61 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

61 Episodes | 2017 - 2019

RCMP interrogation and child apprehension in Canada

May 22nd, 2019


On this episode of InFocus we discuss child apprehension and the video of an RCMP officer interviewing an Indigenous teen after she reported a sexual …

Nazi flag flap highlights Saskatchewan’s race problem

May 15th, 2019


On this episode of InFocus we discuss the Nazi flag flap that drew the world’s eye to Saskatchewan, the boom you might not know about in Indigenous business in Canada and a province struggling with one of the highest …

Serial killers hunting large swaths of Canada: criminologist

May 1st, 2019


On this episode of InFocus: From the west coast to the Golden Horseshoe surrounding Toronto, there is evidence to suggest serial killers are hunting …

Flood evacuees for eight years, Little Saskatchewan residents finally have a place to go home to

April 24th, 2019


Every year, many communities across Turtle Island near rivers and lakes brace for the possibility of a spring flood.

Often, traditional lands have become flood-prone from man-made dams or diversions or communities were …

Re-direct money from Indigenous affairs departments: researcher

April 17th, 2019


An average family of five people who have status cards could be more than $20,000 richer each year if treaty annuity payments were based on today’s …

Decades of promises, but little action as mercury still takes lives in Grassy Narrows

April 3rd, 2019


Some 900 people live in Grassy Narrows and health official say 90 per cent have signs of mercury poisoning, which include vision and hearing impairment, tremors, and decreased cognitive function.

That and more on this …

Justice system an ‘industry’ profiting off Indigenous offenders and victims

March 27th, 2019


In this episode of InFocus: Less than five per cent of the population in Canada is Indigenous, yet Indigenous men make up 28 per cent of those behind …

Feds can’t solve Indigenous issues on its own says Clint Davis

March 20th, 2019


In this episode of InFocus: Clint Davis, the chair of the Labrador Capital Strategy Trust (LCST) says the issues facing Indigenous communities run so …

Returning Indigenous artifacts necessary to reconciliation yet still a struggle

March 13th, 2019


In this episode of InFocus: The phenomenon of hoarding skeletal remains and cultural artifacts of Inuit, Metis and First Nations by private …

Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘thrown under the bus’ to save corporate and political elites: Bill Wilson

March 6th, 2019


It’s a scandal that has rocked the Liberal government for the past month.

Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould quit …

Questioning the usefulness of land acknowledgements

February 27th, 2019


Land acknowledgements have been growing in popularity in the past 10 years to the point they’re now at most events or gatherings.

But while they’re …

Food sovereignty is not just about rights, but better physical health and emotional well-being

February 20th, 2019


With hunting and harvesting rights being attacked, and the cost of food going up, how are First Nation, Metis and Inuit people supposed to get back to traditional eating, or make healthy food choices on a tight budget?

Cat Lake First Nation tries to get federal attention by declaring state of emergency based on Jordan’s Principle

February 13th, 2019


From mould to overcrowding, we're putting the housing crisis on First Nations InFocus.

Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state …

CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families says former case worker

February 6th, 2019


This episode of InFocus was the last in a three-part series putting the child welfare system under the microscope.

Natasha Reimer spent her entire life bounced from foster home to foster home when she was apprehended as …

A mother shares her experience with the child welfare system on InFocus

January 30th, 2019


On the second edition of a three-part series about child and family services (CFS) on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen talks with parents who found themselves targets of CFS agencies and how they beat or continue to fight …

Inside the CFS system on InFocus

January 23rd, 2019


High apprehension rate makes families distrust child and family services (CFS) agencies.

On this first of a three-part series on CFS, Host Melissa Ridgen talked to a child advocate and a former CFS worker who shed light …

Indigenous satire helps deal with harsh realities

January 16th, 2019


Indigenous people live with a lot of harsh realities – poverty, inter-generational trauma, murdered and missing loved ones, suicide, racism, …

InFocus talks drag, Two Spirit and all things fabulous

January 9th, 2019


Two spirit people have been a part of Indigenous culture long before settlers arrived in North America. Colonization brought many things with it, …

Behind the scenes of APTN Investigates

January 2nd, 2019


Have you ever wondered how an investigative news story comes together? How journalists get to the bottom of complex topics?

On this addition of APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen sits down with the APTN Investigates …

‘E for effort’: Grading Canada’s path to reconciliation

December 19th, 2018


On this year’s final addition of InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen took a hard look at how 2018 was in terms of reconciliation.

What were the steps …

What are they teaching our kids?

December 12th, 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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