APTN Investigates: Cindy’s Story


The Cindy Gladue case drew headlines across Turtle Island from outrage that her most private body part was cut out and displayed in court to fury over the acquittal of the man who said rough sex accidentally killed her.

An Alberta Court of Appeal slammed the trial and demanded a new one. Melissa Ridgen explores if this landmark ruling could affect future indigenous women victims of sexual violence.

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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).