Wawmeesh Hamilton

Wawmeesh Hamilton is an associate producer with CBC Vancouver’s Urban Nations, which covers the news of urban Indigenous people in Metro Vancouver and in towns across B.C. His work about Indigenous people and reconciliation has also been published on CBC Radio, CBC Online and CBC Indigenous. The two-time Webster Award nominee graduated from the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in 2016. Wawmeesh lives in Vancouver and is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C.

Latest from Wawmeesh Hamilton

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.

Search for Metro Vancouver's best neighbourhood: Grandview-Woodland, a home for urban Indigenous people

You won’t find an urban Indigenous neighbourhood in Vancouver like Chinatown, Little India or Little Italy. But what you will find is Grandview Woodland.

Homeless campers evicted from parking lot near CRAB Park pitch new camp next door

A group of homeless people evicted from the occupied area of a parking lot on Vancouver Port Authority property near CRAB Park have moved their camp next door to another port authority property.

B.C. Supreme Court judge grants injunction to clear CRAB Park homeless campers

The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted the Vancouver Port Authority an injunction against members of an illegal tent city who are occupying land next to CRAB Park on Vancouver's waterfront.

Homeless people explain decision to camp by CRAB Park as they prepare to fight port authority injunction

Despite the promise of shelter, medical attention and access to a safe supply of drugs given to the residents of Oppenheimer Park, many chose instead to keep living on the streets. The camp by CRAB Park has grown steadily in size and currently has about 60 people.

Can't go home: No ID strands Indigenous man on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Rod Maxwell arrived in Vancouver from Terrace, B.C., last month. But a series of mishaps, including having his ID stolen, have left Maxwell wandering the streets of the city's Downtown Eastside.

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.
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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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