Face to Face | Podcast
Face To Face is an interview show that focuses on Indigenous issues. Host Dennis Ward features guests who make headlines, and those affected by problems facing Indigenous urban and rural communities.
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Our guest on this episode of Face to Face is Blake Francis – A Mi’kmaq hip-hop artist from Esgenoopetitj First Nation in New Brunswick and former member of the award winning rap group, City Natives.
When Francis first started rapping, it was all about having fun but now Francis feels he can use his voice to make a statement about the injustices Indigenous people face.
Originally aired February 23, 2021
At the age of four, Marcia Anderson says she knew that one day, she wanted to become a doctor.
Twenty years later, Anderson was the youngest Indigenous graduate from the Faculty of Medicine in Manitoba and the youngest president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada.
On this episode of Face to Face Anderson talks about medicine and a need to trust the COVID-19 vaccine.
Originally aired February 16, 2021
Our guest this week is artist, activist and ambassador, Sarain Fox.
Sarain is Anishinaabe from Batchewana First Nation, just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
She is no stranger to viewers of APTN, Sarain recently released her directorial debut Inendi.
Originally aired February 9, 2021
Our guest this week is Aliyah Chavez – a multimedia reporter with Indian Country Today based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Indian Country Today is a digital news platform covering Indigenous news across the United States.
Aliyah is a member of Kewa Pueblo, one of the 21 Indigenous nations in New Mexico.
She is a journalism and communications graduate from Stanford University.
Originally aired February 2, 2021
Launching a brand new venture in the middle of global pandemic may not seem like the best idea but it’s working out pretty well for Red Music Rising.
Director and artist manager Matt Maw says the pandemic allowed him to focus on building the company and the brand.
On this episode of Maw explains why there is a need for an Indigenous-only music company and how Red Music Rising is filling the gap.
Originally aired January 26, 2021
Our guest this week is Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald.
Archibald became the first woman elected to the position in 2018.
She has been politically involved for 30 years when she became the first woman and the youngest chief elected in her community of Taykwa Tagamou First Nation in 1990.
She is one of three female regional chiefs for the Assembly of First Nations.
Originally aired January 19, 2021
Award winning documentary filmmaker Loretta Todd recently released her first feature film.
Monkey Beach, based on Eden Robinson’s book of the same name was released in theatres last fall and is now streaming.
Todd, who is also a producer of children’s programming, is our guest on this episode of Face to Face.
Originally aired January 12, 2021
Our guest this week is Swampy Cree jingle dress dancer and TikTok Star Michelle Chubb.
The 23-year-old Winnipegger has more than 300-thousand followers on the social media app.
Her videos have garnered more than 10 million likes.
Originally aired January 5, 2021
On this episode of Face to Face, Dennis Ward sits down with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
Mary Ellen is a lawyer, judge and a long time advocate for children and youth.
She was B.C. representative for children and youth for a decade.
In June 2020, Mary Ellen was appointed to head up an investigation into racism in the B.C. health care system.
Originally aired December 15, 2020
Robyn Bunting has worked in the child welfare system for the past 20 years in communities across Ontario.
She is former band councillor and the lead representative on child welfare for her home community of Constance Lake First Nation in northern Ontario.
Robyn knows first hand the impacts the system can have on children – having spent time in foster care and group homes as a young girl.
Her story on this episode of Face to Face.
Originally aired December 8, 2020
Ontario’s first and only advocate for children and youth is our guest on this episode of Face to Face.
The Doug Ford government closed down the office in the spring of 2019.
Irwin Elman says government talk about changing the child welfare system amounts to nothing more than nice words.
Originally aired December 1, 2020
Our guest this week has many different titles – researcher, activist, filmmaker and band councillor are among them.
Angelina McLeod grew up in her home community of Shoal Lake 40.
Recently, she completed a documentary series on her community, which was turned into a man made island in order to provide the City of Winnipeg with clean drinking water, called Freedom Road for the National Film Board.
Originally aired November 24, 2020
Our guest this week is Grammy and Juno Award winning producer and engineer David Strickland.
David who has family roots running generations deep back to the East Coast along Mi’kmaq, Cree and even Beothuk line.
David has worked with Drake, Redman, Method many and many more notable hip hop legends.
His latest album – Spirit of Hip Hop was released in 2020 with guest appearances from Indigenous rappers from across North America.
Originally aired November 17, 2020
Racism does not always show itself in nefarious ways.
Having a degree, diploma or letters in front of your name certainly does not mean you cannot be racist.
According to Dr. Barry Lavallee, “Racism comes in nice white smiling faces.”
On this episode of Face to Face, Physician Barry Lavallee discusses standing up to the ‘smiling faces’ of systemic racism.
Originally aired November 10, 2020
Buildings and vehicles burned to the ground, fists thrown, flares fired, and property stolen.
Just some of the acts of violence captured on camera as the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched its modest livelihood fishery on Sept. 17.
Chief Mike Sack was not expecting any of it.
On the latest episode of Face to Face Host Dennis Ward sits down with Chief Mike Sack to discuss the ongoing situation in Nova Scotia.
Originally aired November 3, 2020
Our guest this week is a familiar face on APTN both on screen and behind the camera.
Jennifer Podemski has also recently launched the shine network – to help Indigenous women in the film and television industry.
Originally aired October 27, 2020
Every U.S. election is billed as the most important election of our time, but the 2020 election has a new sense of urgency and division says the editor of Indian Country Today (ICT).
“The urgency is that so many decisions are being made so quickly,” says Mark Trahant. “But, the partisan divide is about as bitter and rancour as any time since the U-S civil war.
On this episode of Face to Face, Mark Trahant explains what’s at stake for Native Americans in this upcoming election.
Originally aired October 20, 2020
Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard wishes she never had to make the documentary nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand, which follows the family of Colten Boushie, the young man who died from a gunshot to the back of his head in August 2016 after entering the farm property of Gerald Stanley in Saskatchewan.
On this episode of Face to Face, Hubbard explains the changes she has seen in the film sector.
Originally aired October 13, 2020
Anishinaabe broadcaster and writer Jesse Wente is one of the most recognizable Indigenous voices on the Canadian media landscape. For more than two decades, he has been a columnist and producer that is not afraid of criticizing the media, including those that write his cheques.
Wente believes there has been great strides in the Canadian media for Indigenous peoples, but behind the scenes it’s a different story, he told Host Dennis Ward on Face to Face.
Originally aired October 6, 2020