Debbie Ebanks Schlums is a multidisciplinary artist exploring themes of migration, culture, and persistent colonial-post-colonial structures through community engagement, materials, and conversation. She was a founding member of the Out of a War Zone and To Lemon Hill Collectives, both addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. She is a recipient of various awards including Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council Visual Arts Grants, and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Fellowship. Debbie studied Visual and Critical Studies and Fine Art at the California College of the Arts, and holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations. She was Co-Director of the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film from 2016 to 2020 and is currently a PhD candidate in Cinema and Media Arts at York University. She resides in Mulmur, Ontario.