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APTN Investigates is the first Indigenous investigative news program in Canada, offering viewers hard-hitting reports and stories.

Produced by award-winning journalists, APTN Investigates is committed to seeking the truth for our people.

As Season 10 of APTN Investigates unfolds, each week you can hear 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. It’s a new interview every Friday.


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Retrospective: Prospering in media the hard way

It’s been a unique journey for APTN Vancouver Video Journalist Tina House. She learned how to be in the right place at the right time from her Metis leader father. She picked up the skills she needed to survive and prosper in media the hard way, waiting tables along the way.

Then during the very first season of APTN Investigates, Tina House was awarded the Amnesty International Human Rights Journalism Award for a story about a missing and then murdered relative. Karyn Pugliese and Tina House discuss Missing Women and so much more on APTN Investigates: A Retrospective.

Originally aired November 18, 2018


Retrospective: Child labour in the newsroom

Francine Compton’s father made her transcribe interviews as a child, then encouraged her to study broadcast, telling her one day Indigenous people would have their own TV network.

She was still a teenager when she was put in charge of APTN’s studio crew. She’s since worked as a reporter, producer and is now part of APTN’s management team. We talk about this plus her Investigates story on fracking, before fracking was a thing.

Originally aired November 11, 2018


Retrospective: Single Moms, Lies and Videotape

It became clear early on at APTN that the majority of reporters it was hiring were single moms. Melissa Ridgen talks about balancing motherhood and journalism.

As well this episode dives into Ridgen’s investigation into the scandal surrounding the Manitoba Association Of Native Firefighters’ (MANFF’s) apparent disregard for its duty to care for flood victims, not to mention taxpayer dollars. We talk about why it’s important to investigate these stories, despite the fear that it may perpetuate a stereotype.

Originally aired November 4, 2018


Retrospective: A shoebox full of documents sealed with duct tape

Kenneth Jackson, a former Ottawa Sun crime reporter trying his hand as a freelancer, got the box. In it were documents with politicians’ names, someone who had a personal connection to the prime minister and a mass of information about First Nations water.

Jackson put the box in the trunk of his car and drove to the Ottawa home of his best friend, a reporter named Jorge Barrera who had been working at APTN as a web reporter. That launched one of the most widely reported investigations into a Canadian political scandal. Spoiler alert: Kenneth got a job at APTN.

Originally aired October 28, 2018


Retrospective: “I didn’t think that could happen in Canada.”

Todd Lamirande had been at APTN for only a year when he transferred to BC to open the Vancouver bureau – located in his one bedroom apartment. Shortly thereafter, the police illegally seized his car and his tapes.

It was a precarious start, but so began an 18-year career at APTN, and Lamirande – who never wanted to work in television –began his ascent, becoming one of the best known on air personalities at APTN. Lamirande also tells how he unravelled the mystery behind the missing Bell of Batoche. Or did he?

Originally aired October 21, 2018


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.

Barnsley won the life-time achievement award for human right reporting, and has mentored dozens of Indigenous journalists.

Originally aired October 14, 2018


Retrospective: The story that saved lives

Award-winning Cheryl McKenzie, known as the face of APTN for more than a decade speaks about her career, a breakthrough story that saved dozens of lives, and the of launch Investigative journalism by Indigenous peoples – a first in the world.

Originally aired October 7, 2018