InFocus

41 EpisodesProduced by APTN

InFocus advances the latest news stories and puts them into perspective. Join host Melissa Ridgen as she puts the news viewers want to see “in focus”, providing in-depth analysis to give the ‘story behind the story’. Informational and educational, InFocus provides a detailed examination of the issue… read more

41 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

What are they teaching our kids?

December 12th, 2018

50:43

This week on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen takes a closer look at what we’re teaching our kids in school.

Are children — Indigenous and non-Indigenous …

‘Nothing short of a nightmare’: The Indigenous experience on campus

December 5th, 2018

48:40

On this edition to APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen looks at Indigenous experiences on campus, from the perspective of educators and students.

There’s no shortage of stories in the news or social media of incidents …

‘Bringing us back to tradition and spirit’: A look at Indigenous Sport

November 28th, 2018

48:47

In this episode, Melissa Ridgen put Indigenous athletes and sport InFocus.

She spoke with Olympic hopeful James Lavallee. The Red River Métis kayaker …

Putting the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework InFocus

November 21st, 2018

49:55

It’s an issue that has taken up its fair share of the media spotlight over the past few months – but do people understand what the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework actually is?

InFocus Host Melissa …

Shopping while brown: InFocus tackles racial profiling

November 14th, 2018

48:38

Racial profiling can come in many forms. Have you ever been followed by store staff while shopping? Do you seem to get served differently in …

Tougher rules needed for healing lodges, Tori Stafford’s dad tells APTN InFocus

November 7th, 2018

48:30

There has been a lot of talk about healing lodges after Tori Stafford’s killer was transferred to one from a traditional prison.

Moving Terry-Lynne McClintic, 28, to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan from …

Hosts of The Other Side bring their paranormal activity to the set of InFocus

October 31st, 2018

47:48

The hosts of the APTN show The Other Side join InFocus host Melissa Ridgen for a ghostly hour of paranormal activity on the Halloween edition of InFocus.

The Other Side is a paranormal investigative show that airs on …

Métis, who are they?

October 24th, 2018

48:48

Host Melissa Ridgen and her guests dig deep into the discussion about what makes the Métis, Métis.

Some say it’s simply the children of Indigenous and European parents.  But can it be anyone who has Indigenous ancestors …

Legal Weed goes on sale across Canada

October 17th, 2018

46:39

After years of criminalization, the Canadian government has made it legal to purchase and smoke cannabis.

And many First Nations are getting in on the industry on the ground floor.

In this episode Host Melissa Ridgen …

Breaking through the stereotypes immigrants are learning about Indigenous peoples

October 10th, 2018

50:07

Starting over in a new country is stressful. There’s a lot to learn.

But what happens when you hear inaccurate information? How do you know what is …

Youth leaders discuss concerns and what we can do better

October 3rd, 2018

52:23

What is important to youth today?

On the InFocus season premiere with host Melissa Ridgen, we talk to youth leaders to find out the issues that …

First Contact participants reunite to speak about their 28 day journey

September 13th, 2018

45:45

In this special edition of InFocus all six participants of the series, First Contact, join host Melissa Ridgen to share their thoughts on the 28 day journey that took them to Indigenous communities across Canada.

Their …

Community hosts and producers share insight into First Contact

September 12th, 2018

44:17

In this special edition of InFocus with host Melissa Ridgen, we hear the perspectives of community hosts and producers of the three part series, First Contact.

The show features six non-Indigenous Canadians with …

A look at the national chief election and the future of the AFN

July 25th, 2018

49:17

InFocus is in Vancouver for the Assembly of First Nations election of national chief. Host Dennis Ward invited members of the AFN’s Youth Council to the desk to talk about the future of the First Nation lobby group.

Season finale: Trans Mountain, MMIWG Inquiry & AFN are put InFocus

May 30th, 2018

49:30

It’s shaping up to be a busy summer. The fate of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline. A request for an extension of the MMIWG National Inquiry. Will Perry Bellegarde hang on as National Chief in the …

Relevancy of AFN and election of National Chief put InFocus

May 23rd, 2018

48:30

In July, Chiefs will vote for a National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Candidates are already stepping forward to challenge Perry …

Missing youth falling victim to exploitation

May 16th, 2018

49:04

In the city of Winnipeg, the number of missing person incidents has been rising in recent years. In 2017, there was nearly 11,000 incidents of missing persons reported. Many of those missing person cases are running …

Mounting opposition to proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

May 9th, 2018

49:45

Kinder Morgan was under fire from major shareholders calling for more transparency and better environmental practices. 

