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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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Season Six


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.

Originally aired December 10, 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.

Originally aired December 3, 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.

Originally aired November 26, 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?

Originally aired November 19, 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.

Originally aired November 12, 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.

Originally aired November 5, 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.

Originally aired October 29, 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 growing city of Winnipeg with clean drinking was completed. Shoal Lake 40s 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 and people literally died just trying to get home.

Erwin Redsky was the long-time Chief of Shoal Lake 40. He says the 100 years of forced isolation have “been devastating.”

Originally aired October 22, 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.

Originally aired October 15, 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.

Originally aired October 8, 2019