Truth and Politics

Each week on APTN National News, our Truth & Politics panelists Kerry Benjoe and Niigaan Sinclair sit down with our hosts Dennis Ward and Darrell Stranger to discuss important topics affecting Indigenous Peoples in the news.

Watch our most recent panels here, or see the full playlist on the APTN News YouTube channel.

How does internal strife in the Assembly of First Nations affect First Nations peoples?

ESPN announcer mocks First Nation NHL player Zach Whitecloud’s name

How can King Charles signal a new era of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

New report on policing in Thunder Bay – does it go far enough?

What can be done to reverse the growing trend of police violence in Canada?

Police say there is no evidence of homicide in death of woman found in a Winnipeg landfill

Vatican officially repudiates the Doctrine of Discovery – what does this mean?


Kerry Benjoe is the editor of Eagle Feather News, Saskatchewan’s only Indigenous and longest-running newspaper. She is from the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation located in Treaty 4 Territory. She grew up on reserve and is the last in her family to attend an Indian Residential School. Prior to taking on the role of editor/owner of Eagle Feather News, she worked for the Regina Leader-Post and CBC Saskatchewan.

Niigaan Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and a professor at the University of Manitoba, where he holds the Faculty of Arts Professorship in Indigenous Knowledge and Aesthetics and is currently Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies. Niigaan is also an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was recently named to the “Power List” by Maclean’s magazine as one of the most influential individuals in Canada. In 2018, he won Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press and is also a featured member of the Friday “Power Panel” on CBC’s Power & Politics. A former secondary school teacher, he won the 2019 Peace Educator of the Year from the Peace and Justice Studies Association based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.