Wawmeesh G. Hamilton


Wawmeesh George Hamilton is an award winning journalist/photographer and a three-time BC-Yukon Community Newspaper Association award winner. He has garnered three Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards and was a 2018 Webster Award nominee. He graduated in 2016 with an MA from the UBC graduate school of journalism. He is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C. @Wawmeesh

Latest from Wawmeesh G. Hamilton

Remembering a hereditary chief with a brilliant mind killed in action in France

In August 1944, Edward Clutesi — of the Tseshaht First Nation — was killed while fighting in the Battle of Normandy and the retaking of Caen. He is one of thousands of Indigenous people who fought for Canada and is remembered on National Aboriginal Veterans Day.

Young Indigenous basketballers relish high-level competition and tribal pride at upcoming Indigenous Games

For one athlete, the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto are her first time travelling out of B.C. For another player, it’s a return to high-level competitive basketball.

Nisga'a ring in their new year with Hobiyee celebration in B.C.

The PNE Forum in Vancouver resonated with singing and drumming as First Nations peoples celebrated Hobiyee, the start of the Nisga’a new year.

Caring for Aboriginal sex offenders cast out of communities

In the anarchic world of prison, where other inmates often target and kill sex offenders, there are those whose job it is to care for men cast away from cultural and familial roots. These caregivers are often the only people left in sex offenders’ lives

Aboriginal man found not guilty of sex offence but banished from home

Hopkins is originally from Heiltsuk First Nation, a community located in Bella Bella on B.C.’s Northwest Coast. He has not been allowed to return home in 13 years.

Culture plays key role in reintegrating Aboriginal sex offender to his First Nation home

“It's hard living with this stigma because I know I've made that mistake. I take responsibility for that. That's not the person I am."

Vancouver occupation of INAC office ends

The week-long occupation of an Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver by a group of Indigenous mothers is over.

Vancouver #OccupyINAC group vows to stay until demands met

A group of women and children have been occupying the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in Vancouver since Monday, April 18. The small group of Indigenous mothers and their children are vowing to stay until their demands are met.

First Nations ring in lunar new year with Hobiyee celebration

More than 500 singers and dancers participated in Nisga’a Hobiyee celebration in Vancouver.

Old time hardware store closing doors after 88 years

Streamers True Value Hardware Store opened its doors in Cranberry Portage, Man., almost 90 years ago. It has survived two fires and the Great Depression, but age and the drudgery of small business is forcing the brothers who own it to turn off the store's 'Open' light one last time.

Siloam Mission sees 'heartbreaking' increase in number of users

Siloam Mission served 2,000 more meals in May than it did in April. An increase in tenant evictions, more transients and lack of social housing are to blame.

Probe of B.C. urban aboriginal agencies sought in light of Paige's Story

Spending by B.C. urban aboriginal agencies should be reviewed and aboriginal leadership held accountable after the death of Paige, a 19-year old aboriginal girl who died of an overdose on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in 2013, says Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Manitoba adoptees', birth parents' identities revealed under new legislation

The search is over for thousands of Manitoba adoptees and birthparents, who now have access to each others' identities. Access to identity information now brings closure to some, but unanswered questions remain for others.

Northwest Indigenous Council aims to advocate for B.C.'s urban aboriginal people

Led by veteran aboriginal rights leader Ernie Crey, the Northwest Indigenous Council aims to be the political voice for B.C.’s urban aboriginal people.

Perry Bellegarde, AFN chief, says reconciliation means closing poverty gap

Closing the social and economic gap is a linchpin in reconciliation between aboriginal people and the rest of Canada, AFN Grand Chief Perry Bellgarde said Monday on the eve of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission releasing its final report.