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Chef Shawn Adler cooks up tasty and traditional treats on APTN’s Pow Wow Chow

I’m fascinated with the behind-the-scenes of creating food. Whether it was The Heat with Mark McEwan back in 2006 or Carnival Eats with Noah Cappe, it’s interesting to find out how food is prepared, quickly and on-location, for people.

That fascination continues with Pow Wow Chow. The documentary series, debuting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on APTN, hits the road to follow two Indigenous chefs preparing food for crowds at Pow Wows across the country.

Featuring Indigenous chefs Shawn Adler of the Pow Wow Café and Flying Chestnut Kitchen, and Bob Chilblow of Chiblow Fish, their partners, family, and road crews, each instalment of Pow Wow Chow digs into the dishes being created, as well as spotlighting the Pow Wows themselves.

“Going behind the scenes is interesting,” Adler says during a recent phone call. “People don’t have that perspective without a TV show, and it definitely makes for some interesting watching.”

Adler and his partner are a sight, driving a small yellow school bus from location to location, unloading it, prepping, cooking, selling, cleaning up, packing up and doing it all over again. It can be a logistical nightmare, but one Adler has nailed down with experience.

Produced by InterINDigital and Sandbay, Pow Wow Chow is educational as well. Viewers learn about the Pow Wow Trail, which stretches from B.C. to Nova Scotia, celebrating Indigenous culture as multiple generations come together to enjoy food, honour traditions, forge a sense of community and practice spiritual healing.

“APTN is aired all across Canada,” Adlet says. “I don’t think a lot of non-Indigenous folks have ever been to a Pow Wow, maybe they have heard the term before, and don’t really understand what happens. Beyond the food vending, there is the drumming, the dancing, the singing, all of the craft vendors and it’s a family-oriented cultural practice.”

“I hope that people tune in and garner a little more of an understanding of life on the Pow Wow Trail.”

Pow Wow Chow airs Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Eastern on APTN.

Image courtesy of Sandbay Entertainment.


A season of linguistic pride: Indigenous languages take centre stage in APTN’s spring programming

From a media release:

APTN is proud to announce its spring lineup, which promises to inspire, educate and ignite conversations across the nation. Through groundbreaking newscasts and language revitalization initiatives, APTN continues to uplift Indigenous voices on-screen.

News and current affairs programming
APTN is strengthening its commitment to news and current affairs by introducing a 30-minute midday edition of APTN National News that aims to give viewers a quick snippet of key stories during their lunch breaks. The program offers a more lighthearted newscast, while still covering the events that impact First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Tune in to the live newscasts on weekdays or access them anytime at aptnnews.ca/newscasts/.

APTN National News at noon CT
APTN TV premiere date: May 6, 2024 (English)

New language & entertainment programming
As part of the network’s commitment to language revitalization, APTN is launching several new Indigenous-language series alongside its English and French offerings. These programs showcase the power of culture, help people engage with their language in a fun way and spark dialogue that connects generations.

On the Front Line – Season 1 – Docuseries (originally aired in French as Sur le terrain)
APTN lumi premiere dates: April 29, 2024 (Innu) & April 30, 2024 (English)
APTN TV premiere dates: May 6, 2024 (Innu) & May 7, 2024 (English)

Pow Wow Chow – Season 1 – Docuseries
APTN lumi premiere date: April 30, 2024 (Ojibwe & English)
APTN TV premiere date: May 7, 2024 (Ojibwe & English)

Chums – Season 1 – Kids/Youth
APTN lumi premiere dates: May 4, 2024 (Ojibwe) & May 5, 2024 (Cree & English)
APTN TV premiere dates: May 11, 2024 (Ojibwe) & May 12, 2024 (Cree & English)

Mi’kma’ki – Season 1 – Docuseries
APTN lumi premiere dates: April 29, 2024 (Mi’kmaq) & July 30, 2024 (English)
APTN TV premiere dates: May 6, 2024 (Mi’kmaq) & Aug. 6, 2024 (English)

Lands Enchanted – Season 1 – Docuseries (originally aired in English)
APTN TV premiere date: May 7, 2024 (Cree)
APTN lumi premiere date: May 8, 2024 (Cree)