The leader of Tiny House …

First Nation wants to become ‘Tim Hortons of Cannabis’

March 21st, 2018

48:56

On this episode, we put the pending legalization of recreational cannabis InFocus with Sinclair, Indigenous Roots Vice President Michael Fontaine, …

Justice for Colten Boushie, MMIWG inquiry extension and Thunder Bay police

March 14th, 2018

49:17

The decision by the Saskatchewan Crown attorney not to appeal the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, policing in Thunder Bay and a possible extension for …

Standing Rock: One year later

March 7th, 2018

49:59

The #NoDAPL movement has now spread to fight other pipeline projects like Enbridge’s Line 3 and Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion.

Iron Eyes, a former United States Congressional candidate, award winning …

Tina Fontaine: The life and the legacy

February 28th, 2018

49:45

The acquittal of Raymond Cormier is still fresh in the minds of many who were hoping for justice for Tina Fontaine and there are still a lot of questions on what will happen next.

We put the Raymond Cormier trial and …

Alanis Obomsawin: 50 years of creating documentaries - with no end in sight

February 21st, 2018

48:53

Award winning filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin joins host Dennis Ward on this episode of InFocus to speak at depth of her beginnings, her career and why she isn’t stopping anytime soon.

‘Watershed moment for the country’: Examining the Gerald Stanley verdict

February 14th, 2018

49:56

After the verdict of the Gerald Stanley trial and the rallies that followed across the country, Dennis Ward is joined by activist Erica Violet Lee …

InFocus examines those left out of the proposed ‘60s Scoop settlement

February 7th, 2018

49:36

It’s a proposed $800-million dollar settlement for Indigenous children who were ripped from their homes and families during the 60s Scoop. But the …

Impacting our Indigenous youth, one sport at a time

January 31st, 2018

50:40

With sports fans all over the world gearing up for the 2018 winter Olympics, InFocus had the conversation about Indigenous in sport.

Our guest host …

On eve of emergency meeting everyone agrees child welfare system is in crisis

January 24th, 2018

49:31

It’s a humanitarian crisis. That’s the focus of a two-day ‘emergency meeting’ on child welfare in Ottawa happening Thursday and Friday.

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott, children’s advocate Cindy Blackstock, …

Looking back on 2017: An inquiry ‘dead in the water’ and ‘blatant racism’ from a sitting senator

January 17th, 2018

49:23

Should the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?

Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh …

Don Amero: Sharing his love of music and his love for the holiday season

December 13th, 2017

50:33

Award-winning singer-songwriter, Don Amero performs on APTN InFocus and shared his love of music and his love for the holiday season.

In this show, …

Hirings, firings and delays: A look behind the National Inquiry into MMIWG

December 6th, 2017

49:58

It’s been over a year since the National Inquiry into MMIWG began its mandate, but it hasn’t come without much criticism and controversy.

In this episode of InFocus, we talk about some of those issues such as how many …

Deaths, drugs and gangs: Putting Thunder Bay’s problems into perspective

November 29th, 2017

48:20

The troubles in Thunder Bay have people living on the edge. On this episode of InFocus, we put those problems into perspective as APTN reporter Willow Fiddler digs deeper into what’s happening.

APTN’s Dennis Ward also …

They fought and they won. Now, they are getting their apology.

November 22nd, 2017

48:37

On Friday, November 24th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be apologising to former residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. They …

Bringing an end to sex discrimination

November 15th, 2017

49:06

In this episode we put Bill S-3 In Focus. That’s the legislation currently in front of the Senate that, if passed, will end sex discrimination in the …

Aboriginal Veterans Day: Honoring the thousands who are under recognized

November 8th, 2017

49:14

November 8th is Aboriginal Veterans Day. A day to honor and remember the contributions Indigenous people made for our country in times of war and peacekeeping. Veteran Affairs Canada says more than 7000 First Nations …

The dark past and injustices of tuberculosis sanatoria in Canada

November 1st, 2017

46:21

Tuberculosis was a highly contagious and often fatal lung disease. Before a vaccination was found, patients were put on long periods of bed rest, …

Getting perspective on the Nunavut election and what’s at stake

October 25th, 2017

48:24

October 30th Nunavut holds their fifth general election, since the territory was created in 1999.

Kent Driscoll, Jim Bell, Lindsey Qanguk and Helen …

The 60s Scoop settlement and the issues behind it

October 18th, 2017

48:23

Canada is offering a compensation worth $800 million dollars, for status Indians. This Agreement-In-Principal excludes non-status and Metis.

Coleen …

Bringing attention to Canada’s secret shame: Human Trafficking

October 11th, 2017

48:17

There is a crime robbing victims of their most basic human right, and it's happening right here in our country, mostly towards our Indigenous women and girls: Human trafficking.

Joy Smith, founder of the Joy Smith …

A look at what needs to change: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and Thunder Bay

October 4th, 2017

44:41

Gladys Radek and Bernie Williams, co-founders of the ‘Walk 4 Justice’ movement, along with Tim Fontaine, a Winnipeg-based journalist and Kathleen Martens, a reporter at APTN, share their perspectives on the National …

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