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APTN Investigates is the first Indigenous investigative news program in Canada, offering viewers hard-hitting reports and stories.

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Refugees in our Land – Part 2

The Tthetsënɂotı̨́né of Rocher River, Northwest Territories are still fighting to reclaim their culture and identity after being forcibly removed from their traditional homeland.

Now, more than 60 years later, they are looking for answers and an apology from the Canadian government.

Cullen Crozier | June 4, 2021

Refugees in our Land – Part 1

A small group of Dene say Canada forcibly removed them from their traditional homeland in the N.W.T. in the 1960s.

Since then, the Tthetsënɂotı̨́né have fought to hold on to their culture.

APTN Investigates explores this chapter in the history in “Refugees in our Land.”

Cullen Crozier | May 28, 2021

For Trust or Profit – Part 2

APTN Investigates visited a community with infrastructure and governance problems but almost 5000 kms away Membertou’s chief, Terry Paul, says his community’s success is about having transparent policies and sticking with them.

Also, a look at a Ktunaxa man who has started an organization to help band members who can’t find accountability.

John Murray | May 21, 2021

For Trust or Profit – Part 1

First Nation citizens across Canada have nowhere to turn with their concerns about their on-reserve government. APTN Investigates speaks to a member of one of these communities whose concerns are echoed.

We found corruption and mismanagement aren’t as widespread as stereotypes suggest, but when it does happen, does the Indian Act system allow it? In fact, many experts say the Indian Act is the problem.

John Murray | May 14, 2021

Homegrown – Part 2

Nadine Moostoos is speaking out for the first time since she joined a U.S. class action as “Jane Doe #44.”

The former foster child says her healing is in limbo while she waits for Winnipeg Police to investigate her allegations against former fashion mogul Peter Nygard.

Holly Moore & Brittany Guyot | April 30, 2021

Homegrown – Part 1

Winnipeg fashion magnate Peter Nygard is wanted for alleged sex crimes in the US after the FBI charged him last year.

Now, his alleged victims who are Indigenous have come forward to tell their stories and question why Canadian authorities are failing to investigate their cases.

Holly Moore & Brittany Guyot | April 23, 2021


Human trafficking is making headlines in Nova Scotia, with high rates in the province relative to the rest of Canada.

APTN’s Trina Roache looks at why and what makes Indigenous women vulnerable in APTN Investigates: Exploited

Trina Roache | April 16, 2021

Decolonizing Museums – Part 2

Among curators and other museum professionals, “decolonization” is a buzz word everywhere these days.

APTN Investigates visits the Royal British Columbia Museum where the decolonization conversation is at the boiling point, prompting staff departures and an internal investigation.

Christopher Read | April 9, 2021

Decolonizing Museums – Part 1

It’s no secret that museum collections have benefitted from the colonization of countries occupied by imperial powers such as Britain and France.

But in recent years, spurred in part by the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, there is a global push to decolonize museums.

Christopher Read | April 2, 2021

Down the Barrel – Part 2

What does five decades of pushback get you? Millions spent on modern treaties. Decades spent in court. Arrest and incarceration for standing up. Indigenous people know it’s the good fight for current and future generations.

But there’s a cost when you’re looking to down the barrel to defend your homeland and assert your identity. And it appears to be a battle with no end in site.

Rob Smith | March 12, 2021

Down the Barrel – Part 1

The RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territory last year painted a troubling picture of the state of the relationship between Indigenous people and Canada.

Colonial attitudes, racism and the economy continue to roll over the rights of the First Peoples. But there are those who fight back at the negotiating table, in the courts or on the land.

Rob Smith | March 5, 2021

The Elder Gap – Part 2

Long-term care facilities are ground zero for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Reporter Brittany Guyot travels to northern Manitoba’s Rod McGillivary Memorial Care Home, where all 28 residents came down with the virus. She speaks to family who say their loved ones are falling through the gaps in care.

Brittany Guyot | February 26, 2021

The Elder Gap – Part 1

APTN Investigates reporter Brittany Guyot examines long-term care for Indigenous people in Canada.

Through that lens, she examines Winnipeg’s KeKiNan Centre beset by security concerns, lack of medical attention and gaps in accountability.

