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Barbara Todd Hager, Indspire Award winner, shares why Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster hits home

Barbara Todd Hager is the recipient of the 2019 Indspire Arts Award in recognition of her career in writing and television production, including directing the docuseries 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus.
Barbara Todd Hager recommends reading Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. (Indspire Awards, Knopf Canada)

Barbara Todd Hager is the recipient of the 2019 Indspire Arts Award in recognition of her career in writing and television production, including directing the docuseries 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus.

The Indspire Awards annually honour Indigenous success and achievement. A simulcast of the 2019 Indspire Awards will broadcast on CBC Radio, CBC Television and CBC Gem on June 23, 2019 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT).

In celebration of Indigenous Book Club Month and National Indigenous History Month, Hager shared a book she found powerful: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson.

"I was raised by a single mother who was always moving us from place to place in hopes of finding the perfect town, the perfect job and the perfect stepfather. In Son of a Trickster, Eden Robinson has conjured up a dysfunctional, wacky extended family headed by a mother who is either loving her son Jared too hard or leaving him to be raised by wolves. There's a scene or three in the book that seemed eerily familiar to me, and no doubt to others from Indigenous families who moved around a lot and often felt like aliens in school. Son of a Trickster captures that seismic shift that happens when modern life crashes into the ancient ways. When I heard that Eden's book was being adapted into a television series for CBC, I was ecstatic. The Indigenous film community has fought tirelessly for decades to see an Indigenous written and directed dramatic series on network television. I am not surprised that it is Eden Robinson's Son of a Trickster that has broken down the doors for us."

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