La brigade – Season 1 – Kids/Youth
APTN TV premiere date: May 11, 2024 (French)
APTN lumi premiere date: May 12, 2024 (French)

Returning fan favourites
Moosemeat & Marmalade (image above), one of APTN’s most successful productions ever, is going out with a memorable final season of laughter, adventure and, as always, mouthwatering food. Before they hang up their aprons, beloved chefs Art and Dan explore the traditional recipes and hunting practices of Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Sweden and more. For longtime fans or those who are hungry to catch up on the action, all past seasons of Moosemeat & Marmalade will be available for streaming on APTN lumi this July in English, Cree and French. Other programs returning to APTN this spring include the second season of Bears’ Lair, featuring 18 new Indigenous entrepreneurs in a friendly competition for $100,000.

Moosemeat & Marmalade – Season 7 – Docuseries
APTN TV premiere dates: May 6, 2024 (French) & May 7, 2024 (English)
APTN lumi premiere dates: May 7, 2024 (French) & May 8, 2024 (English)

Bears’ Lair – Season 2 – Reality/Competition
APTN TV premiere dates: June 4, 2024 (English) & June 10, 2024 (French)
APTN lumi premiere dates: June 5, 2024 (English) & June 11, 2024 (French)

Visit www.aptntv.ca/schedule for the full APTN TV schedule.


Treaty Road, the ground-breaking docuseries, premieres March 5 on APTN

From a media release:

After close to a decade of in-depth research, Saxon de Cocq, Hannah Hermanson and Ell McEachern of 3 Story Pictures, Doug Cuthand of Blue Hill Productions, and Candy Renae Fox are very pleased to bring Canadian audiences Season 1 of Treaty Road, the ground-breaking, long overdue 6-part docuseries (one hour each) that follows Dakota/Anishinaabekwe educator and researcher, Erin Goodpipe (RezX, The Other Side, Bathsheba: Search for Evil) and Métis writer, director and producer Saxon de Cocq (The Other Side, The Invincible Sergeant Bill (CBC) and Land Acknowledgement (CIFF)) on their personal and communal journey as they travel the old roads to uncover the truth about the signing of the Numbered Treaties, signed between 1871 and 1921, and ultimately themselves.

Beginning March 5, 2024 at 9 PM, Treaty Road will be broadcast on APTN.

Filming of Treaty Road took place across Treaty 1 through 6 territories in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

While exploring his Métis ancestry, writer/director Saxon de Cocq discovered that his great grandfather (x4) was the Honorable James McKay, a prominent Métis from the Red River area. McKay was involved in many of the Numbered Treaty negotiations, eventually becoming a Treaty Commissioner. With mixed feelings, Saxon is driven to learn more… what was McKay’s involvement, his motivations for playing a pivotal role in this part of history? Saxon enlists the help of his friend Erin Goodpipe, a community educator and researcher who has devoted years in building her knowledge around Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

Treaty Road is directed by Candy Renae Fox (The Other Side, Big Brother Canada, Zarqa), and hosted by Saxon de Cocq and Erin Goodpipe and produced by Saxon de Cocq, Candy Renae Fox, Ell McEachern (Staying Wild, The Other Side, ZARQA S2) and Hannah Hermanson (Staying Wild, The Other Side, Dirt Farmers, ZARQA S2). The series is written by Saxon de Cocq and story edited by Berkley Brady (Dark Nature, The Secret History of: The Wild West) with Doug Cuthand(Guardians: Evolution, Miywayawin, Big Bear) serving as executive producer.

Cinematography by Jeremy Ratzlaff (By Faith, Denis, Never Seen Again) and editing by Jennifer Prokop (Staying Wild, The Other Side), Kolby Kostyniuk (Staying Wild, Dirt Farmers), Nina Staum (Ice Racer Showdown, The Other Side), and Adam Phipps (Amplify).

Treaty Road was produced with financial support from Canada Media Fund and Creative Saskatchewan.


