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Face To Face, hosted by Dennis Ward, is an interview show with a focus on Indigenous issues. We not only talk to those in the headlines, but also those who are affected by the many problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.


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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.

Originally aired December 5, 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.

Originally aired November 28, 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.

Originally aired November 21, 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.

Originally aired November 14, 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.

Originally aired November 7, 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.

Originally aired October 31, 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.

Originally aired October 24, 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.

Originally aired October 17, 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.

Originally aired October 10, 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.

Originally aired October 3, 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.

Originally aired May 23, 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.

Originally aired May 16, 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.

Originally aired May 9, 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.

Originally aired May 2, 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.

Originally aired April 25, 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.

Originally aired April 18, 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.

Originally aired April 11, 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.

Originally aired April 4, 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.

Originally aired March 28, 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.

Originally aired March 21, 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.

Originally aired March 14, 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.

Originally aired March 7, 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.

Originally aired February 28, 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.

Originally aired February 21, 2017