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InFocus advances the latest news stories. Join Host Melissa Ridgen as she puts issues into perspective and provides in-depth analysis. Informational and educational, InFocus provides a detailed examination of the issues affecting our communities.
 
InFocus is a live, 30 minute monthly production, airing on WTIU and WFIU. Each show includes a panel of experts, discussing the proposed topic of the month. The focus of this program is to highlight issues or concerns in the state. Each show’s topic is carefully selected to provide useful information to the community, on upcoming policies, and important events. The show allows opportunity for in-depth discussion of topics in areas of the economy, education, and diversity. The goal of the sho ...
 
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It's a bizarre phenomenon - people pretending to be Indigenous to get jobs or grants or even just attention, because it's cool to be us. What's not funny is they are taking highly lucrative work from Indigenous people. They're teaching our histories. They're telling our stories. On this episode, we are putting Indigenous identity fraud InFocus.…
 
The world watched in awe as rioters stormed the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. and sent the heart of American governance into lockdown. For some, it was the relative ease with which rioters seized the building. For others, what struck them was the lack of police violence these criminals were met with compared to how Indigenous and Black people…
 
It’s been five years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada released its report, outlining 94 calls to action to advance reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples across the country. Half a decade later, how has Canada measured up on its promise to implement these calls to action? What progress has been made, and where have we fallen …
 
Many of us are on lockdown and even those who still have some freedom - there aren't events to attend. There’s no reason to dress up - there's no where to go! But good news - Indigenous Fashion Week kicks off and surprise, you're all invited! We've got a jam-packed hour of InFocus for you - clothes, accessories, makeup - all by our people. And some…
 
We all have our traditional, comfort food go-to, be it salmon, or caribou, berries or soups. On this episode of InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen, we take you on a gastronomical tour of favorites from around North America to learn and inspire. Many of these regional foods, you can make in your own region – either old school or with a new twist.…
 
Have you experienced the paranormal? The Other Side is back for a new season to explore some of the scariest ghost stories. The cast and crew join Host Melissa Ridgen on this episode of InFocus to discuss their latest investigation and share what it's like to connect with spirits.Von APTN
 
The violence towards a Mi’kmaq fishery has thrust Indigenous harvest rights into the spotlight. In this episode of InFocus we look at why inherent treaty rights are continually trampled in Canada. Later in the episode, we’ll be looking at why fans of The Other Side are in for an epic treat this Halloween.…
 
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on people in the eight months its had the world in its grip and First Nation, Metis and Inuit people are not excluded. From canceled gatherings and ceremonies to feelings of panic, the grief and isolation is like nothing anyone has experienced before in this lifetime. In our season premiere of InFocus we’re…
 
On this week’s InFocus: How COVID-19 is impacting the Navajo Nation; getting surplus food to First Nations in need; women, children and two-spirits at risk during the pandemic; an update from our doctors panel; and we meet the three Indigenous journalists who will be telling your stories in the Okanagan region.…
 
On this week’s InFocus we have a panel of Indigenous physicians from across the country weighing in on the COVID-19 pandemic including Dr. Marlyn Cook from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Manitoba, Dr. Dan Cutfeet from Alert Bay in B.C., Dr. James Makokis from Kehewin Cree Nation in Alberta, Dr. Veronica McKinney from Northern Health Services in Saskat…
 
Imagine the COVID-19 pandemic meant you can't see your child any more. That's the reality for many parents whose children are in foster care. We'll talk to some including a couple who are charged with kidnapping their children from a supervised visit. They say because they were scared to leave their children in foster care during a pandemic.…
 
We're three weeks into our lockdown and while some of us are going squirrely others have found fun or productive ways to pass the time in isolation. Today we're putting coping with COVID InFocus. We've got some great stuff to share with you and we want to hear from you too - what are you doing to keep busy? What tips do you have for keeping the kid…
 
This April 1 episode of InFocus got appropriately foolish with some of the funniest Indigenous folks providing us with laughter. Guests included Ryan McMahon as Clarence Two Toes, rez-humor goddess Sherry McKay, the all-female all-Indigenous comedy troupe Manifest Destiny's Child, and up and coming comics Chad Anderson and Dakota Herbert. The laugh…
 
As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world, what’s being done in our communities to help? We speak to women making a difference and have plenty of advice on how you and your loved ones – and communities – can stay safe whether you’re in a remote community or an urban centre.Von APTN
 
Imagine a perfect world where your medical care is equal parts cutting-edge modern medicine and traditional cultural care. Well it's happening. And there’s a new report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal discussing how it works, what the benefits are, and how it needs to reach more care facilities, nursing stations, clinics and urban hospi…
 