Hockey Night in Canada in Cree is back on APTN

From a media release:

Hockey Night in Canada in Cree is geared up and ready to go with an all-new schedule:   

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024: Toronto Maple Leafs at Winnipeg Jets, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT 
  • Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024: Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers, 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT 
  • Saturday, March 30, 2024: Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT 
  • Saturday, April 13, 2024: Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT 

Sportsnet and APTN have teamed up once again to bring NHL hockey back to APTN, an initiative that has seen great success in recent years and that supports APTN’s mandate to foster Indigenous language revitalization. Eager fans across the country can look forward to a brand-new season of pulse-pounding action delivered in Plains Cree, with exciting play-by-play commentary by Clarence Iron. Our team of analysts isn’t just calling the shots; they’re taking you on an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of every period. With a perfect blend of hockey expertise, witty banter and pure passion for the game, Earl Wood, John Chabot and Jason Chamakese turn each matchup into a can’t-miss spectacle. 


Eagle Vision and APTN’s 7TH GEN returns for Season Two

From a media release:

Eagle Vision and APTN’s factual series 7TH GEN returns for season two with ten new episodes featuring some of the most inspiring young Indigenous leaders from across the country. The series returns for season two on APTN in English on Friday, October 13th at 8 pm (PST/ET) and on Monday, October 9th at 8:30 pm (PST/ET) and again on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 am (PST/ET) in Cree. 

The idea from which 7TH GEN was sparked was the vision that positive stories of young Indigenous leaders need to be told. There are countless stories of young Indigenous people committed to making a powerful mark on the world, who are not only making an impact in their communities, but are doing so by reclaiming their culture.. Every day, the successes that emerge from this generation are inspiring other young people to share their gifts, to overcome the obstacles they face, and to inspire others by living their best lives. There are so many young Indigenous people who want to share their inspiration with others and celebrate their culture. 7TH GEN celebrates their accomplishments and honours the Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have supported them in their journeys. 

The series is hosted by dynamic Cree hosts Ivana Yellowback, Darcy Waite and Lorraine George and follows subjects including performer, motivational speaker, educator and advocate Laura Grizzlypaws (a descendant of the Stʼatʼimc Nation, from the Bear Clan community of Xwísten, and from Lillooet, BC), hockey coaches and NHL athletes Brandon and Jordan Nolan (from Garden River First Nation), entrepreneur, chef and community leader Melissa Brown (an Anishinaabe Ojibway-Jamaican woman from Winnipeg who grew up in the inner city), athlete, coach/educator, live-stream gamer Jon-Ross Merasty-Moose (Cree from O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, Brochet and Thompson, Manitoba), advocate and post-secondary student Makaela Blake  (Inuit-Punjabi, originally from Gander, Newfoundland), and music producer and recording artist Matthew Monias aka Mattmac (an Oji-Cree, blind recording artist from Garden Hill First Nation).

7TH GEN also features multidisciplinary artist Taalrumiq (an Inuvialuk and Gwich’in from Tuktoyaktuk, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories), environmental and clean energy developer Mihskakwan James Harper (Cree from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation), artist, poet, writer, musician and activist Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Innu from Pessamit, now living in Montréal), and two spirit, drag performer and content creator Layten Byhette, otherwise known as Chelazon Leroux (Dene from Buffalo River Dene Nation and Fond Du Lac First Nation).

The series is accompanied by a strong element of language reclamation in both the series and online, with Cree-versioned episodes, and a Cree language-learning web series. 7TH GEN also provides a showcase for young Indigenous filmmakers, writers, directors, producers, editors and others who have been given the opportunity to share their gifts and gain more experience in the industry by creating content that focuses on Indigenous stories, culture, and spiritual lessons for an audience of all people around the world.

7TH GEN is written, directed and showrun by Dinae Robinson (True Story), co-creator/executive producer and director is Lisa Meeches (The Sharing Circle), co-creator/executive producer, writer and director is Rebecca Gibson (Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On), co-creator/executive producer Kyle Irving (Capote), associate producer/writer/director Cynthia Murdock (DJ Burnt Bannock), producer Hannah Johnson (Diaspora), writer/director Jessica Landry (List of a Lifetime), director Ervin Chartrand (The Redemption Artist), writer and head of archival research Damian Panciera (True Story Part Two), writer Katarina Ziervogel (Finality of Dusk) and director of photography is Gabriel Levesque (El Toro). 

7TH Gen was made possible through the support of the Canada Media Fund, APTN, the Indigenous Screen Office, MIGIZI Distribution and Eagle Vision Canada.