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Face To Face
Face To Face is an interview show that focuses on Indigenous issues. Host Dennis Ward features guests who make headlines, and those affected by problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.
4 days ago
AFN Regional Chief Kevin Hart
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is AFN Regional Chief for Manitoba Kevin Hart. He has held many portfolios including water, housing, child welfare and MMIWG. Hart just announced he will not be seeking a third term as regional chief for Manitoba.
May 4, 2021
Indigenous helmed shows mark ‘significant moment’ in television history says Cree actor
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is actor, director and educator Michael Greyeyes. Michael who is Plains Cree from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan has had a diverse career on stage and on the screen. To some he is best known for his role as Gooch in the movie “Dance Me Outside”. He is currently starring in the American sitcom “Rutherford Falls” - a show garnering a lot of buzz.
Apr 27, 2021
First Nation Sensation portrayed his wrestling gimmick in a positive way
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is the First Nations sensation, pro wrestler Wavell Starr. Starr is a member of the Star Blanket First Nation in Saskatchewan. He has held numerous titles including the Canadian Wresting Federation's Heavy Weight Championship.
Apr 20, 2021
Award winning filmmaker tackles misrepresentation of crisis in her nation
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is writer, director, producer and actor, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. Elle-Máijá is a member of the Kainai First Nation as well as Sámi from Norway. Her latest film is ‘Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy’ - an intimate portrait of her community and the impacts of the substance use and overdose epidemic.
Apr 13, 2021
Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner is making music to work through grief
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner. The Juno nominated artist is from Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Manitoba’s Interlake. In March of 2021, he released his latest album - Thunderbird.
Apr 6, 2021
Métis collective who feel they’re ‘not being heard’ are speaking up
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face are Breanne Lavallee-Heckert and Seraph-Eden Carr. They are part of Red River Echoes - a collective of Metis in Manitoba and beyond who are raising concerns over a series of statements and actions by the leadership of the Manitoba Metis Federation. The collective first spoke out after the MMF took out a full page advertisement in a Winnipeg newspaper expressing solidarity with the city’s police service.
Mar 30, 2021
Family connections run deep at Qaumajuq exhibit in Winnipeg
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Heather Igloliorte an Inuk scholar, curator and art historian from Nunatsiavut. Heather is an associate professor of Indigenous art history at Concordia College in Montreal. She is also one of the curators of INUA - the first exhibition at Qaumajuq the Winnipeg Art Gallery's new Inuit art centre.
Mar 23, 2021
Ontario MPP ‘ashamed to be part of Canada’ over treatment of Indigenous Peoples
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Ontario NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa. Sol is a Kingfisher Lake band member and a resident of Sioux Lookout. He is the opposition critic for Indigenous relations and reconciliation, and acted as a health advisor for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Mar 16, 2021
Pandemic has magnified inequalities says community leader
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Diane Redsky, Executive Director of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Diane has worked to address the many of the issues facing Winnipeg’s Indigenous community in areas of health, justice, education and social services. She is a strong advocate for Indigenous children's and women's issues.
Mar 9, 2021
Romeo Saganash says Justin Trudeau still doesn’t care about Indigenous Peoples
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Cree lawyer and former member of parliament and residential school survivor, Romeo Saganash. Romeo was first elected as an NDP MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou in 2011. He decided to step away from federal politics in 2019.
Mar 2, 2021
Internationally renowned leader George Manuel’s legacy should be taught in school says family
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is filmmaker and educator Doreen Manuel. Doreen is the director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She recently co-authored an update to her father's biography - "Brotherhood To Nationhood: George Manuel And The Making Of The Modern Indian Movement"
Feb 23, 2021
Mi’kmaq hip hop artist Blake Francis wants his verses to have purpose
Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Blake Francis - A Mi'kmaq hip-hop artist from Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick and former member of the award winning rap group, City Natives. When Francis first started rapping, it was all about having fun but now Francis feels he can use his voice to make a statement about the injustices Indigenous people face.
Feb 16, 2021
Cree Anishinaabe physician talks medicine, and a need to trust the COVID-19 vaccine
At the age of four, Marcia Anderson says she knew that one day, she wanted to become a doctor. Twenty years later, Anderson was the youngest Indigenous graduate from the Faculty of Medicine in Manitoba and the youngest president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. On this episode of Face to Face Anderson talks about medicine and a need to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.
Feb 9, 2021
Sarain Fox documenting and preserving her auntie’s stories before they’re lost
Our guest this week is artist, activist and ambassador, Sarain Fox. Sarain is Anishinaabe from Batchewana First Nation, just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. She is no stranger to viewers of APTN, Sarain recently released her directorial debut Inendi.