Ashleigh Cardinal is Cree from Goodfish Lake and has spent nine years working in the oil and gas industry. Victoria Redsun is Dene-Cree from Barren Lands who has spent much of her life fighting the oil and gas industry. Despite coming at it from different perspectives of the industry, both fear the effects that 14 work camps associated with the CGL…
 
APTN InFocus discussed the arrests, the media coverage, the racism, government reaction, and the broader issues in the Wet’suwet’en conflict. We were joined by Molly Wickham, the spokesperson for Gidimt’en Access Point; Ellis Ross, the Liberal MLA for Skeena in B.C. and a former Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation; Dan David, a Mohawk journalist …
 
It’s a news story that’s fit for a Hollywood screenplay. A local news reporter infiltrates a hate group, finds at least one of the recruiters is a military reservist and shortly after he blows the lid off the story. Then the reservist vanishes only to surface five months later south of the border, caught up in an FBI sting involving a terrorist cel…
 
The question of who is eligible to be registered in a band – and who makes that decision is the focus of a short APTN News Perspectives series. Correspondent Tamara Pimentel spoke to families who have children that are not included on a band’s roll for one reason or another. There are other families who are having trouble registering their child wi…
 
After more than a decade of waiting after the residential school survivors were compensated for being forced into compensation, many Indian day school survivors can now apply for compensation. But Ottawa has deemed only half – about 700 schools – are eligible. The other half – some 680 schools, sanatoriums and other facilities – they said, weren’t …
 
During the past month, there has been a volley of shots fired back and forth between the Metis National Council and the presidents of the Metis Nation of Ontario, Metis Nation of Alberta, and Metis Nation-Saskatchewan. Also: The “historic new highs” of Indigenous people incarcerated in Canada’s prison system comes as no surprise to Indigenous peopl…
 
It was a movement like no other. Idle No More, it would be called, was a leaderless groundswell of opposition that some say had been simmering for a while when it finally came to a boil. In a sweeping, two-part documentary, producers, directors Tim Fontaine and Rick Harp look back on the movement; what triggered it, how it grew through social media…
 
In this episode of APTN InFocus: An Indigenous fire management expert is teaching traditional forest management practices to hopefully prevent a disaster like the Australia from happening here. And Dakota Elder and Sundance Chief Wanbdi Wakita talks about the warnings this world has ignored, but what we can do now to learn from the fires devastatin…
 
Lateral violence is violence and bullying directed against one’s own people or peer group and is prevalent in First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities. In this episode of APTN InFocus, we discuss why it happens and what we can do to stop it. In 1939, the Manitoba government and RM burned down the Metis community of Ste. Madeleine to make room for …
 
Sagkeeng First Nation beader Mish Daniels saw “her babies” make a TV appearance in front of millions who watch the U.S. morning talk show The View. Host and actor Whoopi Goldberg was wearing a red beaded jingle dress medallion on Monday’s show. She’d been gifted it during a chance run-in with MMIW advocate Connie Greyeyes. Golberg reportedly kept s…
 
In this episode of APTN InFocus: The province of Manitoba which has the highest rate of kids in foster care says it’s slowly changing the way the embattled system works. According to the province, there has been a 35 per cent reduction in birth alerts issued for moms and their newborns and an 18 per cent overall reduction in the number of child app…
 
There’s been a shift in language from global warming to climate change to climate crisis – the words people are using to talk about how humans are impacting the health of the planet have become more urgent. While there was a back and forth with the science for decades, scientists are almost unanimous now in saying climate trends over the past centu…
 
There’s little shock that Indigenous musicians are on the rise in number, reach and influence, but even long-time industry insiders had a bit of a jaw-drop when a new study revealed just how much the industry is contributing to Canada’s economy each year. The National Indigenous Music Impact Study is the first of its kind, and was undertaken by APT…
 
Canada has apologized to and compensated residential school survivors, and years later offered to settle with day school survivors, but thousands of former students remain excluded from both despite Canada’s insistence that it’s committed to truth and reconciliation. On this episode of APTN InFocus, we talk to residential school survivors and their…
 
Pipelines can be a boring and predictable back-and-forth between corporate interests and the activists that oppose them. But what happens when the issue is tackled using elaborate pranks and hoaxes on non-Indigenous people? That’s the tack of the satirical Indigenous Pipeline Council, whose members were guests on this episode of InFocus.…
 
It’s the time of year we all love a good scare and there is no shortage of legends in our communities that’ll do just that. We’re talking about little people — tiny pranksters who’ve inspired stories for millennia across Turtle Island. Sasquatch — the large hairy primitive-man-like forest and mountain dweller. Qalupalik — sea witches who steal chil…
 
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq, 25, is Nunavut’s new member of Parliament. She won for the New Democrats – the first time that party has won the seat since Nunavut became a territory 20 years ago. Qaqqaq has worked various government jobs in the territory including as an employment adviser and wellness specialist, but she’s also a well-known activist and public s…
 
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