Prisoner who appeared on APTN’s First Contact now sharing her story


She bared her soul on national television telling three participants of the APTN program First Contact that she had murdered someone while intoxicated.

Now Trina says she’s on her way to taking back her life – and she wants to share her journey.

While she’s still at the Buffalo Sage Wellness Centre, Trina is now on day parole.


Host/Producer - Winnipeg

Melissa is a proud Red River Metis and award-winning journalist who has spent more 14 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).