December 22, 2016

December 22, 2016, Winnipeg, Manitoba–Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced its new winter schedule today. Thefresh lineup blends exciting new shows with returning favourites.

Here’s what APTN viewers have to look forward to in the New Year:

  • Hard Rock Medical,Season 3 – A diverse group of students navigate their way through a dramatic four-year adventure in the most unusual medical school in the world.
  • Guilt Free Zone, Season 2 – Derek Miller and the GFZ Tallboys will unveil a brand new song on every episode of their comedic music/variety show series.
  • Les Sioui-Bacon, Season 5 – The Sioui-Bacon clan are stronger than ever and under the same roof.
  • Tribal Police Files – Officers share the most dangerous moments they have faced in the line of duty while stressing the importance of cultural practices.Ride along as the real-drama unfolds.
  • Dene A Journey, Season 2 – A documentary series following urban Indigenous individuals undertaking the task of discovering their traditional Dene roots.
  • underEXPOSED, Season 4 – Grace Dove gets her final crack at becoming a successful action sports photographer.
  • Taken – Continuing the search for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, Taken airs in Cree as part of the Aboriginal-language programming.

Be sure to tune in every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9:00 p.m. for APTN Movies. See aptn.ca/movies
for the full star-studded movie schedule!

APTN’s 2017 winter programming season launches on January 2. See the full schedule at aptn.ca/schedule!

APTN PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS FOR WINTER 2017

NEW ORIGINAL SERIES

TRIBAL POLICE FILES(WORLD PREMIERE–DOC SERIES)
Ride along as the real-life drama unfolds with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service. This docu-series explores the challenges faced by officers serving on BC’s only tribal police force.

aptn e             Friday, March 3           7:30 p.m. ET
aptn w            Friday, March 3           7:30 p.m. MT
aptn n             Friday, March 3           7:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd           Friday, March 3           7:30 p.m. ET

NEW SEASONS

HARD ROCK MEDICAL, SEASON 3(APTN PREMIERE-DRAMA)
Set against a harsh Northern landscape at the most unusual medical school in the world. Multiple plot lines will gravitate towards one ultimate question: Do these students have what it takes to make it in the North?

aptn e          Wednesday, February 8           8:30 p.m. ET
aptn w         Wednesday, February 8          8:30 p.m. MT
aptn n          Friday, February 10                  1:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd       Wednesday, February 8           8:30 p.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

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GUILT FREE ZONE, SEASON 2(WORLDPREMIERE–MUSIC/VARIETY)
Anchored by the comic stylings of some of Canada’s best comedic/improv actors and JUNO winner and host Derek Miller. From mad scientists to double agent janitors and more, the situations are anything but common at this fictitious urban speakeasy.

aptn e           Saturday, March 18          11:30 p.m. ET
aptn w          Saturday, March 18         11:30 p.m. MT
aptn n          Saturday, March 18          11:30 p.m. CT
aptn hd        Saturday, March 18          11:30 p.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

DENE A JOURNEY,SEASON 2 (WORLD PREMIERE-DOCSERIES)
Trek with Indigenous urbanites on a journey to connect with their culture, discovering themselves along the way.

aptn e           Tuesday,March 7          7:00 p.m. ET
aptn w         Tuesday, March 7         7:00 p.m. MT
aptn n          Saturday, March 1       11:00 p.m. CT
aptn hd        Tuesday, March 7         7:00 p.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

underEXPOSED, SEASON 4(WORLD PREMIERE–YOUTH SERIES)
Find out what it takes to capture extreme athletes in action. From the waves to the slopes, aspiring action sports photographer Grace Dove shows how it’s done.

aptn e             Tuesday, January 3             4:30 p.m. ET
aptn w            Tuesday, January 3            4:30 p.m. MT
aptn n            Saturday, January 7           11:00 a.m. CT
aptn hd          Tuesday, January 3            4:30 p.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

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HIT THE ICE, SEASON 5 (WORLD PREMIERE–YOUTH SERIES)
See dreams come true as the best young male Aboriginal hockey players compete at an intense training camp. Not everyone will make the team! Who will make the cut?

aptn e          Thursday, February 2            4:30 p.m. ET
aptn w        Thursday, February 2            4:30 p.m. MT
aptn n         Thursday, February 4            11:30 a.m. CT
aptn hd       Saturday, February 2             4:30 p.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

