Angela Sterritt is an award-winning journalist, writer, and artist from British Columbia. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years and has been with the CBC since 2003. Her reports have appeared in the Globe and Mail, The National, CBC’s The Current, and various other national and local news programs. She currently works with CBC Vancouver as television, radio and online reporter, producer and host.
In the fall of 2017, Sterritt launched “Reconcile This,” a CBC column that explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in British Columbia. Only in its third run, the column had already created significant impact. One column comparing MCFD’s advertisements of children in care to those ads from the Sixties Scoop compelled MCFD to remove them and in another, a publisher removed a book being used in the B.C. school system that Indigenous people called racist.
Sterritt recently traveled to Toronto to accept the Investigative Award of the Year from Journalists for Freedom of Expression for her team at CBC Indigenous and their coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Also, recently, she won Best Audio Work of the Year (2016) at the prominent ImagineNative film festival in Toronto for her CBC documentary called The Story She Carries. Sterritt was also recently (October 2016) Nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her writing on MMIW.
Sterritt was nominated for a Canadian Association of Journalists Award for a text feature she wrote on missing and murdered Indigenous, women, girls and two-spirit people. The topic is the focus of a book she is now writing that digs into the cases of those missing or murdered along the Highway of Tears, at the Pickton farm and in Manitoba.
In 2014 Sterritt was awarded a prestigious William Southam Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto and is the first known Indigenous person of Canada ever to receive the award in the school’s 60-year history.
Sterritt and her production team at CBC’s 8th Fire (WATCH here) earned a nomination for a Canadian Screen Award for their digital platform with the groundbreaking TV series on Indigenous history and current realities.
Her other awards include winning Best Radio of the year (2013) at the ImagineNative Film Festival, for her documentary on Cindy Blackstock and two CBC President’s awards for her work as a producer on CBC’s 8th Fire and a reporter at CBC Aboriginal.
Sterritt is also a visual artist with her paintings exhibited across the world. In August of 2016, she painted a large mural in Jiangxi China with eight other international artists. In 2012 took on the dream of her life — animating and exhibiting five of her original paintings on over 300 LCD screens on the Toronto Transit system, 33 English Malls, and the Calgary Airport. The theme was the 1200+ missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.
As a motivational speaker, Sterritt talks about her climb from being a vulnerable Indigenous youth living in poverty to becoming one of Canada’s top journalists. She also talks about breaking stereotypes and creating change and relationships in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In her service work, Sterritt speaks to journalists and students in newsrooms and in university classrooms about reporting in Indigenous communities.
She is available to be reached at the contacts below:
Angela dot sterritt @ cbc dot ca