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.
Daniels is also 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 CBC North.
Bearskin Diary (2015) is her first novel. This is the story of a young girl who was taken from her family by the Canadian government, and placed in foster care during the 1960’s. To Daniels, the “60’s Scoop” was one of the last great efforts at the assimilation of Aboriginal Canadians, but the effect of that historic act left a devastating mark. “Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced. Inspired by the author’s own experiences, this novel is relevant to many of the most pressing issues facing Canadians today.” Bearkskin Diary has been translated into 10 languages and released worldwide. It has also been shortlisted for Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award (2016) and the Saskatchewan Book Awards – Fiction Award (2016)
Her work has garnered many awards including: 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award; Best Newscast by the RTNDA in 2005 and 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, and has been nominated for A Prairie Music Award for her CD of Aboriginal women’s drum songs.