Feb 2, 2021
Siege on the Capitol, Keystone XL and the impact of COVID-19 on Tribes
Our guest this week is Aliyah Chavez - a multimedia reporter with Indian Country Today based in Phoenix, Arizona. Indian Country Today is a digital news platform covering Indigenous news across the United States. Aliyah is a member of Kewa Pueblo, one of the 21 Indigenous nations in New Mexico. She is a journalism and communications graduate from Stanford University.
Jan 26, 2021
New record label aims to bring Indigenous music to the masses
Launching a brand new venture in the middle of global pandemic may not seem like the best idea but it’s working out pretty well for Red Music Rising. Director and artist manager Matt Maw says the pandemic allowed him to focus on building the company and the brand. On this episode of Maw explains why there is a need for an Indigenous-only music company and how Red Music Rising is filling the gap.
Jan 19, 2021
Ontario chief RoseAnne Archibald hopes a woman is the next AFN national chief
Our guest this week is Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald. Archibald became the first woman elected to the position in 2018. She has been politically involved for 30 years when she became the first woman and the youngest chief elected in her community of Taykwa Tagamou First Nation in 1990. She is one of three female regional chiefs for the Assembly of First Nations.
Jan 12, 2021
More resources needed for Indigenous filmmakers says director
Award winning documentary filmmaker Loretta Todd recently released her first feature film. Monkey Beach, based on Eden Robinson's book of the same name was released in theatres last fall and is now streaming. Todd, who is also a producer of children's programming, is our guest on this episode of Face to Face.
Jan 5, 2021
TikTok gives Cree jingle dress dancer a new outlook on life
Our guest this week is Swampy Cree jingle dress dancer and TikTok Star Michelle Chubb. The 23-year-old Winnipegger has more than 300-thousand followers on the social media app. Her videos have garnered more than 10 million likes.
Dec 15, 2020
Racist stereotypes exist in other B.C. public services says lawyer
On this episode of Face to Face, Dennis Ward sits down with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. Mary Ellen is a lawyer, judge and a long time advocate for children and youth. She was B.C. representative for children and youth for a decade. In June 2020, Mary Ellen was appointed to head up an investigation into racism in the B.C. health care system.
Dec 8, 2020
Fighting back against a system built on taking kids in Constance Lake
Robyn Bunting has worked in the child welfare system for the past 20 years in communities across Ontario. She is former band councillor and the lead representative on child welfare for her home community of Constance Lake First Nation in northern Ontario. Robyn knows first hand the impacts the system can have on children - having spent time in foster care and group homes as a young girl. Her story on this episode of Face to Face.
Dec 1, 2020
Colonial child protection system being imposed on Indigenous families says Irwin Elman
Ontario's first and only advocate for children and youth is our guest on this episode of Face to Face. The Doug Ford government closed down the office in the spring of 2019. Irwin Elman says government talk about changing the child welfare system amounts to nothing more than nice words.
Nov 24, 2020
‘Spirits of our ancestor’: Shoal Lake 40 is rectifying a century of hardships
Our guest this week has many different titles - researcher, activist, filmmaker and band councillor are among them. Angelina McLeod grew up in her home community of Shoal Lake 40. Recently, she completed a documentary series on her community, which was turned into a man made island in order to provide the City of Winnipeg with clean drinking water, called Freedom Road for the National Film Board.
Nov 17, 2020
‘We are hip hop’ says award winning Indigenous producer, engineer
Our guest this week is Grammy and Juno Award winning producer and engineer David Strickland. David who has family roots running generations deep back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Cree and even Beothuk line. David has worked with Drake, Redman, Method many and many more notable hip hop legends. His latest album - Spirit of Hip Hop was released in 2020 with guest appearances from Indigenous rappers from across North America.
Nov 10, 2020
Physician Barry Lavallee on standing up to the ‘smiling faces’ of systemic racism
Racism does not always show itself in nefarious ways. Having a degree, diploma or letters in front of your name certainly does not mean you cannot be racist. According to Dr. Barry Lavallee, “Racism comes in nice white smiling faces.” On this episode of Face to Face, Physician Barry Lavallee discusses standing up to the ‘smiling faces’ of systemic racism.
Nov 3, 2020
Mi’kmaw chief wants RCMP Commissioner gone, treaties honoured
Buildings and vehicles burned to the ground, fists thrown, flares fired, and property stolen. Just some of the acts of violence captured on camera as the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched its modest livelihood fishery on Sept. 17. Chief Mike Sack was not expecting any of it. On the latest episode of Face to Face Host Dennis Ward sits down with Chief Mike Sack to discuss the ongoing situation in Nova Scotia.
Oct 27, 2020
Actor-producer Jennifer Podemski pushing for ‘narrative sovereignty’
Our guest this week is a familiar face on APTN both on screen and behind the camera. Jennifer Podemski has also recently launched the shine network - to help Indigenous women in the film and television industry.
