Ila Barker is of mixed Anishinaabe and settler heritage with roots running deep in the prairies, bringing a rich history and texture to her crafts. Primarily she works in the music industry as a recording artist, songwriter and performer. Having started her career organically, Ila keeps roots in the community by offering and participating in artistic and professional development workshops and local art initiatives. She created and facilitates a nationally-funded music workshop program called AIRsessions, which primarily hires local Indigenous artists, and delivers mentorship to youth ages 13-25. During the school year she works with Indigenous youth in Cree communities in northern Quebec, teaching songwriting and music production.