Jim Compton is a storyteller who believes in the power of story. His father’s words of, “Always having a story in your heart,” guides his steps every day.
Over the decades this teaching has lead him down many paths. It began in the early 80’s as the first Indigenous writer broadcaster in Canada to work for the local Television News show, “24Hours”. It culminated by winning a National Gemini Award for “Drums”, a two hour prime time special highlighting the stories and everyday issues affecting Indigenous people from coast to coast to coast. It touched on national issues like the “Oka Crisis”, to “Residential Schools to “Murdered and Missing Women.”
In 1992, Compton joined the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and facilitated sessions with Indigenous People from across the country.
In 1999, he helped facilitate and launch the Aboriginal Peoples
30 years of storytelling has garnered many awards and accolades. Today his calling takes him back to his the teaching of sharing knowledge and the art of storytelling
to young Indigenous people.
Presently he is the Artistic Director of the Adam Beach Film Institute and has graduated over 100 students in the Media arts and Film fields.