Oct 20, 2020
Indian Country Today editor says there is a new sense of urgency and division hanging over U.S. election
Every U.S. election is billed as the most important election of our time, but the 2020 election has a new sense of urgency and division says the editor of Indian Country Today (ICT). “The urgency is that so many decisions are being made so quickly,” says Mark Trahant. “But, the partisan divide is about as bitter and rancour as any time since the U-S civil war. On this episode of Face to Face, Mark Trahant explains what’s at stake for Native Americans in this upcoming election.
Oct 13, 2020
Cree filmmaker says she wishes she never had to make nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand
Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard wishes she never had to make the documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand, which follows the family of Colten Boushie, the young man who died from a gunshot to the back of his head in August 2016 after entering the farm property of Gerald Stanley in Saskatchewan. On this episode of Face to Face, Hubbard explains the changes she has seen in the film sector.
Oct 6, 2020
A reckoning happening in Canadian institutions says Anishinaabe broadcaster Jesse Wente
Anishinaabe broadcaster and writer Jesse Wente is one of the most recognizable Indigenous voices on the Canadian media landscape. For more than two decades, he has been a columnist and producer that is not afraid of criticizing the media, including those that write his cheques. Wente believes there has been great strides in the Canadian media for Indigenous peoples, but behind the scenes it’s a different story, he told Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face.
May 26, 2020
Anishinaabe writer Waubgeshig Rice hopes popular novel will be adapted for the screen
Some have called Moon of the Crusted Snow the perfect book for the times we’re in. The novel was released in 2018 to critical praise but it has seen a resurgence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, writer and journalist, Waubgeshig Rice has been asked to pen a sequel to the post-apocalyptic story about a small, northern Anishinaabe community that goes dark as winter looms.
May 19, 2020
Cree doctor hopes for positive changes post-pandemic
Like many people, Dr. James Makokis never imagined the COVID-19 pandemic would be as bad as it has become on Turtle Island. Makokis, who has wanted to be a doctor since he was four years old has had to overcome adversity in order to get to where he is today. Last year Makokis and his partner Anthony Johnson competed and won the Amazing Race Canada. The couple knew it was going to be an opportunity to bring awareness to issues that Indigenous people face. That and more on this episode of Face to Face.
May 12, 2020
Mi’gmaw director says film industry making slow, reluctant steps towards supporting Indigenous filmmakers
Celebrated Mi’gmaw filmmaker, Jeff Barnaby believes the Canadian film industry is making “slow but albeit reluctant” steps towards supporting Indigenous filmmakers. His latest film, Blood Quantum was referred to as an “important step for Native filmmaking” in one glowing review. Barnaby says it took 13 years from coming up with the idea and finding the funding to getting Blood Quantum made and out to the masses.
May 5, 2020
Families in crisis before COVID-19 will be ‘worse off’ coming out pandemic says advocate
The head of a anti-poverty advocacy group in Manitoba says it’s worried about families and the austerity measures governments are likely to put in place, post-pandemic. Kate Kehler is executive director of the Winnipeg Social Planning Council (WSPC). The WPSC is among a group of organizations pushing for the continuation of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, also known as CERB, post-pandemic. That and more on this episode of Face to Face.
Apr 28, 2020
Social media project leads to book deal for Cree artist
It all started as a social media project. Little did Paul Seesequasis know it would eventually lead to a book deal and a visual exhibition. Seesequasis started going through photos in archives, libraries and museums, collecting photos from the 1920s through the ’70s. Historical photos of everyday life in First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. Shortly after sharing them on Twitter and Facebook, people started commenting and recognizing family members and friends.
Apr 21, 2020
Manitoba must get ‘creative’ to keep parents, kids in care connected during pandemic
Manitoba’s child advocate says the province must get creative when it comes to keeping families and children in care of the state in touch during the COVID-19 pandemic where social distancing has become the rule. Changes to visitation rights during the pandemic is a huge shift for kids and families, Daphne Penrose, Manitoba’s Advocate for Children and Youth told Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face.
Apr 14, 2020
‘It was a monumental moment’: APTN News playing a vital role for 20 years
APTN News is marking its 20th anniversary this week. On April 16, 2000, what was then known as InVision News, hit the airwaves. Bruce Spence has been with APTN National News, since day one. Spence is a senior producer and line up editor at APTN National News and has seen it all.
Apr 7, 2020
Forced sterilization a symptom of ‘colonial hangover’ says lawyer
More than 100 Indigenous women in Canada have come forward with stories of forced or coerced sterilization and lawyer Alisa Lombard says it’s nothing new in Canada, nor is it illegal. Lombard is a partner with Saskatchewan based, Semanganis Worme Lombard and is heading up a proposed class action lawsuit representing Indigenous women who have been forced or coerced into sterilization.
Mar 31, 2020
Indigenous lawyer Don Worme says upbringing led him to life of fighting against injustice
Don Worme has taken on cases for families who have had a loved one shot and killed by police and who have died while incarcerated. Often, the long-time defence lawyer represents families of those who are at odds with the justice system. Worme said we need people to stand up and speak out against that injustice and that is something that his grandfather instilled in him.
