Carla Robinson / Freelance Journalist

Carla Robinson is Haisla and Heiltsuk and grew up in the communities of Bella Bella and Kitamaat, BC. She is a journalist, an entrepreneur, an inspiring public speaker, a college professor and a mother. When asked what title she prefers, she says “Renaissance Woman.”

Carla began her television career here in BC; first working as a reporter for BCTV (now Global News), and then as a producer and reporter at CBC-Vancouver on a pilot series, All My Relations.

For 13 years Carla was invited into Canadian’s homes through their television screens as a broadcaster with CBC News Network (formerly Newsworld). She also co-produced and hosted a program called Absolutely Canadian: the First People’s Edition. Behind the scenes, Carla was a passionate advocate for her fellow First Nations, Metis and Inuit journalists and a leader who encouraged her news organization to continually improve its coverage of Indigenous issues and people. In 2012, Carla hosted an independent geneology series called All Our Relations, which aired on APTN and CBC TV.

In 1996 she graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s Graduate School of Journalism. Before that, she completed her Honours degree in Mass Communications from Carleton University while working for various government departments. This fall, Carla began teaching the first Indigenous focused writing and reasoning course at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

In 2012 Carla launched her own production company Carla Robinson Media Productions.  She is currently working with BC Director Loretta Todd to raise funds to make her sister Eden Robinson’s Giller Prize nominated book Monkey Beach into a movie.

Alongside her husband, Drew Hill, with his company the Abor Group, Carla recently helped design and deliver a highly successful and engaging Indigenous focused energy conservation program. In three years, it achieved a participant signup rate in 50 Ontario First Nation communities throughout Ontario that was far higher than any conservation initiative in the province. Their design is now being used as a model for other energy conservation programs.

Carla lives in Brantford / Six Nations with Drew and their three children. In addition to the work they have done together they also own and manage two rental properties. In her spare time, Carla enjoys hiking, gardening, working out, emceeing and hosting events, and coming home to BC every summer to visit family and can fish.