FRENCH-LANGUAGE SERIES

LESSIOUI-BACON, SEASON 5  (FRENCH WORLD PREMIERE –DRAMA SERIES)
Follow the adventures of an Aboriginal family who has relocated to the big city–Montreal. François and Julie have to adapt to a new way of lifewhile learning to live under the sameroof.

aptn e           Monday, January 23          8:30 p.m. ET
aptn hd        Monday, January 23          8:30 p.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

LE RYTHME, SEASON 3(FRENCH WORLD PREMIERE –YOUTH SERIES)
Follow the journey of young Indigenous musicians between the ages of 16 and 30 as they receive intensive training by industry professionals.After several weeks of living together, these young musicians will be given the opportunity to take their dreams to the next level.

aptn e            Monday, January 2        7:30 p.m. ET
aptn hd         Monday, January 2        7:30 p.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

ABORIGINAL-LANGUAGE SERIES

TAKEN (CREE WORLD PREMIERE–DOC SERIES)
Riveting, spine-chilling, important television, Taken confronts, head-on, the national epidemic of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

aptn e            Thursday, March 2                10:00 a.m. ET
aptn w          Thursday,March 2                10:00 a.m. MT
aptn n          Thursday, March 2                 10:00 a.m. CT
aptn hd        Thursday, March 2                10:00 a.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

HIT THE ICE, SEASON 4 (CREE WORLD PREMIERE–YOUTH SERIES)
NHL-player-turned-coach John Chabot guides young players through the ups and downs of a competitive and elite all-Aboriginal hockey team. Along the way, the hopefuls will grow not only as skilled players, but as men.

aptn e          Thursday, February 9           9:30 a.m. ET
aptn w         Thursday, February 9           9:30a.m. MT
aptn n         Thursday, February 9            9:30 a.m. CT
aptn hd       Thursday, February 9           9:30 a.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

LE RYTHME, SEASON 3 (INNU WORLD PREMIERE–YOUTHSERIES)
Follow the journey of young Indigenous musicians between the ages of 16 and 30 as they receive intensive training by industry professionals. After several weeks of living together, these young musicians will be given the opportunity to take their dreams to the next level.

aptn e           Friday, February 3             6:30 a.m. ET
aptn w          Friday, February 3            6:30 a.m. MT
aptn n          Friday, February 3              6:30 a.m. CT
aptn hd        Friday, February 3             6:30 a.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

MOHAWK IRONWORKERS (MOHAWK WORLD PREMIERE–DOC SERIES)
Celebrate the steely determination of ironworkers.Mohawk Ironworkersuses a mixture of dramatic “high steel” footage, and archival material, to showcase one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet.

aptn e            Wednesday,January 4             8:00 a.m. ET
aptn w           Wednesday,January 4            8:00 a.m. MT
aptn n           Wednesday,January 4             8:00 a.m. CT
aptn hd        Wednesday, January 4             8:00 a.m. ET
Back-to-back episodes

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

PRINCESSES (MOHAWKWORLD PREMIERE–DOCUMENTARY SERIES)
Standards of beauty are truly subjective.An interesting subject which undoubtedly deserves attention, if only to debunk some myths that have lingered on for far too long.

aptn e           Wednesday, January 4            7:00a.m. ET
aptn w          Wednesday, January 4           7:00a.m. MT
aptn n          Wednesday, January 4             7:00a.m. CT
aptn hd        Wednesday, January 4            7:00a.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

WORKING IT OUT TOGETHER, SEASON 3 (MOHAWK WORLD PREMIERE –DOCUMENTARY SERIES)
Join Olympian and health advocate Waneek Horn-Miller on a journey centred on wellness and creating positive change within the Indigenous community.

aptn e           Wednesday, January 18           6:30a.m. ET
aptn w          Wednesday, January 18          6:30a.m. MT
aptn n           Wednesday, January 18           6:30a.m. CT
aptn hd         Wednesday, January 18          6:30a.m. ET

Visit the show page for subsequent air dates and times.

ABOUT APTN:
September 1, 2016, marked the 17-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding  for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at www.aptn.ca

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
jjubinville@aptn.ca