Mar 24, 2020
‘Nobody cares about us up there’: Attawapiskat singer songwriter Adrian Sutherland says
Traditionally, Adrian Sutherland made an effort to not be so politically charged in his approach to writing music. That changed when he released his debut solo single, Politician Man. The song was born out of long standing issues in Sutherland’s home community of Attawapiskat and the frustrations of trying to raise a family on the First Nation in northern Ontario.
Mar 17, 2020
Interest sparked in Indigenous languages ‘like a hot July fire on the prairies’ says Cree host
His face, voice and clothing have all become synonymous with Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree on APTN. It’s not Earl Wood’s first rodeo – he’s been an MC at pow wows and for various sporting events for decades. The historic first game in March 2019 was, however, the first time Wood had been on television and all that comes with it.
Mar 10, 2020
Lands under attack ‘for profit and for colonialism’ says artist and activist
Victoria Redsun says it is difficult to be a young, Indigenous person in an urban environment right now. The 20 year old Denesuline poet, performer, filmmaker and activist is based in Winnipeg. She says you only have to walk down the streets of Winnipeg to see the ongoing effects of colonialism. But Redsun says she felt safe and accepted during her time at the Unist’ot’en healing centre in British Columbia.
Mar 3, 2020
Energy sector advocate wonders ‘who’s pulling the strings’ in opposing oil and gas projects in Canada
Stephen Buffalo feels there is a lot of misrepresentation around the resource sector and Indigenous people’s opposition to it. Buffalo is the CEO and president of the Indian Resource Council, representing roughly 130 First Nation communities that are producing or have the potential to produce oil and gas. During this episode of Face to Face, Buffalo discusses opportunities and challenges in the energy sector, recent and ongoing protests and blockades and the Wet’suwet’en conflict.
Feb 25, 2020
Metis leader warns that Ontario is the gateway to ‘eastern invasion’
The future of role of the Metis Nation of Ontario within the Metis National Council is a “pivotal debate” says a spokesperson with the national organization. David Chartrand, speaking in the second part of a Face to Face interview with Host Dennis Ward that is set to run Tuesday night, is also the long time president of the Manitoba Metis Federation says Ontario is the “gateway to the eastern invasion.”
Feb 18, 2020
Trans Mountain pipeline ‘important for this country’ says Metis leader
The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is a great opportunity, economically for Metis people says David Chartrand. The long-time President of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is also currently the national spokesperson of the Metis National Council (MNC). Chartrand recently applauded the decision of the Federal Court of Appeal to uphold the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. According to Chartrand, Trans Mountain is a nation-building project.
Feb 11, 2020
‘I was born into opposition’: Eriel Deranger talks about her roots of pushing back
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger jokes about coming up with chants and making protest signs being her arts and crafts while growing up. Just prior to her birth, Deranger’s family was forcibly removed from their trap line in northern Saskatchewan in order to make way for a uranium mine. Deranger, who is Dene and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, then spent the early years of her life growing up downstream from the Alberta oil sands.
Feb 4, 2020
Music industry trailblazer Elaine Bomberry says more investment in artists needed
Elaine Bomberry is a trailblazer in the music industry. For the past three decades, she has produced award winning shows like Rez Bluez on APTN, and managed Juno award winning artists. Bomberry also helped co-create a Juno award category solely for Indigenous artists. But at the start of her career, there were very few Indigenous people working behind the scenes in the music industry.
Jan 28, 2020
SCO Grand Chief says ‘societal change’ needed to end millennial scoop
On this episode of Face to Face: Jerry Daniels has a lot of priorities for his second term as the grand chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) in Manitoba. Improving health outcomes, supporting families, bringing children home, reducing the number of Indigenous peoples incarcerated and tackling the meth crisis are just some of the issues Daniels hopes to address.
Jan 21, 2020
NHL announcer overcomes odds to realize lifelong dream
On this episode of Face to Face: Clarence Iron has overcome many challenges in his lifetime. Now, he says he’s let go of drugs and alcohol and has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Iron, who is a member of Canoe Lake Cree Nation, recently signed a three-year deal with Rogers to provide play by play for Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree on APTN.
Jan 14, 2020
Satirical group promoting pipeline through golf courses, cemeteries and schools
On this episode of Face to Face: Energy is life – that’s the tagline for one of the videos online promoting the Indigenous Pipeline Council. The videos are pranks but the reactions from the people in them are real. The Indigenous Pipeline Council is the work of comedians and environmental rights activists, Gitz Crazyboy and Tito Ybarra. Crazyboy is from Alberta and grew up near the oil sands. Ybarra is from the Red Lake Tribe in Minnesota, in the pathway of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.
