Helen Agger grew up in Namegosibiing Trout Lake, Ontario, the ancestral homeland of her mother's people. With their Norwegian-born father setting their educational goals, Helen and her siblings lived with Caucasian families in Kenora during their elementary school years. Helen then moved to Winnipeg where she attended the University of Manitoba. She received a bachelor's degree in human ecology and a master's degree in public administration.
Today Helen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is married and has a daughter. Following Nimishoomis: The Trout Lake History of Dedibaayaanimanook Sarah Keesick Olsenis Helen's first book with Theytus.