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Housing crisis not fixable under current model, but can be made worse with bad government

It's a problem that doesn't go away, government after government, generation after generation. There's a housing crisis affecting too many First Nations and the problem exists off-reserve too. On this episode, we’re putting Housing Crunch InFocus. Is the problem getting worse? Getting better?


Devastated parents say incentivized apprehensions need to stop in Manitoba

On the season premiere of APTN InFocus: A Brandon Manitoba family, who is in a bitter battle with Michif CFS over their five-month-old infant son, says the system is unfairly rigged against families who are forced to comply with unreasonable demands like unwarranted supervised visits. They say if you try to fight back, you risk losing your child for good to the system. There are 11,000 kids in care in Manitoba. Their baby is one.


Indigenous people need to rock the vote again in 2019

Indigenous voters showed up in record numbers in 2015, with several First Nations communities even running out of ballots temporarily. The result — a record 10 Indigenous MPs elected to the House of Commons –or three per cent of the 338 seats, which is proportional to the number of Indigenous adults who live in Canada. In our season finale, we put democracy InFocus.


RCMP interrogation and child apprehension in Canada

On this episode of InFocus we discuss child apprehension and the video of an RCMP officer interviewing an Indigenous teen after she reported a sexual assault.


Nazi flag flap highlights Saskatchewan’s race problem

On this episode of InFocus we discuss the Nazi flag flap that drew the world’s eye to Saskatchewan, the boom you might not know about in Indigenous business in Canada and a province struggling with one of the highest HIV rates in North America.


Serial killers hunting large swaths of Canada: criminologist

On this episode of InFocus: From the west coast to the Golden Horseshoe surrounding Toronto, there is evidence to suggest serial killers are hunting and disproportionately, Indigenous women and girls are their prey. And those serial killers likely number far more than the average person imagines. That’s according to Michael Arntfield, a Western University criminologist and serial killer expert who studies murder patterns for the Murder Accountability Project in the U.S.


Flood evacuees for eight years, Little Saskatchewan residents finally have a place to go home to

Every year, many communities across Turtle Island near rivers and lakes brace for the possibility of a spring flood. Often, traditional lands have become flood-prone from man-made dams or diversions or communities were moved onto flood plains by the Canadian government. For Little Saskatchewan First Nation on Lake St. Martin, 255 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it’s meant 20 plus years of being prepared for massive spring flooding. In this episode, we put flooded reserves InFocus.


Re-direct money from Indigenous affairs departments: researcher

An average family of five people who have status cards could be more than $20,000 richer each year if treaty annuity payments were based on today’s land values. Currently, treaty people with status cards get $5 a year based on land values from the 1800s – that’s $20 if you’re a family of five. That and more on this episode of InFocus.


Decades of promises, but little action as mercury still takes lives in Grassy Narrows

Some 900 people live in Grassy Narrows and health official say 90 per cent have signs of mercury poisoning, which include vision and hearing impairment, tremors, and decreased cognitive function. That and more on this episode of APTN InFocus.


Justice system an ‘industry’ profiting off Indigenous offenders and victims

In this episode of InFocus: Less than five per cent of the population in Canada is Indigenous, yet Indigenous men make up 28 per cent of those behind bar, Indigenous women 43 per cent and Indigenous youth 46 per cent. And while incarceration rates are on the decline for the general population, they’re trending upwards for Indigenous people.


Feds can’t solve Indigenous issues on its own says Clint Davis

In this episode of InFocus: Clint Davis, the chair of the Labrador Capital Strategy Trust (LCST) says the issues facing Indigenous communities run so deep Ottawa alone will not be able to solve them. Davis says private investment will be needed too, if the economic outlook for Indigenous people is going to change. But not everyone agreed with Davis who joined analyst Pam Palmater, Joseph Quesnel on InFocus to talk about the federal budget that was delivered Tuesday in Ottawa.


Returning Indigenous artifacts necessary to reconciliation yet still a struggle

In this episode of InFocus: The phenomenon of hoarding skeletal remains and cultural artifacts of Inuit, Metis and First Nations by private collectors and institutions, flies in the face of reconciliation, say Indigenous leaders. Many of the items are stolen from graves and sacred sites. Others are found when land is disturbed during construction or other work being done.


Jody Wilson-Raybould ‘thrown under the bus’ to save corporate and political elites: Bill Wilson

It’s a scandal that has rocked the Liberal government for the past month. Canada’s first Indigenous attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould quit cabinet over what she says was pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to do favors for SNC-Lavalin, an engineering giant based in vote-rich Quebec that is facing bribery, fraud and corruption charges. In this episode we put Jody Wilson-Raybould and the SNC-Lavalin scandal InFocus.


Questioning the usefulness of land acknowledgements

Land acknowledgements have been growing in popularity in the past 10 years to the point they’re now at most events or gatherings. But while they’re common, some question if they’re useful in reconciliation or simply superficial platitudes meant to give the illusion of honour and respect for Indigenous land and nations. That’s on this episode of InFocus.


Food sovereignty is not just about rights, but better physical health and emotional well-being

With hunting and harvesting rights being attacked, and the cost of food going up, how are First Nation, Metis and Inuit people supposed to get back to traditional eating, or make healthy food choices on a tight budget? In this episode of InFocus with Host Melissa Ridgen, we looked at the move towards country food including plants and animals consumed in a region by the people Indigenous to it.


Cat Lake First Nation tries to get federal attention by declaring state of emergency based on Jordan’s Principle

From mould to overcrowding, we're putting the housing crisis on First Nations InFocus. Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency related to Jordan’s Principle due to mold in most homes in the community. According to officials in the community, three children have been medevacked out of the community over the past two weeks because of illnesses.


CFS agencies need to focus more on keeping families says former case worker

This episode of InFocus was the last in a three-part series putting the child welfare system under the microscope. Natasha Reimer spent her entire life bounced from foster home to foster home when she was apprehended as a young girl from an unsafe home. While the system kept her separated from a mother who couldn’t parent, it also robbed her of a relationship with her seven younger siblings, who were also raised in care.


A mother shares her experience with the child welfare system on InFocus

On the second edition of a three-part series about child and family services (CFS) on InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen talks with parents who found themselves targets of CFS agencies and how they beat or continue to fight they system. Stacy Owl lost her five children two years ago on the word of a tipster whom she had never met. A woman had called CFS accusing Owl of being a “crackhead” and running a meth lab.


Inside the CFS system on InFocus

High apprehension rate makes families distrust child and family services (CFS) agencies. On this first of a three-part series on CFS, Host Melissa Ridgen talked to a child advocate and a former CFS worker who shed light on how this industry works and why Indigenous families are targeted.


Indigenous satire helps deal with harsh realities

Indigenous people live with a lot of harsh realities – poverty, inter-generational trauma, murdered and missing loved ones, suicide, racism, displacement, cultural loss. Satire can be a distraction and sometimes poking a serious issue with a funny stick, can raise awareness, start a conversation or make an important point. On this edition of InFocus, Host Melissa Ridgen explores Indigenous humour – how humour and satire help people deal with serious issues, and is our humor different from...