So long MacDonald and Ryerson, hello Haida Gwaii and Kjipuktuk


From Haida Gwaii to the Salish Sea to Kingait, Nunavut and on to Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki – despite not being geographically close, all of these places have something in common – traditional names.

The move to using Indigenous names didn’t happen overnight. At times they came after a rally with fists in the air and the toppling of a statue – but more than ever, conversations are happening about how some names of places and institutions, honor people who shouldn’t be.

Today, InFocus puts names in the spotlight as one by one, colonial names are slowly being replaced by ones more meaningful to Indigenous Peoples.

Host Melissa Ridgen is joined by King’s College professor and former APTN journalist Trina Roache, freelance writer Robert Jago and business owner Cheyenne Cunningham.

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).