Nelson Bird is a journalist and member of the Peepeekisis First Nation. He has degrees in Indigenous Studies and Journalism from the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University) and the University of Regina. He also has a certificate in Indian Communication Arts.
He began his career with CTV Saskatchewan as a News Reporter, Aboriginal Affairs Specialist, Host and Co-Producer of the weekly program Indigenous Circle. Nelson spent 15 years with the show, and his work gave him the opportunity to cover events and produce documentaries about First Nations people and culture. He has won six Radio Television News Directors’ Association (RTNDA) awards in Canada, and internationally, he has won the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) award for Best Documentary two times. He has also won the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Gold Ribbon award, one of the highest honours in the industry for his 2007 documentary Calling Home.
In 2013, Nelson became the Assignment Editor at CTV Regina, the first First Nations person to hold this position in CTV Saskatchewan.
Nelson is also committed to helping Aboriginal youth, and mentors young journalists entering the field. He inspires them to dream big, to reach for their dreams, and to never give up. He has facilitated workshops at an SIFC Young Writers conference, has been a guest instructor for two INCA Summer Journalism Institutes and served as the Global Chair for one semester at the University of Regina School of Journalism.
Nelson lives in Regina with his wife and their pets.