Jan 7, 2020
Master carver feels ‘immense responsibility’ to the Witness Blanket
On this episode of Face to Face: The Witness Blanket will forever stand as a national monument to recognize the atrocities of the Indian Residential School era. It was a huge undertaking for artist and Master Carver Carey Newman and his team. More than 800 pieces were gathered from survivors and sites of 77 Residential Schools across Canada.
Dec 17, 2019
Music is ‘my therapy and my outlet’ says Don Amero
On this episode of Face to Face: Life could have turned out a lot different for Don Amero. The award winning musician’s parents split up when he was around 11 years old in what he says was a “really bad divorce.” Growing up, there was always music in the house. Both of Amero’s parents played and sang. Life in the north end of Winnipeg was also rough where Amero says there was a high rate of poverty and a lot of broken homes. For Amero, music quickly became his vice.
Dec 10, 2019
APTN has proven ‘misconceptions false’ about Indigenous network says outgoing CEO Jean La Rose
On this episode of Face to Face – Our conversation with Jean La Rose continued: APTN is marking 20 years on the air and in doing so, it’s proving the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done, wrong says long time CEO Jean La Rose. For those who say “Indigenous people can’t manage their own affairs, no matter what you throw at them it’s either wasted or misspent, I think not only is APTN but many other organizations now are proving those conceptions to be totally false” says La Rose.
Dec 3, 2019
‘We had to prove ourselves in ways that others don’t’: APTN’s outgoing CEO
In this episode of APTN Face to Face: When Jean La Rose was brought on as CEO of APTN the network was in a difficult spot. It was 2002 and the broadcaster was still in its infancy. It was also on the brink of going off the air. APTN was nearly $6-million dollars in debt and the financial situation meant many tough decisions had to be made. While that may have been a low point for the network, there have been many milestones for the CEO who is leaving the network in December after 17 years.
Nov 26, 2019
Fort William chief wants to rebuild relationship with Thunder Bay mayor
In this episode of APTN Face to Face: The long-time chief of Fort William First Nation hopes the relationship with the mayor of Thunder Bay can be repaired. Earlier this year, Peter Collins, chief and the CEO of Fort William, called for Bill Mauro to step down from his role on the embattled Thunder Bay Police Services Board. That and more in this episode of Face to Face.
Nov 19, 2019
People’s attitudes around reconciliation still need to change says award winning playwright Ian Ross
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: All good plays ask a question according to award winning Anishinaabe playwright and author, Ian Ross. Ross’ latest offering, The Third Colour explores the notion of reconciliation and poses the question, what’s next?
Nov 12, 2019
Police and media have more work to do when covering cases of MMIWG says Bernadette Smith
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: Growing up, Bernadette Smith never visited the Manitoba legislature. Smith didn’t see the legislature as a place that reflected her as an Indigenous person. So, to be in her second term as the NDP MLA for the riding of Point Douglas is “very surreal.” One of the first pieces of legislation Smith brought forward was an amendment to the province’s child welfare act. It was an effort to ensure children would not be taken away from their families out of poverty.
Nov 5, 2019
‘We need a movement right now’: says NDP MP Leah Gazan
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: Leah Gazan is looking to bring the grassroots to the House of Commons. Clean air, clean water, food security, affordable housing and basic human rights are all among the issues Gazan has been advocating for her whole life. The newly elected NDP Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre hopes becoming a federal politician provides a new platform to bring these issues forward.
Oct 29, 2019
‘Reconciliation is a political word that’s been co-opted’: says musician Jeremy Dutcher
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: Jeremy Dutcher released his debut album, “Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa” in 2018 which went on to win the prestigious Polaris Music Prize and the 2019 Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. Dutcher used his acceptance speech at the Juno’s to take aim at Prime Minister Trudeau saying a Nation to Nation relationship does not look like pipelines, boil water advisories or sending militarized police into unceded territory.
Oct 22, 2019
100 years of forced isolation ‘devastating’ says former chief
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: In 1919, construction on an aqueduct to provide the city of Winnipeg with clean drinking was completed. Shoal Lake 40's prime land was expropriated for the massive project and the community was turned into a man made island. Shoal Lake 40 fell under one of the longest boil water advisories in Canada. Erwin Redsky was the long-time Chief of Shoal Lake 40. He says the 100 years of forced isolation have “been devastating.”
Oct 15, 2019
Growing up in care is a ‘life long curse’ says Natasha Okemow
In this episode of APTN Face To Face: Natasha (Reimer) Okemow was first placed into the child welfare system in Manitoba when she was one-year-old. During her time in the system, Okemow had 12 different homes, went to four different schools and lived in five different towns. Even though she aged out of care at the age of 21, Okemow knows she can never escape the system because of a controversial practice in Manitoba known as birth alerts.
