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APTN premieres new 13-part series Spirit Talker

From a media release:

Spirit Talker is an emotional documentary series that follows Mi’kmaq medium Shawn Leonard as he travels throughout Atlantic Canada and connects people with their loved ones in the spirit world. Throughout the 13-part series, Shawn uses his unique ability to bring hope, healing and closure to hundreds of people.

During each half-hour episode, Shawn will visit a new First Nation community to perform a live show followed by powerful one-on-one readings with two individuals. Shawn is also on a journey to reconnect with his Mi’kmaq heritage, so in each community he’ll learn about the local history, participate in cultural events and practice traditional skills.

Spirit Talker is a co-production between Tell Tale Productions Inc. and Rebel Road Films. The series received financial support from the Canada Media Fund, The Nova Scotia Film & TV Production Incentive, and Federal Tax Credits.

Spirit Talker will have its world broadcast premiere on Wednesday, February 19, at 8 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. MST on APTN.

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Skindigenous debuts Season 2 Jan 21 on APTN

From a media release:

Nish Media launches the 2nd season of its 13-episode documentary series Skindigenous, which explores Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world. The English version premieres Tuesday, January 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on aptn hd & aptn e and 8:30 p.m. MT on aptn w.
A Dene version will also be broadcast on APTN.

Skindigenous 2 explores Indigenous tattooing traditions around the world from Canada to the US through Asia, Africa and Europe to New Zealand. Each episode dives into a unique Indigenous culture to discover the tools and techniques, the symbols and traditions that shape their tattooing art. In this series, the art of tattoo becomes a lens for exploring some of the planet’s oldest cultures and their unique perspectives on life, identity, and the natural world. Among ancient cultures, tattooing was only practiced by those with special standing in the community. Today, modern day tattoo artists use their art to re-connect with the heritage of their ancestors and to ensure that their stories are not lost. The series celebrates both ancient and modern tattooing techniques. Many are reviving or assuring the continuation of traditional techniques such as skin stitch or hand poke. Others aim to introduce their culture to the people around them.

Skindigenous 2 visits tattoo artists in LeBret, Sask., Kahnawake, Que., Nimkii, Northern Ontario, Haida Gwaii, B.C., Iqaluit, Nunavut, New Mexico, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, India, Taiwan, Tunisia and New Zealand. Here are a few examples of the artists being profiled:
Kanen’tó:kon Hemlock from Kahnawà:ke, Que. has been helping to revive tattooing traditions that were lost as a result of colonization. In the first episode of the series, he invites us to witness the first tattooing in a longhouse in roughly 300 years.

Stephanie Big Eagle of New Mexico is a traditional hand poke tattoo artist, who weaves Indigenous activism into her designs and became a prominent figure in the Dakota pipeline protests, where her thunder hawk hand poke design became a symbol of the standoff.

Métis artist Audie Murray grew up in Regina and Lebret, Sask. She works closely with traditional Cree tattoos and Michif visual culture and uses both hand poke and skin stitching methods.

The accompanying Skindigenous app on the series website gives Indigenous tattoo artists from around the world a forum to record and view their tattoo art.

The series was directed by Nish Media producer Jason Brennan and five other directors, including 4 female directors. Jason, a member of the First Nations community of Kitigan Zibi, has produced shows for APTN, CBC, Radio-Canada, Ici ArtTV, Canal D, TV5 and CBC Docs, including the seventh season of the Indigenous youth hockey show Hit The Ice. The series’ remaining directors are: Abenaki/Mohawk Writer/Director/Producer Angie-Pepper O’Bomsawin (Award-winning Mohawk Girls, APTN’s Hit The Ice 7, CBC Kids Cultural Capsules), award-winning film and television director, editor and cameraman Randy Kelly; Mohawk Producer/Writer/Director Roxann Whitebean (Mohawk Girls, Raven’s Quest, “Top 25” in Diversity of Voices at Banff Festival), Mohawk filmmaker Courtney Montour (Flat Rocks, APTN’s award-winning Sex Spirit Strength and Working It Out Together) and filmmaker Sara Ben-Saud (Mina, presented at TIFF).

