eliza Star-Child is a sought-after speaker for her ability to speak from the heart, bringing her unique perspective as a First Nations woman, single parent, and two-spirited person connecting with many people of all ages. Even though she has this minority status, her underlying passion is to connect with people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic levels through her filmmaking and public engagement work, she is a passionate advocate for her diverse community, the land and sea.