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Face To Face is an interview show with a focus on Indigenous issues. We not only speak to those in the headlines, but also those who are affected by the many problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.

Face To Face is an interview show with a focus on Indigenous issues. We not only speak 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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Face To Face is an interview show with a focus on Indigenous issues. We not only speak to those in the headlines, but also those who are affected by the many problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.






Trudeau government inaction on interim report concerns commissioners of MMIWG inquiry

3 of the 4 Commissioners for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls join host Dennis Ward on this episode of Face To Face. Chief Commissioner Marion Buller and Commissioners Michèle Audette and Brian Eyolfson discuss the lack of action taken on the interim report and frustration the Trudeau government.


Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry: Looking at ‘structures of indifference’ that continue to devalue Indigenous lives

Ten years after the death of Brian Sinclair, Canada’s institutions continue to fail Indigenous people argue co-authors of a new book. “Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City” is a book about the life and death of Brian Sinclair. Co-authors and history professors, Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry join Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face to discuss the book and the ongoing history of colonialism and Indigenous people’s relationship to it.


Robert-Falcon Ouellette: ‘The prime minister does give an F’ about the rights of Indigenous Peoples

In this season premiere of Face To Face with host Dennis Ward interviews Liberal Member of Parliament, Robert Falcon Ouellette. From Prime Minister Trudeau ‘giving an F’, Gerald Stanley and the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project, Ouellette touches on many subjects.


Tim Fontaine: Creative mind behind the Walking Eagle

It took less than a week for the Walking Eagle News to really soar, billing itself as the “finest source of Indigenous news, anywhere”. Founder, Editor-in-Grand-Chief and Head Writer Tim Fontaine talks about how the “news source” came to be, why he decided to “set fire” to his journalism career. In this episode of Face To Face, Fontaine also discusses his upcoming comedy show that will debut on APTN in the New Year.


Tanya Talaga: Deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay is a Canadian problem

Award winning, journalist and author Tanya Talaga is known for her investigative reporting for the Toronto Star where she often focuses on Indigenous issues. Most recently, Talaga released the national bestseller, ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’. In this episode of Face To Face, Talaga discusses her book, the ongoing deaths of Indigenous youth in Thunder Bay and why it is a Canadian problem.


Joye Braun: There will never be another Standing Rock but the movement has gone global

The NoDAPL camps near Standing Rock may have been cleared out, but the movement created by the fight against that pipeline is spreading around the world. One of those places is Eagle Butte, South Dakota on Cheyenne River Sioux Territory. That’s where we catch up with Joye Braun, one of the first four people to camp out in Standing Rock. In this episode of Face To Face, Braun reflect back on Standing Rock and looks ahead to what’s next for the movement.


Theo Fleury: Overcoming sexual abuse to now advocating for victims

Theo Fleury is a Metis kid from a small town who also happens to have an Olympic gold medal and his name on the Stanley Cup. The former NHL superstar has battled with addiction and mental health issues. In 2009, he released a best-selling autobiography where he revealed he had been sexually abused by a former coach. In this episode of Face To Face, Fleury discusses his highs and lows, on and off the ice. He is now an advocate for sexual abuse victims and a public speaker.


Arlen Dumas: Putting the spotlight on the child welfare system and the path forward from a shuttered rail line

When Arlen Dumas was first elected Chief of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, his goal was to get his people out of third-party management, a goal he achieved. Now, he hopes to get all First Nations in Manitoba out of third-party management. In this episode of Face To Face, Dumas discusses child welfare, the impact of a shuttered rail line to northern Manitoba, a 1-Billion dollar lawsuit against the Manitoba government and his first 100 days in office.


Arif Virani: Preserving and protecting endangered Indigenous languages

Nearly, three-quarters of all Indigenous languages are endangered in Canada. Prime Minister Trudeau has vowed to preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages. Member of Parliament Arif Virani has been tasked with ensuring that happens. In this episode of Face To Face, Virani discusses the work it takes to put this into action and what it’s like as he works to help implement the Indigenous Languages Act.


