Joel Oulette was born in Medicine Hat AB , His ancestry is Red River Metis and Swampy Cree from Cumberland House First Nations. Joels great grandfather x 4 fought in the Battle of Batoche at 93 years old, he told his grandsons to fall back, while he held off the red coats, giving enough time to save his family to retaliate. Joel grew up with his moms performing arts company, which focuses on Dance, Acting, and Cultural Presentations. Joel’s bbop name was Jelly Bean Joel. The cultural presentations were dancing the Metis Red River Jig and Rabbit dance, Louis Riel states the Metis will rise again through the arts. Joel and his cousins did a film at the Medicine Hat Esplanade recently to honour his Great Grandfather Joseph Ouellette and his Grandfather Raymond Oulette shared stories on growing up in a Metis/Cree family.
In elementary school, Joel performed Thriller with Gr 2 students, they would give up their lunch hours to learn the thriller routine, and performed infront of their peers that were in Grades higher than them. His father is a talented artist and did the makeup for a thriller and his mother taught
the students the dance.
Joel first started out at 3 years old, attending the dance acting classes with his big brother and sister. His first film was at 5 years old, as an Extra in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee with his sister Shayla. Over the years Joel worked his way from Extra, to small speaking roles, to co
lead to lead roles at a young age.
● 8 years old, – Lead in Perserverance , by Impact Society.
● 12 years old -Extra , warrior in Alpha feature film by Director Albert Hughes, 80 million dollar film, 100 people in cast and crew. Joel was able to see first hand the makings of a box office film , which was on farmland in Brooks AB
● 14 and 15 years old – Joel was in 2 summer indigenous youth film camps by Indigenous Director Trevor Solway, learning how to make a film, pitch an idea, and create the script, was exciting, Joel also learnt how to act in front of the camera, compared to stage acting.
● 16 years old, Joel auditioned for Monkey Beach, Jimmy, a younger brother to the Lead . Joel read the book from Eden Robinson, and loved the twists and turns, and the suspense of being lost at sea, and how the sister has special powers to locate her lost little brother. Joel enjoyed going to Kitimat and working with the young actors whom had to spend some time on set and also had to do school work on set, Joels football coach was the only one upset that Joel had to go away to do Monkey Beach for two months.
Joel enjoys the fight scenes in Monkey Beach with actor Glen Gould, Joel prefers to do his own stunts. He also loved the mountains and working with cast and crew that was like family.
● 17 years old, Trickster Lead, Joel was honoured to get the part in CBC trickster tv series, by Eden Robinson, he read the book, and was captivated by the monsters, myths and the struggles of being in a dysfunctional family. Joel enjoyed working with the older actors whom were mentors with Joel, again it was like working with an extended family.
● 18 years old, The Abducted Movie, Lead, about Missing and Murdered women and girls.
● Joel is will be singing and playing guitar in the Abducted, plus he looks forward to the
fight scene, Joel prefers to do his own stunts.
Joel is athletic , he was in high school football for three years, practicing every day to win the finals , Joel received Rookie of the Year Award. Joel is involved in Jitsu and Martial Arts.
Joel also did yoga certification in Mexico with his sister Shayla. He will be teaching yoga by his sister’s side in the future. He supports the Matriarch Movement , which is about Missing and Murdered Women and Girls and Missing and Murdered Men and Boys, their platform , is We are not a statistic.
Joel is a humanitarian, and believes in giving back to the community, He helps Sunworks Arts and Cultural Society, Shine program, he was awarded at 10 years old, the youngest facilitator when he helped teach dance , at the Youths Cultural Survival Conference at Onion Lake First Nations. He was honoured with an archery set. Shine program has added film productions as well, Joels dad helps deliver the program as a film coordinator and visual artisti and Joels mom still teaches children and youth that they can SHINE in the performing arts, alot of kids would love to do what I do, says Joel, so why not work with the SHINE program in the communities. Joel also is involved with skateboarding and is a member of the Medicine Hat Skateboard Association, in the future, Sunworks And MHSBA hope to raise funds for skateboard parks on the reserves and bring out Brandon Novacks a pro skater , whom almost lost his life to do addictions, but skateboarding and recovery healing programs, helped save his life.
Joel and his big brother Grayson hope to help stop the youth from being another statistic, there are too many fatal overdoses in Canada. The importance of youth carrying Narcan to save a life is crucial but it is all crucial to fund sports, arts, recreation and culture, for it saves lives.
Joel is busy auditioning and learning social media, his sister Shayla is helping him how to represent himself on social media. Joel has been in the performing and visual arts for 15 years , and he is super stoked for the future, he hopes to one day be in a film with his sister and maybe
his brother. For he prefers to do a jitsu scene on his brother, pay back. Joel realizes the hard work one has to put in to be a successful actor, one of his mentors on Trickster, his scene dad, Kalani Qupeypo stated that to become a great actor, one has to put in 10,000 hours to work on
developing his craft. Joel spends hours in the gym, with his scripts memorizing lines , on his phone in his car and with his family, Joel also believes in balancing his medicine wheel, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Joel needs to manage his time , to put his energy into acting. He is also looking at taking classes in musical theater, dance, singing and acting in Vancouver and Calgary. One has to always learn, one of Joels role models Hugh Jackman is taking classes online, with 50 young teens, to learn how to dance and he is singing all the time in his house, during covid, his kids may not like it, but he is preparing for a musical theater film in the spring. Joel has been doing online singing classes and guitar lessons during covid as well. The bottom line as a career as an actor, one can always keep learning to be the best you can be.