APTN Investigates marks its 10th season with a special half hour edition of highlights from the first nine seasons. Every Sunday, APTN Investigates: A Retrospective will feature one of the show’s many award winning investigative episodes.
Hosted by the program’s creator, Executive Producer Paul Barnsley, it’s a chance to see again the stories that made the program’s reputation.
Follow-up One-on-One Interviews
Each week APTN Investigates: A Retrospective will feature additional one-on-one interviews with the people who created the show, who made their contributions and moved on, and those who continue the work today. APTN Executive News Director, Karyn Pugliese, asks the questions. Watch the Retrospective follow-up interviews on YouTube by clicking the links below or listen and subscribe to the APTN Investigates’ audio podcast.
OCT 7, 2018: HAIRCUT
Hair. It has great significance for Indigenous people, especially for men. So why did a school employee feel it was their right to cut the hair of a young pow wow dancer? Cheryl Mackenzie reports from Thunder Bay in 2009.
Retrospective: The story that saved lives. Award-winning Cheryl McKenzie, known as the face of APTN for more than a decade speaks about the her career, a breakthrough story that saved dozens of lives, and the of launch Investigative journalism by Indigenous peoples – a first in the world.
OCT 14, 2018: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
An American businessman was giving away free laptop computers on the Blood Reserve in southern Alberta. The band council was working with him. However, there was one big catch. In 2014, Paul Barnsley followed the paper trail and stopped a big con.
Retrospective: Through the Looking Glass. For a long time Paul Barnsley was the only investigative journalist on the Native beat, and today he remains one of the most respected journalists among Indigenous people in Canada. In Through the Looking Glass he talks about his career and offers wisdom from his own experience to non-Aboriginal reporters breaking in on the beat.
OCT 21, 2018: BELL OF BATOCHE
For more than a decade, the Metis have been trying to solve the mystery of what happened to the Bell of Batoche. Some say it’s lost forever. Others say they may know who has it. Todd Lamirande broke this story in 2009.
OCT 28, 2018: CARSON
He was a former senior advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He knew the ins and outs of the federal government machine. In addition, he knew where he could get his hands on more than $300 million that was intended to provide clean drinking water for First Nation communities. When Kenneth Jackson and Jorge Barrera discovered how Bruce Carson planned to get that cash and what he intended to do with it, APTN Investigates had 2011’s news story of the year.
NOV 4, 2018: MISSING WOMEN
To date more that 500 Indigenous women have been found dead or reported missing. This alarming number is on the rise. Yet somehow, these women continue to fall through the cracks in Canadian society. Tina House explains. It’s a 2010 story that could be told today
NOV 11, 2018: IAP INVESTIGATION
Residential schools are one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history – especially for those who lived through it. Can money buy back years of emotional damage? Kathleen Martens looks at the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) in 2012.
NOV 18, 2018: DESIGNER DRUGS
As new designer drugs start being introduced on the city streets, more dangers start to arise. However, how long will it be before it is introduced to Indigenous communities? One Mi’kmaq community fights to keep it out. Melissa Ridgen has more from 2012.
NOV 25, 2018: UNMARKED GRAVES
A discovery, which was believed to be human remains, near a former residential school has stirred up many questions. Are they from a child? How many more are there? Todd Lamirande tells us what the experts uncovered. This was a Todd Lamirande investigation from 2012.
DEC 2, 2018: FRACKING/BLOOD
What would you do if your drinking water was being contaminated? Would you fight it? Three women from the Blood Tribe found themselves in handcuffs for wanting answers from an oil company. Francine Compton has the full story from Season Four.