APTN National News and APTN Investigates have been nominated for nine awards presented by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).
The annual awards are presented for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for the previous year. Recipients will be announced on May 5 at the CAJ gala and conference in Toronto.
“My whole team works tirelessly to tell those stories which are important to Indigenous people and all Canadians. The work they do every day is changing the landscape of Canada, by educating the public and building a new understanding of the country we live in,” said Karyn Pugliese, executive director of News and Currents Affairs. “It is so rewarding to see their hard work recognized by their peers at the Canadian Association of Journalists.
“Congratulations APTN nominees,” she added.
Journalists Kenneth Jackson and Willow Fiddler are recognized for their work in the Scoop Category for bringing forward new information on the case of teen Tammy Keeash who drowned in Thunder Bay.
Fiddler has also been nominated for the CAJ’s new Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award for her heartbreaking story about a Thunder Bay woman who was given weeks to live after she was struck with a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle.
Jackson also got the nod for Daily Excellence, for his story about the deaths of three young Indigenous girls at Ontario group homes.
Journalist Kathleen Martens was also nominated for two entries, both APTN Investigates episodes. Article 23 explored at the inequality of employment in Nunavut was nominated in the CWA CANADA/CAJ award for Labour reporting.
Martens’ Truth? Or Reconciliation an hour-long special about how the Indian Residential Schools Settlement failed survivors is up for the Open Broadcast News award. She shares the nomination with APTN Investigates executive producer Paul Barnsley and producer Holly Moore.
Trina Roache appears in the JHR/Human Rights reporting category for In the Shadow of the Dam, her take on the Muskrat Falls protests- her first episode for APTN Investigates.
Cullen Crozier is also recognized for Against their Will in the same category. In his APTN Investigates episode, Crozier exposed the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in a Saskatoon hospital that has now led to a class action lawsuit representing more than 50 women.
Veteran APTN Investigates video journalist Rob Smith is also recognized in the Open Media category for Killer Pain which goes street level to the opiod crisis in Vancouver.
Moore is also in the Open Media category for The cure was worse, bringing the total number of nominations for Investigates to six.
“I’m incredibly proud of all the nominees and once again grateful for the opportunity APTN has provided to create and manage its investigative team.” said Barnsley. “I think today proves the talent pool of Indigenous journalists is deep.”
“We’ve had several hugely talented and highly valued team players move on to other roles at APTN and yet the show keeps improving and punching far above its weight as reinforcements arrive and add their talent and passion to the mix.”