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

'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.

Assembly of First Nations creates plan to help homeless Indigenous population in cities

The Assembly of First Nations is creating a national action plan that includes helping homeless First Nations people living off reserve.

'It body-shames girls': B.C. teen prompts school district to change student dress code

Jaylene Kuo, 18, is being applauded for her advocacy by the Comox Valley School District, which recently announced that it has revised the dress codes at its 20 schools after Kuo presented her objections to some of the language and policies. 

Name change considered for B.C. elementary school that commemorates racist politician

A.W. Neill Elementary School in Port Alberni is named after a late member of parliament who supported the Indian Residential School System as an Indian agent, was pro-Japanese internment, and opposed Asian immigration.

Indigenous leaders must do more to help Oppenheimer Park homeless, advocate says

An Oppenheimer Park homeless advocate says most of the people living in the jumble of tents in the park are Indigenous. And she's wondering why Indigenous leaders aren't trying harder to help them.