Virginia Barter is a Toronto based historical writer/storyteller, musician, and film & television producer. She is a passionate advocate of Canadian history, sharing a wealth of stories from her Cree and Métis heritage through a variety of artistic disciplines. Hosting interactive storytelling sessions that incorporate Cree language, songs and dancing, Virginia frames her personal family stories through the general history of the fur trade era and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Many of the stories she tells are included in her chapter “Searching for the Silver Fox,” published in the anthology The Long Journey of a Forgotten People: Métis Identities and Family Histories, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (2007).
Virginia is a graduate from the Film & TV Production program at Trebas Institute in Toronto, where she wrote and directed HEARNE - Journey to the Northern Ocean, for which she won awards and recognition. Virginia produced and hosted the series Urban Aboriginal (Rogers TV). This series highlights the rich and culturally diverse contributions Aboriginal people bring to life in the City of Toronto. Independent documentary projects include “Dare to Be Deep” which celebrates the establishment of the Gwaii Haanas marine conservation area in British Columbia and “People of the Buffalo,” which follows an Aboriginal family on a modern day bison ranch in Manitoba, whose lives are guided by the spirit of the buffalo and the old traditional ways.
Virginia’s knowledge of fur trade history has made her a recognized independent scholar through the Centre for Rupert’s Land Studies at the University of Winnipeg. In 2013, she collaborated as storywriter with the renowned Métis Fiddler Quartet on a commissioned performance piece entitled “Corps des Voyageurs; Soldiers in Capotes” for the City of Toronto War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations at Fort York National Historic Site.
Virginia continues to write and produce films and projects for the educational market. She is a featured artist with the Ontario Arts Council - Aboriginal Artists in Schools and the NAC 10 art program through the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre.
To find out more about Virginia and her books, visit: http://www.virginiabarter.ca