Wawmeesh Hamilton

Indigenous Affairs Reporter

Wawmeesh Hamilton is an award winning Indigenous affairs reporter with CBC Vancouver. He reports on Indigenous people, communities and issues in B.C. and across Canada. His work about Indigenous people and reconciliation has also been published on CBC the National, CBC Radio, CBC Online and CBC Indigenous. His radio documentary Not Alone (CBC The Current) won the 2020 Jack Webster Award for best feature and enterprise reporting. Wawmeesh is a graduate of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism (2016). He lives in Vancouver and is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C.

Latest from Wawmeesh Hamilton

Vancouver urban Indigenous hoops teams win big at All Native Basketball Tournament

The Burnaby Chiefs and All My Relations basketball teams left Metro Vancouver with dreams, and returned as All Native Basketball tournament champions in their divisions.

Action needed to boost low Indigenous youth COVID-19 vaccination rate, health officials say

With COVID-19 variants now circulating widely in Canada, health officials are trying to get Indigenous youth vaccinated — but they remain an elusive demographic to reach.
Beyond Kamloops

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc pause to grieve children in unmarked graves at former residential school

Tk'emlups te Secwepemc language coordinator Ted Gottfriedson says the First Nation has tended to everyone else's needs for months, but now it's taking time for itself to grieve in its traditional way.
Beyond Kamloops

Kamloops residential school survivor says aunt may have been buried at the former school

A Kamloops Indian Residential School survivor says she believes her maternal aunt may have been buried at an unmarked burial site in the apple orchard of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

This Cree teacher overcame residential school and 19 months in hospital to help keep her language alive

Not even being forbidden to speak her language in residential school, nor a 19-month stint in the tuberculosis ward of a hospital as a teen, stopped Dorothy Visser from speaking, writing and eventually teaching the Cree language.

VPD accused of losing Indigenous mother's ashes during Downtown Eastside street cleanup

A Downtown Eastside resident feels like she lost her late mother a second time after Vancouver Police Department officers and city workers trashed a suitcase she says contained the deceased woman’s ashes.

Deportation fears keeping undocumented migrants away from vaccine clinics, advocates say

Advocates say creating culturally appropriate clinics with trusted migrant organizations would reduce vaccine hesitancy among undocumented migrants.

First Nations hire outreach workers to find their own people on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Outreach workers from three different First Nations are now walking the streets of the Downtown Eastside, bringing hope for recovery to one person at a time.

Advocates call for B.C. to collect COVID-19 data specific to urban Indigenous people

Urban Indigenous advocates are adding their voices to those calling for better data on race and mortality from COVID-19, in light of a growing body of research that shows communities with larger populations of visible minorities have been harder hit by the disease than the general population. 

B.C. Indigenous fishermen say racist reactions to Mi'kmaq lobster fishery echo similar racism in 1992

B.C. Indigenous fishermen established the right to their own economic opportunity fisheries in 1992. But commercial interests opposed the move, and protests were heated and racial. Nearly three decades later, the racism remains, say B.C. Indigenous fishermen.