Oct 8, 2019
Riley Yesno says no to a life in politics but will keep pushing for equality
On the season premiere of APTN Face To Face: Riley Yesno, an Anishinaabe woman from Eabametoong First Nation in northern Ontario who grew up in Thunder Bay. Yesno was a member of the Prime Minister's Youth Council. And earlier this year, she spoke in the House of Commons during the daughters of the vote where she raised the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Jan 15, 2019
Christian Sinclair: First Nation has close to $50M invested in cannabis industry
It was only a few years ago that Opaskwayak Cree Nation was near bankruptcy and third-party management. Now, the northern Manitoba First Nation is the largest shareholder in Canada’s largest private cannabis retail operator. OCN Chief Christian Sinclair has been called the “kingpin of the pot industry” but he jokes he prefers the title of “titan of cannabis.” The First Nation was looking for economic opportunities and discovered the retail side of the cannabis industry was going to be the most lucrative.
Jan 8, 2019
Ryan McMahon: Fighting for Indigenous youth, shining a light on a broken system
The highest homicide and hate crime rates in the country, a police service and police board under investigation and a Mayor facing serious charges. All compelling issues to dive into with a podcast. Those are some of the reasons, Ryan McMahon wanted to put together the five-part series called ‘Thunder Bay’ that aired on the podcast for CANADALAND – but the Anishinaabe comedian, writer and documentarian had other reasons as well.
Dec 18, 2018
Russ Diabo: Our people are demanding fundamental change
Unless there is significant change in the lives of First Nations people, Russ Diabo says there will be more push back from the people. “Our people are increasingly demanding fundamental change, not incremental change,” says Diabo. In this episode of Face To Face, Russ Diabo sits down with Host Dennis Ward.
Dec 11, 2018
Tom Jackson: From life on the streets to fame and hinting at North of 60 reunion
The road to international recognition and fame was a bumpy one for actor, musician and activist, Tom Jackson. In his younger years, Jackson spent time living on the streets of Winnipeg and Toronto. It was in Toronto where Jackson says he had basically dug a hole for himself. In this episode of Face To Face Jackson sits down with Host Dennis Ward to share his story.
Dec 4, 2018
Clément Chartier: Metis National Council takes aim at ‘so-called Metis organizations’
In this episode of Face To Face, the president of the Métis National Council (MNC) says it is facing challenges from “the rise and proliferation of groups in eastern Canada who are falsely claiming Métis rights.” Clément Chartier says people are purchasing “bogus cards” for memberships in organizations they then use to “bilk salespeople” for purchase on items like vehicles. Chartier sits down with Host Dennis Ward to discuss the impact on the Métis Nation.
Nov 27, 2018
Stewart Garnett: ‘It still goes on’ says the 60’s Scoop survivor
Stewart Garnett grew up believing he was white. Garnett was adopted out during the 60’s Scoop to a non-Indigenous family. He moved back in June 2015, just days before the Manitoba government officially apologized for its role in the 60’s Scoop. Stewart Garnett joins Host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face to Face.
Nov 20, 2018
Carolyn Bennett: Responding to criticism from MMIWG inquiry
Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says the Liberal government has made “significant investments” in the recommendations brought forward by the commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Minister Bennett, joins host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face To Face to respond to the “new levels of frustration” the commissioners spoke about weeks earlier on the show.
Nov 13, 2018
Kim Pate: There are too many Indigenous women in prison
Kim Pate has spent the past 35 years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada. According to the independent Senator, things have only gotten worse. In the last two decades, there’s been an explosion in the number of Indigenous women in the prison system. In this episode of Face To Face, Pate joins host Dennis Ward to discuss Canada’s prison systems.
Nov 6, 2018
Clayton Thomas-Muller: Trudeau has a big problem ahead of him
There are a lot of wild cards at play with the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, but Clayton Thomas-Muller believes Indigenous peoples and their allies have the upper hand. “We forced the government to nationalize this pipeline with taxpayer’s’ dollars,” Thomas-Muller tells Host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face to Face.
Oct 30, 2018
Darryl Leroux: Facing backlash after researching the rise of the Eastern Metis
Darryl Leroux says he has faced a backlash for his research into people claiming they are Eastern Metis. He says his critics have contacted his employer and grant providers. Leroux is a professor in the Department of Social Justice and Community Studies in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He joined host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the rise of the Eastern Metis.
Oct 23, 2018
Ry Morin: ‘Reconciliation is not easy’ says national reconciliation director
While buildings and streets are being renamed and statues are coming down in the name of reconciliation, it’s also causing controversy. “Reconciliation is not easy” says Ry Moran, the director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Moran joins host Dennis Ward on this episode to discuss reconciliation in Canada.
Oct 16, 2018
Trudeau government inaction on interim report concerns commissioners of MMIWG inquiry
3 of the 4 Commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls join host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face To Face. Chief Commissioner Marion Buller and Commissioners Michèle Audette and Brian Eyolfson discuss the lack of action taken on the interim report and frustration the Trudeau government.
