Angela Sterritt is a Vancouver based, award-winning journalist, author and artist from the Gitanmaax community of the Gitxsan Nation on her dad’s side and from Bell Island Newfoundland on her maternal side. Sterritt has worked as a journalist for close to twenty years and has worked with the CBC since 2004. She is currently the host of the CBC original podcast Land Back, to be released in June 2022. Sterritt has worked as a multi-platform reporter with CBC Vancouver since 2016.
Her book Unbroken, a work that is part memoir and part investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women will be published on September 27, 2022 by Greystone Books.
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 arrested while trying to open a bank account at BMO. Sterritt also won a national Radio Television Digital News Association award for the same reporting. In 2020, Sterritt was named in Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 list of city’s most influential people.
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 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.
In 2020, Sterritt gave a Ted Talk about smashing stereotypes of Indigenous people.In 2018 she hosted a Tanya Talaga’s Massey lecture.
In 2018, Sterritt was chosen among three other Canadian authors to adjudicate the esteemed $25,000 Shaunessy 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 called Reconcile This which explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in British Columbia. Among many awards, it won an international Gabriel award. It also led to many 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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