About

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. He developed a strong passion for storytelling as a child while learning about being Anishinaabe. The stories his elders shared and his unique experiences growing up in his community inspired him to write creatively. Some of the stories he wrote as a teenager eventually became Midnight Sweatlodge, his first collection of fiction published by Theytus Books in 2011. His debut novel, Legacy, was also published by Theytus in the summer of 2014. His journalism career began when he was a 17-year-old exchange student in northern Germany, writing about being Anishinaabe in a European country for newspapers back in Canada. He graduated from Ryerson University’s journalism program in 2002, and has worked in a variety of media across Canada since. He started working for CBC in Winnipeg in 2006. Along with reporting the news, he has produced television and radio documentaries and features for the public broadcaster. He currently works as a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for Excellence in First Nation Storytelling.

14 Comments

  1. Linda Strange

    Hi Waubgeshig: I came looking for you as I have missed you for a long timte on Winnipeg television and wondered where you went and what you are doing. I will look agan from time to time, as I wish y ou well in your search.
    LL

  2. Lois Todd

    Hi Waub:
    Like Linda (Sept.20,2011) we too have missed you from the National broadcasting from Winnipeg. It was good visiting with your Grandma last summer and to hear about you living in Ottawa and writing a book.
    We are so happy to see that the book is finished and that you are touring & doing readings. This is all such good news. You are a great journalist and we are looking forward to reading “Midnight Sweatlodge”.
    Larry & I wish you well in your work and in your life, Waub.
    We feel blessed that our paths crossed again while you were in Winnipeg.
    All the best, Lois

  3. andrew cardozo

    Hi Waubgeshig:

  4. andrew cardozo

    Hi Waubgeshig:
    I want to invite you to speak to a class I teach at Carleton on media policy. I woudl liek you to share your thoughts on media and broadcasting as an accomplished Aboriginal journalist. Date: Thursday evening November 17.
    Look fwd to hearing from you and will provide more details.
    Thanks
    Andrew

  5. Andrea Cordonier

    Hi Waubgeshig:

    Do you know where I can buy your book in Ottawa? Doesn’t look like there are any in stock at Chapters. I know I can order online but I was hoping to get my hands on a copy early this week.

    Kindest regards,

    Andrea

  6. Hi Waub.

    I hope it is ok to comment here. I was not sure how else to get in touch with you. I just wanted to say I say the video you put together in regards to our situation at the house. It is really well done and I want to say thank you. We are getting phone calls and emails from friends that watched it this evening.

    Thank you again and again!!!!

    Kevin

    Please drop me a line.

  7. Hi Waub,

    Just wanted to say hi and that I am now an avid reader of your blog! I am an aspiring journalist who just moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg. I met you a few years back when you interviewed my cousin and I for CBC about our late cousin Tannis Bird who died in a car crash in ’07. I’ve been a fan of your work for a while now, and I hope to find your book somewhere soon!

    Keep up the great work, you are inspiring! 🙂

  8. Julianna Morin

    Good day, Mr. Rice.

    My name is Julianna Morin and I am a student in the Indigenous Studies
    program at the University of Ottawa, under professor George Sioui and
    Elder Rarihokwats.

    I really love your reporting style, and wish, as I’m sure my fellow viwevers do, that we could see and hear you more! You consistently cover stories from a novel perspective and make invaluable insights into what’s going-on in this nation of ours.

    I would be interested in opening-up a discussion with you about how you view your role in the Canadian decolonization movement, both as a self-identifying member of the Ojibway nation and as someone who is employed by a major, mainstream media outlet.

    Any input you could offer – at your convenience, of course – would be
    greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely, Julianna Morin

    Contact: jmori102@uottawa.ca

  9. Jennifer Campbell

    Hello Waub! So nice to find you here in your corner of the web! I’m working on a project scrapbooking our days as an exchange student in Germany and thought I would take a peak to see what old friends I could turn up online, and lo and behold, I came across your site!

    So fun to see where life has taken you and I’d love to get my hands on a copy of your book sometime soon. Hope this short message finds you well!

    With fond memories,
    Jen Campbell (Nee Ottaway)

  10. Paton

    Hello Waub,

    I too am a new author having just had my second book contracted to a publisher. The first was, ” King of Algonquin Park” and the second, a sequel or companion book is entitled, ” The King’ Ransom”. I find writing to be very much addictive, a very important part of my life.

