“Getting back to those stories I wrote as a teen – in 2011 I fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a published author. My debut collection of short stories called Midnight Sweatlodge was published The stories explore the young Indigenous experience in Canada, and some of the unique struggles these youth endure. It has won a number of awards, including an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012.”
Occupation: Video Journalist, CBC
- Waubgeshig is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan
- He is also a fan of the Buffalo Bills and the German national soccer team.
- Waubgeshig says that his grandmother has had a major influence on his life. She is an avid supporter of his work.
- He loves to learn about his community and Ojibway language
Personal and Professional Experiences
- Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation.
- He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002
- He has been writing since he was a teen.
- The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write.
- He began his journalism career at 17 as an exchange student in Northern Germany.
- Before his time at CBC, Rice worked as the Toronto bureau reporter for the Weather Network.
- Waubgeshig has worked for CBC since 2006.
- He has produced television and radio documentaries
- Winner of the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for Excellence in First Nation’s Storytelling
- He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child, hearing stories and teachings from elders in his home community about his Anishinaabe background. As a teenager, he began writing about some of the unique experiences of growing up on a reserve in Canada.
- I was born to an Anishinaabe father and a Canadian mother. Growing up a mixed-blood person in Canada in the 1980s and 90s was both a very rewarding and sometimes difficult experience.
- Waub believes that staying true to his roots has been key in his success as a journalist and published author.
- The INSPIRATION ….The day he witnessed 9/11 from the newsroom as a Ryerson J-school intern, Waub knew he would someday work in broadcast news.
- “I was there was actually September 11. As tragic as that day was, it was very eye opening to experience it in the CBC newsroom. With all the confusion of that day, it was up to the media to let the public know exactly what was going on as quickly as possible. I knew then I wanted to be in broadcast news.”
- “One of the most memorable stories I worked on was covering the residential school apology in Winnipeg back in 2008. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs had booked large conference rooms at a downtown hotel and invited more than 1000 survivors to come and watch. It was an emotionally powerful moment, and once all was said and done, there was an uplifting sense of relief and survivors were ready to talk.”
- Waubgeshig’s book, “Legacy” was released in September of 2014. “It’s about a group of siblings from an Ojibway community in northern Ontario that’s dealing with the tragic death of their sister. It follows them on a healing journey as they struggle to cope with their loss.” “It’s been the biggest creative project of my life.”