community planner, Indigenous City Media
Kamala Todd was born and raised in the Coast Salish territory of Vancouver, BC. She is Cree-Metis and German. Kamala has a Masters degree in Urban Geography from UBC. Her work as a community planner, filmmaker and writer is focused on facilitating and making space for Aboriginal stories and perspectives in our cities. Kamala worked for the City of Vancouver for several years as the Aboriginal Social Planner, and continues to work as a consultant with the City to help build greater Aboriginal inclusion and voice. She has created such community arts projects as Storyscapes and Indigenous City. Kamala's film credits include Sharing our Stories: the Vancouver Dialogues Project, Indigenous Plant Diva and Cedar and Bamboo. She also worked as writer and director on the children's Cree language series Nehiyawetan (APTN). Her published writings include the recent essay "Thoughts about making places: Hollywood North and the indigenous city", in the book World Film Locations: Vancouver". In 2006, Kamala was honoured with the Greater Vancouver Urban Aboriginal Award for Community Leadership. Recently, Kamala helped develop and facilitate the City of Vancouver Dialogues Project, an innovative cross-cultural project that has gained attention across Canada as a way to build understanding between Native and non-Native communities. This year, she was asked to facilitate the historic government to government dialogue between the City of Vancouver and the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. Kamala lives with her husband and two young sons in Gibsons, BC on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.