Andrew Kurjata

CBC Prince George | @akurjata

Andrew Kurjata is an award-winning journalist covering Northern British Columbia for CBC Radio and, situated in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T'enneh in Prince George. You can email him at

Latest from Andrew Kurjata

Stories and song: What was heard at the MMIWG community hearings in B.C.?

Community hearings for the MMIWG inquiry were held in Smithers, B.C. this week. Over three days, families and survivors shared testimony about how they have been affected by violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Haida people shouldn't need permission to cross Canada-U.S. border within Haida territory, lawyer argues

A pair of Haida basketball players from Alaska were detained after entering Canada without checking in at the border, re-opening the legal debate over whether Indigenous people need permission to travel within their traditional territories when it straddles international lines.

Power outage from landslide east of Fort St. John, B.C., could last up to a week

A mudslide has knocked out power to a rural community east of Fort St. John in northeastern B.C.

The legion goes punk: Music fans asked to join Royal Canadian Legion so live concerts can continue

Live music fans in Prince George, B.C., are being asked to become members of the Royal Canadian Legion, so the organization can continue to host punk, folk and indie rock shows.

A hand-carved throne has been in a local paper's classifieds for 6 years. Someone finally bought it

On Feb. 8, 2013, an unusual "for sale" notice appeared in the classifieds section of the Prince George Citizen. "HAND Carved Throne. $5000 firm," it read. It would stay there for the next six years.

Air purification sales surge as Canadians anticipate smoky summer stuck indoors

Health concerns are driving the creation of 'clean air shelters' in homes and public spaces across western Canada.

Can't unsee: Western Canadians find Trump's image in highway signs

Some travellers along western Canada's Yellowhead Highway have noticed the route's logo bears a resemblance to the U.S. president.

Hockey royalty: Prince George Spruce Kings celebrate winning 1st ever BCHL championship

It's a long-awaited victory for Prince George hockey fans: The Spruce Kings have been crowned league champions after a dominant playoff series.

West Moberly First Nations chief denounces 'fear mongering' over caribou protection plan

Roland Willson says the plan to save B.C.'s caribou should be a "proud moment for everybody" and denounces what he called "fear mongering" over job losses and backcountry closures.

500 dead wolves vs. 500 lost jobs: Town balks at potential cost of saving caribou in northeastern B.C.

The wolf cull in B.C. has been a lightning rod for controversy over the years, but for those who could lose jobs if land is set aside for caribou habitat, killing wolves may be the more palatable option.

Game of Thrones contest brings surge of visitors to small B.C. town in quest for Iron Throne

If you want your picture taken on the Iron Throne, you have until Sunday night to adventure north to Tumbler Ridge, B.C.

From reduced snowmobiling to continued wolf cull, wide range of options in B.C.'s caribou protection plans

After months of controversy, the B.C. government has released draft plans to protect the endangered caribou populations in  B.C. that it says balances economic growth with the need to set aside land to allow the animals to recover.

Oil and gas cleanup costs in B.C. are $3B and rising, auditor general finds

An audit published Thursday found the province has more than 10,000 inactive wells and that 7,474 of them had yet to be dismantled filled or capped — while the number of orphan sites increased sevenfold in three years.
Point of View

Dear rest of Canada: There is more to B.C. than Vancouver and, yes, we know what snow is

Also: Saskatchewan has trees and the Maritimes are actually multiple provinces, small-town Canadians reveal

'True reconciliation': City of Quesnel to restore ownership of city park to Lhtako Dene First Nation

The city of Quesnel is restoring ownership of a public park to the Lhtako Dene First Nation in a step toward what mayor Bob Simpson calls "true reconciliation" in the central B.C. community.