About Nish Media
The series is produced by Nish Media, a multi-award-winning production company based in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Over the past years, producer Jason Brennan has produced over 220 hours of television for various networks such as APTN, CBC, Radio-Canada, Ici ArtTV, Canal D, TV5 and CBC Docs, including Mouki, Wapikoni, La Fosse aux tigres and seven seasons of Hit The Ice, nominated in prestigious television festivals including the Banff World Media Festival and Italy’s FICTS. Its first feature film, Le Dep, was selected to play in several film festivals including the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, the Vancouver Film Festival, the Raindance Film Festival, ImagineNative and the American Indian Film Festival. Filmmaker Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s new feature film, Rustic Oracle was presented in several festivals over the last few months. Nish Media currently has several TV projects in the works, including Season 3 of Skindigenous, the dramatic miniseries Pour toi Flora as well as the documentary Non réclamé.

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APTN rolls out winter programming

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 screenThis 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.

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Sportsnet and APTN partner to broadcast more NHL games in Plains Cree

From a media release:

Following the historic first NHL broadcast in Plains Cree last season in conjunction with Rogers Hometown Hockey’s visit to Enoch Cree Nation, 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 – full 2019-20 broadcast schedule below.

Sportsnet will continue to deliver the broadcast production, which will feature exclusive Cree-language commentary and analysis from APTN broadcasters for fans across the country. Broadcaster Clarence Iron will have the play-by-play call for APTN, while Juno Award-winning musician Earl Wood will host the studio show alongside influential Cree-language promoter Jason Chamakese, with game analysis from NHL alum John Chabot.

This season’s Cree-language broadcast schedule also features a special Rogers Hometown Hockey stop as the tour visits Peguis First Nation, Man. on Sunday, March 1 where Ron MacLean and Tara Slone will host a live broadcast of the same game on Sportsnet.

In addition to an expanded commitment to delivering Cree-language NHL broadcasts to Canadians, Sportsnet also contributes to the national production of Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition on OMNI Television.

2019-20 Cree-Language NHL Broadcast Schedule from Sportsnet on APTN:

  • Sunday, January 19 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Sunday, February 9 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Sunday, February 23 – Calgary Flames vs. Detroit Red Wings (6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Sunday, March 1 – Vancouver Canucks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (6:30 p.m. Et / 3:30 p.m. PT)
  • Sunday, March 15 – Winnipeg Jets vs. Vancouver Canucks (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT)
  • Sunday, March 29 – Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers (7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT)
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Principal photography wraps on anticipated season 2 of Merchants of the Wild

From a media release:

Today, Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures Producer Daniel Fortin, announced principal photography has wrapped on season two of the highly anticipated unscripted-series Merchants of the Wild. Sean Buckley of Buck Productions is on board again as Executive Producer and show mentor. After a successful inaugural season, the docu-series has officially wrapped filming in Nova Scotia and is now in post-production with an anticipated release in 2021.

Filmed within Potlotek’s Traditional Territory, (Near St Peters, NS) and some scenes in Hiawatha First Nation, ON; Merchants of the Wild is a vivid documentary series mixing culture, survival, reconnection to the land, and adventure. The show takes viewers back in time with six Indigenous adventurers, pitted against the perils of ancient waterway trade routes used by Mi’kmaq nations. Merchants of the Wild is being developed and produced by Little Bear Big Wolf Pictures for  APTN, in partnership with the Canada Media Fund.

Season two of Merchants of the Wild is one of Buck Productions’many collaboration projects of 2019 and wraps at a pivotal time for the Toronto-based production company as it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary later this month.

Synopsis
Six Indigenous Adventurers embark on the journey of a lifetime, as they spend 25 days on the land, paddling birch bark ‘gwitn’ (canoes) through the Mi’kmaq territory, ‘Unama’ki ’ (Land of Fog), known as Cape Breton, NS. Following an old waterway trade route, moving inland from the ocean at the end of summer, the Adventurers begin their difficult journey with a few necessary tools and a limited supply of food. From day one, they will need to rely on cultural teachings and the land to reach the end of their journey.

During the course of their adventure, they will meet Mi’kmaq Elders and Knowledge Holders at various camps along the ocean, rivers, and lakes, learning culture, language, and traditional Mi’kmaq teachings to help them complete their journey. Throughout the experience, each Adventurer will be impacted in different ways, with some finding the connection their spirit has been in search of, while others could succumb to the constant demands of mother nature, the physical struggle and emotional challenges that can come with living off the land, while others discover newfound strength amongst the teachings and their new friends.

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