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

Human rights complaint filed after another Heiltsuk First Nation member denied bank account using status card

A man who identifies as Muslim and Indigenous has filed a human rights complaint against a TD Bank in Surrey, B.C., after they refused to accept his government-issued Indian status card and ultimately refused to open a bank account for him last May.

Indigenous communities hit hard by B.C. floods say they received no warning, are getting little help

As the province cleans up from what was some of the worst flooding in B.C. history, several Indigenous communities are joining the growing chorus of those criticizing the provincial government's lack of warning to residents in hard-hit areas.

How basketball offers urban Indigenous girls a place to belong

Team manager Nicole Cardinal knows that being on a team like the East Van Grizzlies isn't just about winning a trophy. It can help reinforce Indigenous pride and identity during players' formative years, which can last a lifetime.

'We were horrified': Fights to repatriate Indigenous ancestral remains continue worldwide

Indigenous people are still trying to repatriate cultural objects and human remains taken from them during colonization. A state-funded New Zealand program is one example of how to get them back.

'You feel the ties that bind you': Métis culture, language showcased at this year's Festival du Bois

The Métis Experience promises to be fun, but the demonstrations of language, history and jigging are set against a backdrop of a culture that organizers say is slowly disappearing.

'I had an identity issue': Basketball connects urban Indigenous player with his roots

Helping his Nisga'a team win a basketball championship is a victory for Gene Wolff. But connecting to his home First Nation in northern B.C. is an even bigger win.

Urban Cree reclaim their heritage by learning the most common Indigenous language in Metro Vancouver

In the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh First Nations, the most commonly understood Indigenous mother tongue isn’t Halkomelem. It’s Cree, according to Statistics Canada.

Urban voice needed in talks on UN Indigenous rights, says leader

Nearly 80 per cent of Indigenous people now live in urban settings, but without an urban Indigenous advocacy body, it’s unclear how UNDRIP will impact what is the majority of the Indigenous population.

Metis carver builds York boat at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Pat Calihou's journey building the York boat is about more than resurrecting his ancestors' watercraft. It's about reviving his family’s forgotten culture as he builds the boat piece by piece.
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Urban Indigenous people forgotten in UNDRIP talks, say advocates

Advocates say urban Indigenous residents are being left out of UNDRIP consultations even though a majority of B.C.’s Indigenous people live off-reserve.