    I am a feared, that my mother was one of those church workers at an Indian residential school. however, she dearly loved the children, her father and grandfather having spent their lives working for and with Indian peoples. I have her photo album from seventy years ago. She didn’t read nursery rhymes to us, she told us the stories of all the beautiful little Indian children in her photo album.

    Her grandfather, Jon Sampson Scarlett was a Crown Lands Agent in Ontario and a very good friend of the Ojibway Chief Musqua Ukee, a grand chief of the Muskoka tribes. Musqua Ukee actually gave his own name and then a given name to my great grandfather at the time he was made an honourary chief back in the 1880s. My great grandfather became Musqua Ukee Muskogee Kapa Wee Kapa Wits. That of course is a phonetic spelling as we only heard the name, never ever saw it written.

    We are sooooooooo very proud of that Indian connection, but I search for a REAL genetic connection as when I hear drumming it sooooo stirs my heart that there HAS to be a genetic connection. It would have to be a mix of Indian and Dutch I think back in the state of New York back in the 1600s. I will not give up the search. I would be so proud to know I had Native heritage.

    At least I do have a native fourth great uncle in the personage of the noble Shawnee Chief “Blue Jacket” who was a Chief prior to Tecumseth.

    I m VERY MUCH looking forward to your writer’s workshop and to meeting you in Thessalon in September.

    Paton

  11. Jay Howden

    Hello, sir. I empathize with your keyboard stalemate, though it sounds like yours is in the past tense now. Thoughtful, vulnerable post about the writing life, and no, it didn’t feel overly self-referential or precious. Not to worry.

    Should’ve/Wish I’d met you at the JRS Comeback event last month in Ottawa; I was waiting for/talking to John when you and your bride slipped out. Pardon my barging in here, but I’m coordinating the panel for the World Religion Day ’15 celebration at City Hall, and would love to hear from you and begin a conversation about that. Peace.

  12. Victor O Connell

    May I introduce my website: http://www.victoroconnell.com where you can find information about my new novel, Eaglechild. It centres on a boy, Rupert, who is the only son of an English Earl and a Spanish Countess. Rupert is drawn to the way of life of the First Nations of Canda and constructs a tipi on his father’s estate in Oxfordshire, England and invents an imaginary Cree friend. In 1982, when at Oxford University, he encounters an 83-year-old Cree elder who has come to England following a vision quest dream to meet the “White Queen” and confront Parliament about the treaties Britain made with his grandfather. Rupert gets involved in the First Nations constitutional campaign with surprising results. Meanwhile, a corrupt Canadian official working in the Canadian “embassy” causes a crisis forRupert and his father, the Earl. It is a tale of family, tribe, nation and the search for identity and includes references to residential schools, forced adoption, many aspects of spirituality and Indian sovereignty. t is uplifting and positive. I am offering a limited number of free copies of the e-book to anyone who would like to review it.

  13. fsdg

    “Watching history unfold before your eyes, and then telling the rest of the country about it, is one of the greatest privileges of being a journalist. I was extremely grateful just to be there to capture some of the powerful spirit of that day”

    you are no journalist. you are a drunk nations apologist getting free time from the cbc.

    http://www.theprovince.com/life/Invermere+area+aboriginal+addictions+centre+closes+after+audit+into+expenses+wages/11610768/story.html

  14. Silverleaf Writers Guild

    The Northern Ontario Book Fair will take place from June 24 to July 1, 2017 at Gillies Lake in Timmins, ON. Authors from anywhere in Northern Ontario are welcome to sell their books at the fair. You don’t pay anything up front to sell your books, and they can be sold all week. All we ask in exchange is that you volunteer to man the booth for at least two 5 hour shifts over the course of the week (or send a proxy to volunteer on your behalf) whenever is convenient. The shifts are from noon to 5 pm and 5pm to 10 pm everyday of the event. We will also collect at 10% consignment at the end of the week to help cover our administrative costs. We are running the event to coincide with Timmins’ Stars & Thunder festival to take advantage of the additional traffic. The City of Timmins anticipates up to 23,000 spectators over the course of the week. Let us know if you are interested. Thanks!



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