The Pope, justice for Indigenous women and how birth alerts have changed in Manitoba on InFocus


One of the first women to be labelled a dangerous offender in Canada is a Métis woman from Manitoba.

She fought her way through the system and is now out on parole.

Senator Kim Pate joins InFocus to talk about the justice system and how it must change for Indigenous Peoples.

Also on the show, the Pope is apparently coming to Canada – what are the expectations? You had a lot to say on social media and we’ll review some off the comments.

Finally, birth alerts – the system where infants are taken from their mothers after birth. In B.C., the government says they’re unconstitutional and some provinces, including Manitoba, are stopping the practice.

But is it still happening under a new name? We put this part of the child welfare system InFocus with the Mothering Project – an organization in Winnipeg that has helped more than 200 women keep their babies.

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).