Non-Fiction Writer in Residence: Angela Sterritt

Angela Sterritt, 2023 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

SFU Library's Non-Fiction Writer in Residence program

The SFU Library Non-Fiction Writer in Residence program emphasizes the power of non-fiction writing to share knowledge beyond academia, enhancing the SFU community's capacity to tell compelling research and scholarship stories. This complements the Library's growing activities in the area of knowledge mobilization.

The Non-Fiction Writer in Residence will:

  • Deliver workshops on non-fiction writing for public audiences
  • Showcase non-fiction writing that brings scholarship to a public audience through public events
  • Offer opportunities for SFU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff to receive feedback and support on their own public writing projects

About Angela Sterritt, the 2023 Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

Angela Sterritt is SFU Library's Non-Fiction Writer in Residence January - April 2023.

Angela Sterritt
Photo credit: Maggie McPherson

Angela Sterritt is an award-winning investigative journalist and author 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 television, radio, and digital journalist for more than a decade. She is currently the host of the CBC original podcast Land Back, to be released in November 2022.

Her book Unbroken, a work that is part memoir and part investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women will be published on May 30, 2023, 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 the 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 2017, Sterritt accepted the Investigative Award of the Year from Canadian Journalists for Free Expression for coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women. She was awarded a prestigious William Southam Journalism Fellowship at Massey College in Toronto and was the first known First Nations person in Canada ever to receive the award in the school’s 60-year history

As a motivational speaker, Sterritt talks about breaking stereotypes and creating change and relationships in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. In 2020, she gave a Ted Talk about smashing stereotypes of Indigenous people.


Spring 2023: manuscript consultations with the Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

Angela Sterritt is offering 30-minute non-fiction writing consultations for SFU students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows, including for opinion pieces, personal essays and memoir, features, or news articles. She is open to discussing both projects in the idea phase or manuscripts.

Submissions are now closed.

Spring 2023: workshops with the Non-Fiction Writer in Residence

The workshops series is now complete.

January 2023 Event: Meet Angela Sterritt

Celebrate SFU Library’s incoming Non-Fiction Writer in Residence! Join Angela Sterritt for an evening of conversation with journalist and writer Michelle Cyca on Monday, January 16, 2023, at 7pm, in-person at SFU Vancouver.

The event is free, and open to the public. Presented by SFU Library and SFU Public Square.

About Michelle Cyca

Michelle Cyca

Michelle Cyca is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to Maclean's. Her features, essays and literary criticism can be found in The Walrus, Chatelaine, Canadian Business, Quill & Quire, IndigiNews, and The Tyee, among other publications. She participated in the Banff Centre's Literary Journalism Residency in 2022, and was the co-publisher of SAD Mag from 2013 until 2018. Michelle is a member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 6 territory, and lives in Vancouver with her family.


January 16 event details, reception, and registration

Date: January 16, 2023
Time: 7pm
Location: Room 1200-1500, SFU Segal Building (500 Granville St.)

The event is free and open to the public. Please join us for a reception after the event.

This event will be recorded and shared afterwards.

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Ticket holders: Doors open at 6:30PM. As this SFU Library event is free, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full program, your ticket reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend you arrive early.

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