APTN – Aboriginal People’s Television Network

Aboriginal People’s Television Network contributes stories for Yukoners to engage in their authentic programming. Their programming is related to Aboriginal peoples, including documentaries, news magazines, dramas, entertainment specials, children’s

Telling the Stories of the North

Whitehorse resident Dennis Allen has crafted a successful career out of telling stories close to his heart: stories of life and culture of the people of the North. Allen, who is of Inupiat Eskimo and Gwich’in decent, is the co-director, along with David Finch, of Watchers of the North, a new documentary series that portrays …

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Former Yukoner Steven Cree Molison stars in the APTN TV series

Blackstone is a raw, authentic drama that tells the story of the fictitious Blackstone First Nation, suffering disintegration by its own corrupt leadership. From within the community, young leaders emerge opposing the status quo to create lasting and substantial change. Steven Cree Molison, of Cree and Scottish decent, plays Daryl Fraser, the owner of the …

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Aboriginal Sports Promote Healthy Living for Youth

Elders’ teachings are about life skills and many of them translate well to sports: how to take care of yourself, how to eat right and how to survive. The concept behind the TV series Warrior Games is to bring sport back to where it all began: when elders passed down these wonderful games, both traditional …

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New Film Gives a Child’s Eye Perspective on Residential Schools

Generations of First Nations Peoples across Canada are still trying to come to terms with experiences they and their families had in residential schools. A new film called We Were Children is a visual narrative of residential school survivors’ experiences. At the heart of the film are the real-life experiences of two survivors, Glen Anaquod …

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Performers Are Getting Ready to Shine

One of the best things about APTN’s annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day is its focus on showcasing the amazing talents of our Aboriginal Peoples to the nation. Aboriginal Day Live ’09 will be no exception. APTN viewers and attendees, at stages in Winnipeg and Whitehorse, will not be disappointed as the network brings a …

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Getting Ready to ‘Shine’ in ‘O9

Honouring National Aboriginal Day and summer solstice, APTN’s much-heralded live event will take place on dual stages, combining for an extended three-and-a-half hours of national, live telecast from Whitehorse, Yukon and from Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, June 20. The theme of Aboriginal Day Live ’09 is “Shine”. This event sheds light on the pride and …

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From Wikwemikong to Nashville to Whitehorse

The Nashville sounds of Crystal Shawanda will ring across the nation as the famed Ojibwe singer, songwriter and guitarist headlines the Whitehorse stage for APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live ’09 on June 20. Star of the hit APTN series Crystal: Living the Dream (APTN North Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. and APTNHD Fridays at 4:30 p.m.), Shawanda …

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The APTN Lineup…Worth Watching For!

So what’s up at APTN for December? Just the rollout of a new winter schedule, featuring dynamic programming that will lead up to one of the network’s greatest television achievements: broadcast coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Yep. Olympics coverage on APTN. Live. Across Canada. Coast-to-coast-to-coast. Wicked. As the first-ever Aboriginal official broadcaster …

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Lining Up for the 2010 APTN Lineup

Of course, our big news for this year is APTN’s February coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games as the world’s first Aboriginal official broadcaster. I’ll have more details about our coverage and schedule in next month’s column. For now, let’s see what January is bringing to APTN North. What better way to spend …

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Stories of the Olympics in Eight Aboriginal Languages

Our chance to showcase the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games to viewers across Canada as the world’s first Aboriginal Official Broadcaster is upon us, and we don’t intend to disappoint. Over 214 hours of live coverage in eight Aboriginal languages, English and French, will be broadcast from coast to coast to coast, in standard and …

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May, APTN’s Month of Music

Music is in the air at APTN. During the month of May, we’ll be featuring some of the best musical talent this country has to offer and some future contenders. Many of the most talented musicians in Canada are from Aboriginal communities, and while our First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists have toiled in the …

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Real-Life Stories Come to APTN

One of the things some viewers may not realize about APTN is that we regularly broadcast award-winning, informative, inspiring and thought-provoking documentaries. Anyone who has checked out the APTN documentary strands, Reel Insights andVoices of the Land, knows that when it comes to documentary filmmaking, the Aboriginal production community is at the top of its …

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APTN Celebrates Aboriginal Day

Kreviazuk, of course, is a world-renowned contemporary singer/songwriter and pianist; Arcand is a Canadian actor perhaps best known for his role in the popular drama series North of 60; and Secola is an award-winning folk & blues rocker, master guitarist, flute player, singer/songwriter, composer and producer. Venture a guess? Give up? Not only are all …

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Help Us, Entertain You

Which APTN programs do you like to watch? Would you watch them online? What do you like most about our network? What would you change if you could? We want to know. Each month I write to tell you about the great things we’re doing here at APTN, but are we doing the things you …

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If you can’t stand the heat …

In like a lion, March marks the launch of exciting premieres on APTN, featuring competition that is sure to be fierce. Cooking With the Wolfman returns for its eighth season, this time heating up with a brand new culinary cook-off format that will keep viewers culturally informed and highly entertained. Chef David Wolfman selected eight …

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Uncovering an Ancient Tradition

On Wednesday, May 9 at 10:00 pm CT, as part of the documentary series Reel Insights, APTN will broadcast Tunniit: Retracing the Lines of Inuit Tattoos. The story follows a young woman’s journey to revive the ancient Inuit tradition of face tattooing. Inuit tattoos have been forbidden for a century, and almost forgotten. Inuk woman, …

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Aboriginal Day Live

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is set to stage its annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day in Canada. This year’s fifth anniversary event will be shining bigger, brighter and better than ever. Taking place on Saturday June 18, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live event will feature a star-studded, three-and-a-half hour nationally-televised live concert, showcasing today’s brightest …

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Learning to Say Hello

Tansi! For those unfamiliar with Aboriginal languages, ‘tansi’ is a friendly greeting in the Cree language somewhat akin to ‘hello’ in English. It is a word used often in one of APTN’s most popular children’s programs, Nehiyawetan. Set to premiere its third season on APTN February 15, Nehiyawetan is an energy-driven, interactive series that invites …

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Wisecracks and Popcorn

APTN broadcasts a wide variety of Hollywood films, with features four nights per week and additional matinees on weekends. A lot of viewers wonder how we choose our films. If APTN is an Aboriginal network, what does that have to do with Hollywood films? Believe it or not, every movie APTN airs has an Aboriginal …

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Time to Get Creative

Have you ever wondered how your kids can become more involved with National Aboriginal Day? Or maybe you’re a teacher who wants your students to be more interested in celebrating the culture of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples. In preparation for APTN’s annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day, Aboriginal Day Live, APTN is launching its annual Aboriginal …

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Candy’s Dandy

Season two of The Candy Show is coming to APTN on October 27. The exciting and hilarious Candy Show is back with your backstage pass to see some of Canada’s best musicians and performers, every Thursday at 9:30 ET/MT. The host and co-producer of the show, Candy Palmater, hand-picks all of the guests on her …

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Informing and Inspiring

Inspiring and informative, Cheryl McKenzie puts the top news stories affecting Aboriginal Peoples in Canada into perspective. Every Friday, Cheryl takes an in-depth look at the headlines that matter most. The season kicked off in early September with a panel of Canadian and Aboriginal pundits as they discussed the recent federal ministry name change of …

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