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Aboriginal Artist, Writer and Storyteller.

Carol Daniels

Biography

Carol Daniels is a professional writer, singer/drummer, artist and storyteller in Regina Saskatchewan and a member of the Cree First Nation.  Her visual art has most recently been featured at the First Nations University of Canada and the Elsie Scherle Art Galleries.  She has also has been inspiring students as a touring artist with Sask-culture and the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society.  She is currently working on a new children’s book that will feature new, original stories and illustrations.

Personal life

Carol was born in Regina, Saskatchewan but is originally from Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan. She is of Cree and Chipewyan descent.  She now resides in Kinookimaw Beach, Saskatchewan with her husband Lyle Daniels and three children.

Media career

Carol is a Canadian television journalist, musician and writer. She was formerly an anchor on CBC Newsworld, becoming the first aboriginal woman to anchor a national news broadcast in Canada, and later became original host of In-Vision News on APTN.  Carol was also the anchor of CBC News Northbeat on the CBC North system in the Canadian territories.

Carol was the first Aboriginal person to embark on a career in southern Canada in television broadcasting at CKCK TV in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1983. Years later, experiencing some ups and down as a freelance broadcaster for the CBC in New Brunswick, she decided to study law at the University of New Brunswick, eventually becoming the first Aboriginal woman to become a Lay Bencher with the Law Society of Manitoba.

But her other lives dominated in serendipitous ways. Walking down the hall at the CBC in Calgary, she was interrupted by a group of Aboriginal women who said, “You’re perfect.” They thought she was auditioning for a role in Thomas King’s “Borders,” a movie-of-the week in the CBC’s “Four Directions” project. She auditioned successfully, beginning a three-year sojourn as an actress on television and on stage in Calgary.- Awards –

Her work has garnered awards, including:

A 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Best Newscast – Prairie Region – by the RTNDA in 2005 & 2006; Best Television News Anchor, Manitoba Film and Television Industry; and Best Producer, Best Feature Story, Best Live Coverage and General Excellence, by Native American Journalists Association. She has been inducted into the Northwest Territories Hall of Fame, has been nominated for A Prairie Music Award for her CD of Aboriginal women’s drum songs, and has received writer’s grants from the Canada Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Northwest Territories government.