Oct 9, 2018
Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry: Looking at ‘structures of indifference’ that continue to devalue Indigenous lives
Ten years after the death of Brian Sinclair, Canada’s institutions continue to fail Indigenous people argue co-authors of a new book. “Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City” is a book about the life and death of Brian Sinclair. Co-authors and history professors, Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry join Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the book and the ongoing history of colonialism and Indigenous people’s relationship to it.
Oct 2, 2018
Robert-Falcon Ouellette: ‘The prime minister does give an F’ about the rights of Indigenous Peoples
In this season premiere of Face To Face with host Dennis Ward interviews Liberal Member of Parliament, Robert Falcon Ouellette. From Prime Minister Trudeau ‘giving an F’, Gerald Stanley and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, Ouellette touches on many subjects.
Dec 5, 2017
Tim Fontaine: Creative mind behind the Walking Eagle
It took less than a week for the Walking Eagle News to really soar, billing itself as the “finest source of Indigenous news, anywhere”. Founder, Editor-in-Grand-Chief and Head Writer Tim Fontaine talks about how the “news source” came to be, why he decided to “set fire” to his journalism career. In this episode of Face To Face, Fontaine also discusses his upcoming comedy show that will debut on APTN in the New Year.
Nov 28, 2017
Tanya Talaga: Deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay is a Canadian problem
Award winning, journalist and author Tanya Talaga is known for her investigative reporting for the Toronto Star where she often focuses on Indigenous issues. Most recently, Talaga released the national bestseller, ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’. In this episode of Face To Face, Talaga discusses her book, the ongoing deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay and why it is a Canadian problem.
Nov 21, 2017
Joye Braun: There will never be another Standing Rock but the movement has gone global
The NoDAPL camps near Standing Rock may have been cleared out, but the movement created by the fight against that pipeline is spreading around the world. One of those places is Eagle Butte, South Dakota on Cheyenne River Sioux Territory. That’s where we catch up with Joye Braun, one of the first four people to camp out in Standing Rock. In this episode of Face To Face, Braun reflect back on Standing Rock and looks ahead to what’s next for the movement.
Nov 14, 2017
Theo Fleury: Overcoming sexual abuse to now advocating for victims
Theo Fleury is a Metis kid from a small town who also happens to have an Olympic gold medal and his name on the Stanley Cup. The former NHL superstar has battled with addiction and mental health issues. In 2009, he released a best-selling autobiography where he revealed he had been sexually abused by a former coach. In this episode of Face To Face, Fleury discusses his highs and lows, on and off the ice. He is now an advocate for sexual abuse victims and a public speaker.
Nov 7, 2017
Arlen Dumas: Putting the spotlight on the child welfare system and the path forward from a shuttered rail line
When Arlen Dumas was first elected Chief of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, his goal was to get his people out of third-party management, a goal he achieved. Now, he hopes to get all First Nations in Manitoba out of third-party management. In this episode of Face To Face, Dumas discusses child welfare, the impact of a shuttered rail line to northern Manitoba, a 1-Billion dollar lawsuit against the Manitoba government and his first 100 days in office.
Oct 31, 2017
Arif Virani: Preserving and protecting endangered Indigenous languages
Nearly, three-quarters of all Indigenous languages are endangered in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau has vowed to preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages. Member of Parliament Arif Virani has been tasked with ensuring that happens. In this episode of Face To Face, Virani discusses the work it takes to put this into action and what it’s like as he works to help implement the Indigenous Languages Act.
Oct 24, 2017
Irene Young: An Elders perspective on restorative justice, AJI and the MMIWG National Inquiry
She is a mother and grandmother from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. A residential school survivor and an elder for the Brandon University. Irene Young is also an advisor to community justice workers. In this episode of Face To Face, Young discusses restorative justice, The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry and the National Inquiry into MMIWG.
Oct 17, 2017
Julie Nagam and Jaimie Issac: Providing a powerful platform for insurgence and resurgence
INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is a ground-breaking exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, focused on Indigenous artists from across Canada who are pushing boundaries with their work. In this episode of Face To Face, Co-curators, Dr. Julie Nagam and Jaimie Issac discuss the importance of the exhibition and how art provides a powerful platform for ideas, conversations and understanding.
Oct 10, 2017
Nelson Tagoona: Overcoming personal struggles to help pioneer a new type of music
Nelson Tagoona grew up in Baker Lake, a community in Nunavut with a population of roughly 2,000 people. Now the 23-year-old takes the stage in front of upwards of 15,000 people. In this episode of Face To Face, Tagoona discusses the music he helped pioneer, “throat boxing.” It’s a mix of traditional Inuit throat singing and beat boxing.
