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InFocus advances the latest news stories and puts them into perspective. Join host Juanita Towtongie 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 issues affecting our communities.


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Don Amero: Sharing his love of music and his love for the holiday season

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, you’ll hear some of Don’s favorite songs and the meanings behind them. And perhaps get into the holiday spirit, just a little bit more.

Originally aired December 13, 2017


Hirings, firings and delays: A look behind the National Inquiry into MMIWG

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 staff have left or been let go, the lack of after-care for families testifying and the anticipation to a request for an extension.

Originally aired December 6, 2017


Deaths, drugs and gangs: Putting Thunder Bay’s problems into perspective

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 shares his experience as a reporter in Thunder Bay. Also James Favel, Executive Director at Bear Clan, spoke about how the 900-volunteer-member strong organization patrols streets.

Originally aired November 29, 2017


They fought and they won. Now, they are getting their apology.

On Friday, November 24th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be apologising to former residential school students in Newfoundland and Labrador. They were excluded from the 2008 apology. What did it take? A class action lawsuit and a recommendation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In this episode of InFocus, we give you perspective from residential school survivors from Labrador and across the country.

Originally aired November 22, 2017


Bringing an end to sex discrimination

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 Indian Act. Its aim is to restore full legal status to First Nations women and their children who were not eligible before.

Todd Lamirande, Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, Chief Rick O’Bomsawin and Donna Partridge joined us to discuss the impact of Bill S-3. It’s a discussion not going away anytime soon, and it’s a discussion worthy of continuing.

Originally aired November 15, 2017


Aboriginal Veterans Day: Honoring the thousands who are under recognized

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 members served in the First and Second World Wars, including the Korean War.

In this episode of InFocus, three veterans share their experience. Bill Shead, Devin Beaudry and Denis Lamirande. Join us as we honor the thousands of Indigenous veterans who defended Canada.

Originally aired November 8, 2017


The dark past and injustices of tuberculosis sanatoria in Canada

Tuberculosis was a highly contagious and often fatal lung disease. Before a vaccination was found, patients were put on long periods of bed rest, given a nourishing diet and hours of fresh air… But a lot more than that happened them.

In this episode we take a look at sanatoriums where Indigenous people were sent for treatment of TB. Holly Moore, Gerald McIvor and Ian Mosby give us their perspectives.

Originally aired November 1, 2017


Getting perspective on the Nunavut election and what’s at stake

October 30th Nunavut holds their fifth general election, since the territory was created in 1999.

Kent Driscoll, Jim Bell, Lindsey Qanguk and Helen Navalik Tologanak look at the many different difficulties affecting Nunavut and what they hope the next elected government will achieve.

Originally aired October 25, 2017


The 60s Scoop settlement and the issues behind it

Canada is offering a compensation worth $800 million dollars, for status Indians. This Agreement-In-Principal excludes non-status and Metis.

Coleen Rajotte and Marlene Orgeron, adoptees, along with Garth Myers, lawyer at Koskie Minski LLP join the discussion and shed some light on the controversy behind the 60s Scoop settlement.

Originally aired October 18, 2017


Bringing attention to Canada’s secret shame: Human Trafficking

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 Foundation and Alaya McIvor, a survivor from human trafficking share their voices on the issue. Marly Day also joins the discussion, she is one of the founders of a grandmother’s group in Sault Ste. Marie that raises awareness about human trafficking.

Originally aired October 11, 2017


A look at what needs to change: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and Thunder Bay

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 Inquiry into MMIWG.

We also discuss the recent incidents and tragedies in Thunder Bay among Indigenous youth. Video journalist Willow Fiddler talks about what she’s been following.

Originally aired October 4, 2017