Sept. 16, 2019, Winnipeg (Manitoba) – In celebration of its 20th anniversary on Sept. 1, 2019, APTN presents its Fall 2019 schedule and announces the launch of APTN lumi, an Indigenous-focused streaming service. The fall lineup and streaming service offer new and original programming, returning favourites and compelling documentaries.
The new fall season, which started earlier this month, rolls-out on APTN linear channels and APTN lumi until the end of December and includes the following programs:
- First Contact – Season 2 (Premieres September 17)
This reality show takes a group of six non-Indigenous Canadians and immerses them into Indigenous Canada for the first time. As the group travels deep into Indigenous communities across Canada, their perceptions are challenged and their prejudices are confronted as they learn about a world they never imagined they’d see.
- Taken – Season 4 (Premieres in Cree October 2; in English October 12)
For its last season, this true crime documentary series continues its important work of solving the disappearance and honouring the lives of Canada’s MMIWG, with an additional focus on missing and murdered Indigenous males.
- The Other Side – Season 5 (Premieres October 30)
Opening the door to the spirit world can have unexpected results. No matter what Jeff Richards, paranormal investigator Michaella Shannon and spirit guide Tom Charles discover, they work use the wisdom of Indigenous traditions to help the living and the dead on their journeys. Shot in the Maritimes (N.S. and PEI), this season is one of the best and spookiest yet!
French-language Original Programming
- Policier autochtone – Season 1 (Premiered September 9)
Every week, this series follows the unusual daily realities of police officers in four different Indigenous communities. The series illustrates the social and cultural challenges they face as they do their best to foster peace and understanding.
- Première Ligne – Season 2 (Premiered September 9)
Health workers don’t hesitate when it comes to helping those in need, and often put their own lives on the line in the process. Told through 13 real-life stories, Première Ligne honours the special lives of doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics and first responders working in Indigenous communities.
Indigenous-language Original Programming
- Our People, Our Land – Season 4 (Premieres September 16 in Inuktitut)
Our People, Our Land looks at the relationship and juxtaposition between modern lifestyles and the ancient traditions of the Inuit.
- Uakallanga! – Season 2 (Premieres September 23 in Inuktitut)
Uakallanga means ‘wow’ or ‘impressive’ in Inuktitut and this show will have you saying just that! Look at how Inuit craftspeople make traditional – often innovative – objects using customary methods and demonstrate how they’re still used today.
Launch of APTN lumi
This month, APTN brings the Indigenous stories and programming it’s known for and delivers it to an OTT platform. APTN lumi gives viewers unprecedented access to an extensive, and ever-expanding, catalogue of programs in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages.
Viewers can sign up for a three-day free trial and will have access to a small selection of shows even after the trial ends. For only $4.99/month, viewers can access the complete APTN catalogue by becoming a member. This fee helps support APTN’s mission to share our Peoples’ journey, celebrate our cultures, inspire our children and honour the wisdom of our Elders.
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APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, creating a window into the remarkably diverse mosaic of Indigenous Peoples. A respected non-profit, charitable broadcaster, it’s the only one of its kind in North America. The network is Sharing Our Stories of authenticity in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages to approximately 11 million Canadian subscribers. With over 80% Canadian content, APTN connects with its audience through genuine, inspiring, and engaging entertainment on multiple platforms.
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