Lee Wilson | February 19, 2021

Death in Custody – Part 2

Indigenous people in Canada are over represented in every area of the justice system. And in Prince George, they are dying in cells.

Reporter Lee Wilson examines why death in custody happens so often in Prince George’s RCMP detachment.

Lee Wilson | February 12, 2021

Death in Custody – Part 1

Three Indigenous people have died while in custody in Prince George’s RCMP detachment over the last three years.

APTN’s Lee Wilson speaks to the families of two of the men who died, as they search for answers with not much progress.

Lee Wilson | February 5, 2021

The Death Report – Part 2

Since 2013, 178 Indigenous children have died in connection to Ontario’s child welfare system – with 147 of those children tied to First Nations child welfare agencies.

How did we get to this point? Cullen Crozier and Kenneth Jackson continue their look at the child welfare system in Ontario.

Cullen Crozier & Kenneth Jackson | December 11, 2020

The Death Report – Part 1

Three sisters gone in seven months, with one surviving sister left to tell their story.

Robyn-Lee Mathers’ sisters had deep ties to Weechi-it-te-win Family Services, but Sacha Raven Bob never made it out alive.

Cullen Crozier & Kenneth Jackson | December 4, 2020

A Life Sentence – Part 2

Could Odelia Quewezance have been charged with second-degree murder in error? Her co-convicted cousin who was a minor back in the 1990s, maintains he copped to the terrible murder and insists to this day that she had nothing to do with it.

High-profile prison advocates say her case needs to be re-examined in the context of rural Saskatchewan racism and even a homegrown “satanic panic.”

Holly Moore & John Murray | November 27, 2020

A Life Sentence – Part 1

A Saulteaux woman says she was wrongfully convicted for murder and is fighting for her freedom after spending more than 25 years in prison.

In A Life Sentence – Part 1, John Murray and Holly Moore share the story of Odelia Quewezance, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994.

John Murray & Holly Moore | November 20, 2020

Racism Lives Here Too – Part 2

In 2020 the global conversation around racism has gained momentum. In Racism Lives Here Too, Trina Roache looks at the Mi’kmaq and Black experience in Nova Scotia.

Struggles over land, rights and justice and tensions around identity for people with deep ties in both communities.

Trina Roache | November 13, 2020

Racism Lives Here Too – Part 1

Racism has made headlines around the world throughout 2020.

In Nova Scotia, racism has shaped the history of Mi’kmaw and Black people for over 400 years.

In APTN Investigates: Racism Lives Here Too, Trina Roache explores that shared history and what it looks like today.

Trina Roache | November 6, 2020

Power – Part 2

Ecosystems damaged, and a way of life vanished. In Part 2 of Power, APTN Investigates reporter Christopher Read visits Pimicikamak to hear from the people there who aren’t quitting their fight for better treatment by Manitoba Hydro.

Christopher Read | October 30, 2020

Power – Part 1

Harnessing the power of rivers to generate electricity with hydroelectric dams is often thought of as a clean and green engineering marvel. But the negative impacts of hydro generation on ecosystems and the people who harvest from those ecosystems is the part of the story that doesn’t get mentioned in the glossy brochure.

In Part 1 of APTN Investigates: Power – Christopher Read travels to South Indian Lake, Manitoba once one of the largest freshwater fisheries in North America.

Christopher Read | October 23, 2020

Burning Down the House – Part 2

We don’t have to wait till we surpass the level of global warming scientists are warning us about to note climate change is already wreaking havoc. Inuit communities have been dealing with the loss of arctic ice for decades.

Hunters lives and livelihoods are put at risk and people are recovering emotionally and physically from extraordinary weather events. Reporter Rob Smith heads way up north for the story.

Rob Smith | October 16, 2020

Burning Down the House – Part 1

Humanity has a little over a decade left before passing a dire milepost – a 1.5 degree rise in the average global temperature. At the present rate we will hit that mark sometime in the 2030s. That would be disastrous for humankind. But the science is clear.

In Part 1, Rob Smith delves into wildfires in Telegraph Creek and the people whose lives were changed forever.

Rob Smith | October 9, 2020

Past Episodes

Against Their Will

Saskatoon’s Royal University hospital is the primary care facility for expecting mothers throughout the health region. But that esteemed reputation has come under fire.