Irene Young: An Elders perspective on restorative justice, AJI and the MMIWG National Inquiry

She is a mother and grandmother from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. A residential school survivor and an elder for the Brandon University. Irene Young is also an advisor to community justice workers. In this episode of Face To Face, Young discusses restorative justice, The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry and the National Inquiry into MMIWG.


Julie Nagam and Jaimie Issac: Providing a powerful platform for insurgence and resurgence

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is a ground-breaking exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, focused on Indigenous artists from across Canada who are pushing boundaries with their work. In this episode of Face To Face, Co-curators, Dr. Julie Nagam and Jaimie Issac discuss the importance of the exhibition and how art provides a powerful platform for ideas, conversations and understanding.


Nelson Tagoona: Overcoming personal struggles to help pioneer a new type of music

Nelson Tagoona grew up in Baker Lake, a community in Nunavut with a population of roughly 2,000 people. Now the 23-year-old takes the stage in front of upwards of 15,000 people. In this episode of Face To Face, Tagoona discusses the music he helped pioneer, “throat boxing.” It’s a mix of traditional Inuit throat singing and beat boxing.


Pam Palmater: The National Inquiry into MMIWG and where it went wrong

Pam Palmater has become a familiar face, often called on to comment on Indigenous issues and with that notoriety also comes criticism. She’s been speaking out for Indigenous rights since she was in grade school and has no plans to stop. In this episode of Face To Face, Palmater discusses the MMIWG National Inquiry, the 10th anniversary of UNDRIP, promises made by the Trudeau government and more.


Widia Larivière: A look behind Idle No More’s call to action on Canada’s 150th birthday

Widia Larivière is one of the co-founders of the Quebec chapter of Idle No More and was recently named as one of this year’s recipients of the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. In this episode of Face To Face, Larivière discusses Canada 150 and Idle No More’s call to action on July 1st.


Winona LaDuke: Donald Trump and the ongoing fight against pipelines

Internationally renowned activist, environmentalist and economist, Winona LaDuke toured Canada speaking out against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project. In this episode of Face To Face, LaDuke discusses Standing Rock, Donald Trump and the fight against approved pipelines in Canada.


Kent Monkman: Challenging Canadians to look beyond the country’s 150th birthday celebrations

Artist, Kent Monkman believes at this point in time it’s important to have a critical perspective of Canada. His new art exhibit travelling the country challenges Canadians to have a different point of view. In this episode of Face To Face, Monkman discusses his work that depicts how colonial policies have institutionalized Indigenous peoples in Canada.


Cindy Blackstock: The Canadian government and their discrimination towards children on reserves

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a lifelong advocate for Indigenous youth. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled in her favour that federal government discriminates against children on reserves. In this episode of Face To Face, Blackstock discusses her decade long battle against the Canadian government.


Sue Caribou: Losing hope in the National Inquiry into MMIWG

Sue Caribou had high hopes for The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, after having seven murdered and two missing family members. In this episode of Face To Face, Caribou discusses how she feels nothing good is going to come out of the inquiry and how funding should be directed to helping the families search for loved ones instead.


James Favel: Bringing Winnipeg together with The Bear Clan Patrol

The Bear Clan Patrol in Winnipeg re-emerged after 15-year old Tina Fontaine’s body was pulled from the Red River. With 12 members in 2014, it has now grown to more than 500 volunteers in Winnipeg. In this episode of Face To Face, Executive Director James Favel discusses the story behind the Bear Clan Patrol and why it creates such an impact.


Sheila North Wilson: The 2017 federal budget and why it’s just not enough

Sheila North Wilson was the first woman to ever be elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. She now represents more than 30 First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. In this episode of Face To Face, Wilson discusses a range of issues including the federal budget, the National Inquiry into MMIWG, youth suicide and a recent audit into the spending practices of her predecessor.