Angela Sterritt is a Vancouver based award-winning journalist, author and artist from the Gitanmaax band of the Gitxsan nation. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years and has been with the CBC since 2003.
In 2021, Sterritt won an Academy award (Canadian Screen Award) for best reporter of the year in Canada for her coverage of an Indigenous man and his then 12-year-old granddaughter who were racially profiled and arrested while trying to open her first bank account at BMO. Sterritt also won a national Radio Television Digital News Association award for the same reporting. In 2020, she was nominated for best local reporter by the Canadian Screen Awards for her reporting on Indigenous babies apprehended by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
In 2020, Sterritt was named in Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 list of city’s most influential people. In the same year, 2020 Sterritt’s book Unbroken, a work that is part memoir and part investigation of the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women was bought by Greystone Books.
From 2018- 2019, Sterritt was a keynote speaker, emcee, and moderator at dozens of events, including giving a Ted Talk, a Massey Lecture hosting Tanya Talaga’s talk and a number of other prestigious events. In 2019, Sterritt’s documentary on the complexity of Indigenous support for and challenges against the TransMountain Pipeline expansion project won an RTDNA award for best long feature.
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 a television, radio and online reporter. She is a proud member of the Gitxsan Nation.
In 2018, Sterritt was chosen among three other Canadian authors to adjudicate the esteemed $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Political Book Prize. In that year she was also selected to be a juror for numerous journalism and arts awards across Canada.
In 2018, Sterritt won multiple awards for her CBC column, Reconcile This which explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in British Columbia. Among many awards, it won an international Gabriel award and led to policy changes including significant changes at the Ministry of Children and Family Development and its treatment of Indigenous parents and children.
In 2017, Sterritt accepted the Investigative Award of the year from Journalists for Freedom of Expression for her team at CBC and their coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She won Best Audio Work of the Year in 2016 at the prominent ImagineNative film festival in Toronto for her CBC documentary called ‘The Story She Carries’. In the same year, Sterritt was nominated for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her writing on MMIW.
Sterritt’s a text feature on missing and murdered Indigenous, women, girls and two-spirit people earned her a nomination for a Canadian Association of Journalists Award. 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 2015 Sterritt was awarded a prestigious William Southam Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto and is the first known Indigenous person in 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.
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