Connections between Ukrainian community and Indigenous Peoples put InFocus

As the world’s eyes remain on the conflict in Ukraine, we are reminded of the connections communities share with Ukrainian settlers who came to this land.

APTN News has done a number of stories on the shared love of kookum scarves – those colourful floral headscarves that were given as gifts to our ancestors from early Ukrainian settlers.

We’ve got another angle that might be news to you — in 2018, the Shumka Ukrainian dancers in Edmonton and Running Thunder powwow dancers teamed up to produce an incredible performance called Ancestors and Elders.

Two of the people involved in that production talk about the friendships formed and how that impacts them now.

And we talk to former gang members who penned a new book Indigenous Women and Street gangs: A Survivance Narrative.


Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Melissa is a proud Red River Métis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.
She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).