Oct 3, 2017
Pam Palmater: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and where it went wrong
Pam Palmater has become a familiar face, often called on to comment on Indigenous issues and with that notoriety also comes criticism. She’s been speaking out for Indigenous rights since she was in grade school and has no plans to stop. In this episode of Face To Face, Palmater discusses the MMIWG National Inquiry, the 10th anniversary of UNDRIP, promises made by the Trudeau government and more.
May 23, 2017
Widia Larivière: A look behind Idle No More’s call to action on Canada’s 150th birthday
Widia Larivière is one of the co-founders of the Quebec chapter of Idle No More and was recently named as one of this year’s recipients of the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. In this episode of Face To Face, Larivière discusses Canada 150 and Idle No More’s call to action on July 1st.
May 16, 2017
Winona LaDuke: Donald Trump and the ongoing fight against pipelines
Internationally renowned activist, environmentalist and economist, Winona LaDuke toured Canada speaking out against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. In this episode of Face To Face, LaDuke discusses Standing Rock, Donald Trump and the fight against approved pipelines in Canada.
May 9, 2017
Kent Monkman: Challenging Canadians to look beyond the country’s 150th birthday celebrations
Artist, Kent Monkman believes at this point in time it’s important to have a critical perspective of Canada. His new art exhibit travelling the country challenges Canadians to have a different point of view. In this episode of Face To Face, Monkman discusses his work that depicts how colonial policies have institutionalized Indigenous peoples in Canada.
May 2, 2017
Cindy Blackstock: The Canadian government and their discrimination towards children on reserves
Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a lifelong advocate for Indigenous youth. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in her favour that federal government discriminates against children on reserves. In this episode of Face To Face, Blackstock discusses her decade long battle against the Canadian government.
Apr 25, 2017
Sue Caribou: Losing hope in the National Inquiry into MMIWG
Sue Caribou had high hopes for The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, after having seven murdered and two missing family members. In this episode of Face To Face, Caribou discusses how she feels nothing good is going to come out of the inquiry and how funding should be directed to helping the families search for loved ones instead.
Apr 18, 2017
James Favel: Bringing Winnipeg together with The Bear Clan Patrol
The Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg re-emerged after 15-year old Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River. With 12 members in 2014, it has now grown to more than 500 volunteers in Winnipeg. In this episode of Face To Face, Executive Director James Favel discusses the story behind the Bear Clan Patrol and why it creates such an impact.
Apr 11, 2017
Sheila North Wilson: The 2017 federal budget and why it’s just not enough
Sheila North Wilson was the first woman to ever be elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. She now represents more than 30 First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. In this episode of Face To Face, Wilson discusses a range of issues including the federal budget, the National Inquiry into MMIWG, youth suicide and a recent audit into the spending practices of her predecessor.
Apr 4, 2017
Dr. Jim Simm: Linking the fentanyl crisis back to overprescribed OxyContin
Dr. Jim Simm is a psychiatrist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with addictions. He believes fentanyl is just the latest in a long line of dangerous opioids. In this episode of Face To Face, Dr. Simm discusses how he believes the ongoing fentanyl crisis is linked back to the approval and over prescription of OxyContin.
Mar 28, 2017
Lester Howse: Overruling the Indian Act and Canadian law with Tribal Sovereignty
Lester Howse was involved in the American Indian Movement in the 1960’s and 70’s and is well known for his knowledge of international law. In this episode of Face To Face, Howse discusses the fight for Tribal Sovereignty in Standing Rock and across the country.
Mar 21, 2017
Cora Morgan: The fight to keep youth and families out of a flawed system
Cora Morgan is the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ Child and Family Advocate for First Nations. Youth in CFS care in Manitoba make up the highest number of runaways, feed the sex trade in Winnipeg and fill the province’s jails. In this episode of Face To Face, Morgan discusses her fight to try to turn things around for youth and their families.
Mar 14, 2017
Rhonda Head: The singer that went from battling brain tumours to playing the world’s biggest stages
Growing up in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, Rhonda Head didn’t discover her voice until she was 18 years old. In this episode of Face To Face, Head discusses her journey from fighting brain tumours to playing Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Mar 7, 2017
David Alexander Robertson: Tackling heavy subjects in a way that appeals to the next generation
David Alexander Robertson never learned about his Indigenous culture and heritage in school, but he’s making sure that is not the case for youth today. In this episode of Face To Face, Robertson discusses how he takes on heavy subjects in his graphic novels.
Feb 28, 2017
Joye Braun: The clash in Standing Rock and how it grew into a worldwide movement
She was one of only a handful of people to first set up camp near Standing Rock. Joye Braun has become one of the most recognizable faces of the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In this episode of Face To Face, Braun discusses the fight on the front lines in North Dakota.
Feb 21, 2017
David Archambault: Behind the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline
The Chairman of the Standing Rock Tribal Council, Dave Archambault, has led the political fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. In this episode of Face To Face, Archambault discusses the highs and lows of the fight and takes on his critics.