St. Paul des Métis Settlement, AB
Barbara Todd Hager is a writer, producer and director. Her family traces its Métis ancestry to Red River, Fort Pitt and St. Paul des Métis Settlements. She is the author of two books: Honour Song and On Her Way: The Life and Music of Shania Twain. Her articles have been published in The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Indian Artist. In 1999 she launched Aarrow Productions and it has grown into one of Canada’s leading Indigenous-owned media companies. She has produced, written and directed over 150 TV episodes and documentaries that have been broadcast on APTN, CBC, CTV and ZDF. Her eight-part docu-drama series, 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, covers 20,000 years of history told from the perspective of Indigenous people. She has served as a director of numerous non-profit organizations including the Victoria Film Festival, Documentary Canada, and the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals. Born in Edmonton, Barbara now lives in Victoria.