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InFocus advances the latest news stories and puts them into perspective. Join host Melissa Ridgen 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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Tougher rules needed for healing lodges, Tori Stafford’s dad tells APTN InFocus

There has been a lot of talk about healing lodges after Tori Stafford’s killer was transferred to one from a traditional prison.

Moving Terry-Lynne McClintic, 28, to the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan from Grand Valley outraged many Canadians.

In this episode Marlene Orr, Matt Willan and Tori’s father, Rodney put healing lodges InFocus.

Originally aired November 7, 2018


Hosts of The Other Side bring their paranormal activity to the set of InFocus

The hosts of the APTN show The Other Side join InFocus host Melissa Ridgen for a ghostly hour of paranormal activity on the Halloween edition of InFocus.

The Other Side is a paranormal investigative show that airs on APTN each week, investigating paranormal activity in a variety of locations across the country.

Two ghost chasers, Jeff Richards and Tom Charles, tell stories of haunted hotels, family homes and abandoned buildings and where encounters include physical contact and meeting with loved ones.

Originally aired October 31, 2018


Métis, who are they?

Host Melissa Ridgen and her guests dig deep into the discussion about what makes the Métis, Métis.

Some say it’s simply the children of Indigenous and European parents. But can it be anyone who has Indigenous ancestors in their bloodline?

Groups in Eastern Canada say that having an Indigenous ancestor in your history, even hundreds of years ago, makes a person Métis.

Originally aired October 24, 2018


Legal Weed goes on sale across Canada

After years of criminalization, the Canadian government has made it legal to purchase and smoke cannabis.

And many First Nations are getting in on the industry on the ground floor.

In this episode Host Melissa Ridgen cuts through the haze and puts cannabis legalization InFocus.

Originally aired October 17, 2018


Breaking through the stereotypes immigrants are learning about Indigenous peoples

Starting over in a new country is stressful. There’s a lot to learn.

But what happens when you hear inaccurate information? How do you know what is true and what is false?

In this episode, we put new Canadians’ misconceptions and stereotypes of Indigenous people InFocus and explore initiatives that are setting the record straight.

Originally aired October 10, 2018


Youth leaders discuss concerns and what we can do better

What is important to youth today?

On the InFocus season premiere with host Melissa Ridgen, we talk to youth leaders to find out the issues that affect youth most and the possible solutions.

Originally aired October 3, 2018


First Contact participants reunite to speak about their 28 day journey

In this special edition of InFocus all six participants of the series, First Contact, join host Melissa Ridgen to share their thoughts on the 28 day journey that took them to Indigenous communities across Canada.

Their experiences confronted and challenged their perceptions about Indigenous Peoples.

Originally aired September 13, 2018


Community hosts and producers share insight into First Contact

In this special edition of InFocus with host Melissa Ridgen, we hear the perspectives of community hosts and producers of the three part series, First Contact.

The show features six non-Indigenous Canadians with negative stereotypical views of Indigenous Peoples in Canada who are taken on a 28 day journey.

Originally aired September 12, 2018