Mark Blackburn

Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

FN leaders call on Ottawa to sign declaration

Six months after a promise in the Speech from the Throne and three years after it was adopted, First Nations leaders in Canada continue to call on the Stephen Harper government to sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


‘They thought that nobody would care’

A Yukon family has gone to court to quash the findings of a coroner’s inquest into the death of a 43-year-old First Nations man who died in a Whitehorse hospital after spending several hours lying in his own feces, urine and vomit inside an RCMP cell while watched and mocked by officers and guards.


Ottawa failing on prison farm replacement

Ottawa promised to replace shut down prison farms with programs to better help inmates gain job skills. According to the man in charge of overseeing prisons, nothing has been done since the cattle were auctioned off.


B.C. launches Pickton inquiry

The British Columbia provincial government on Thursday announced that a public inquiry would be held into the Robert Pickton investigation and the wider issue of how authorities investigate missing women cases.