From a media release:
APTN presents its Winter 2020 TV schedule with exciting new shows and the latest seasons of returning favourites. Audiences can also expect new binge-worthy series to roll out all through the season on the network’s growing Indigenous-focused streaming service, APTN lumi.
Tune in to the premiere of Ron Scott’s TRIBAL, watch NHL hockey in Plains Cree and see what inspired Canada’s First Contact series this winter on APTN. The new winter season will roll out on APTN from January 2020 to the end of April and will include the following programs:
- Spirit Talker – Season 1 (Premieres Feb. 19, 2020)
Renowned Mi’kmaq medium Shawn Leonard travels across Canada and connects the living with the dead to bring hope, healing and closure to Indigenous communities.
- TRIBAL – Season 1 (Premieres Feb. 20, 2020)
Ron Scott, the producer of APTN flagship series Blackstone, brings TRIBAL to the screen. This new drama series follows an Indigenous “tribal” police force and the four First Nations communities it oversees. They must work together to prevent colonial control from resurfacing.
- First Talk – Season 4 (Premieres March 2, 2020)
Panel discussions, viral videos and pop quizzes: First Talk has it all. The show addresses a wide range of topics, from environmental and social issues to fitness and wellness trends.
- First Contact (Australia) – Season 1 (Premieres March 3, 2020)
The original Australian First Contact (2014) that inspired its successful Canadian counterpart is coming to APTN’s airwaves. This docuseries takes a diverse group of six people and immerses them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time.
Indigenous-Language Original Programming:
- Rogers Hometown Hockey in Cree (Premieres Jan. 19, 2020 – in Plains Cree)
Expect to hear more cries of kociw osihew, pihtokwahew! – he shoots, he scores! – across the country. Following the historic first NHL broadcast in Plains Cree last season, Sportsnet and APTN are expanding their partnership to deliver more games over the next three seasons. In total, a minimum of six games per year will be broadcast on APTN in Plains Cree.
French-Language Original Programming:
- Orignal et marmelade – Season 4 (Premieres Jan. 6, 2020)
Bush cook Art Napoleon and classically trained British chef Dan Hayes explore and compare Indigenous and European culture and cuisine.
- La terre en nous – Season 1 (Premieres Jan. 13, 2020)
While humanity is pushing the Earth to its limits, some are taking initiative to resist climate change. Christian Pilon travels across Canada to meet environmental trailblazers and learn about their inspiring projects.
APTN will also air special programming in honour of International Women’s Day, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism and National Canadian Film Day.