Indigenous youth visiting APTN meet with Prime Minister, sit in on live interview

Speaking with the Prime Minister an exciting experience for Indigenous youth

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
It’s not every day you get the chance to run into a sitting Prime Minister.

But some youth associated with Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre did just that.

APTN often gives tours, especially to Indigenous students. The youth from Ma Mawi knew there was a chance they’d get to see Justin Trudeau in-the-flesh. But they didn’t expect to speak with him, never mind shake his hand.

In a rare turn of events, the youth were able to sit-in on APTN’s special interview with the Prime Minister.

Some even got a little emotional.

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Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.