Reconciliation and Indigenous allies put InFocus to start new season


What needs to happen after the orange shirts are put away?

On Sept. 30, Canada officially recognized a day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The physical legacy of residential schools proved what Indigenous communities had known for generations.

Canadians are now, more than ever, waking up to the atrocities of the country’s past and reconciliation is in the air.

But what does reconciliation really mean?  How will it happen and who is responsible to reconcile?

InFocus host Melissa Ridgen dives into what truth and reconciliation really means to every nation and to Canada as we move forward on a long and bumpy road.

Murray Sinclair shares his thoughts on how we need to heal ourselves, journalist Betty Ann Adam brings us her thoughts on how reconciliation is progressing from the days of no news to headlines.

And children share their thoughts about reconciliation and what they’ve learned in school about Canada’s history with Sarain Fox in APTN’s special Reconciliation and Me.

More Canadians than ever are claiming to be allies to Indigenous communities, but what does that really mean?

How do you know if you are helping or taking up space?

Leilani Shaw of Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK and Tim Fox from the Calgary Foundation are working on the answers to that and providing resources so that people who really want to start their path to reconciliation do in a good way.

Check out their Indigenous Ally Tool kits and share it far and wide.

Host, Producer / Winnipeg

Melissa is a proud Red River Metis 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).