Within the last year, four women have come forward. They claim they were pressured into getting sterilized at the hospital’s maternity ward.

It was a practice used against Indigenous women right up until the 1970s. So it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age, right?

Cullen Crozier | Originally aired January 27, 2017

Clash at Standing Rock

We’re going to take a deeper look at the battle against the so-called black snake near Standing Rock, North Dakota. For months it was largely ignored by the mainstream media.

That was until powerful images of people and horses being hit with rubber bullets, peppered sprayed and tasered hit social media.

Dennis Ward presents Clash at Standing Rock, originally aired Nov. 25, 2016.

Dennis Ward | Originally aired November 25, 2016

History Decolonized

Statues across the world are coming down to stop the memorialization of controversial historical figures.

APTN Investigates dug into the centre of the debate surrounding Edward Cornwallis, the founder of Halifax. One of the policies enacted under his leadership was a bounty offered for Mi’kmaq scalps.

Trina Roache | Originally aired February 16, 2018

Justice for Colten

Colten Boushie was shot by white farmer Gerald Stanley as he was sitting in a vehicle with friends.

The story polarized the nation – especially when Stanley was found not-guilty of the crime.

Now, the Boushie family has launched a two million dollar lawsuit against Stanley and the RCMP.

Rob Smith | Originally aired March 16, 2018

Last Resort

Wilderness Challenge camps came into vogue in the 1970s. Pitched as “last resorts” for so-called juvenile delinquents to reform themselves deep in the Canadian wilderness.

But allegations of brutal abuse shut down one Saskatchewan outfit despite a government report that apparently exonerated them.

Now, 40 years later Chris Read takes survivors back to the place in the woods that still haunts them.

Chris Read | Originally aired November 2, 2018

Racism in the Ranks

Reporter Trina Roache was invited into a secret Facebook group for RCMP members and she was shocked by the racism posted there.

As she dug deeper, it became clear that for Indigenous people in Canada, the relationship with police has always been fraught.

Trina Roache | Originally aired April 27, 2018

Truth? Or Reconciliation?

As the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement wound down in 2016, it was clear to reporter Kathleen Martens that not all survivors felt reconciled or heard.

She went across the country for this one-hour special and spoke to survivors about how the settlement affected their lives.

Kathleen Martens | Originally aired June 23, 2017


It was a specific claim decision that could change everything. Billions are owed to First Nations in outstanding land claims.

Josh Grummett digs into the fight of the Huu’ay’aht people on Vancouver Island.

Josh Grummett | Originally aired November 10, 2017

For the Love of Matty

When kids “age out” of the foster care system, they’re on their own. If the foster child has serious disabilities. Then that’s it. They must live in a group home.

Those are the rules a Saskatchewan foster family is fighting.

Kathleen Martens | Originally aired February 6, 2015

Dark Valley

British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is a beautiful place to raise a family – that is until women start going missing.

Holly Moore faces threats and intimidation as she investigates why four women have vanished within an hour’s drive of one another in Enderby, BC.

Holly Moore | Originally aired October 19, 2018

IAP Investigation Follow-Up

For residential school survivors across Canada, the process of being compensated for physical and sexual abuse stirs up feelings of shame and pain.

It’s a complex process involving lawyers at every level and it’s creating anger among survivors who say its attracting people who are taking advantage of them all over again.

Kathleen Martens | Originally aired March 9, 2012

Broken Trust

Civil lawsuits are piling up against a Kelowna social worker accused of stealing thousands from Indigenous children in his care. The number of alleged victims is growing each day.

Cullen Crozier | Originally aired January 25, 2019

Rags and Riches

It sounded like a great idea, an Indigenous-owned investment group that would generate money for poverty-stricken Manitoba First Nations. So where did all the money go?

Melissa Ridgen | Originally aired January 30, 2015

Poison on our Land

A group of Indigenous Elders in Ontario are going to the World Health Organization with concerns about spraying of glyphosate-based herbicide on their traditional lands. Research says glyphosate is safe.

Meanwhile, a recent victory in a California court has emboldened thousands of others coming forward with their own claims that Round-Up gave them cancer.

Chris Read | Originally aired March 22, 2019