APTN Mission

“APTN is sharing our Peoples’ journey, celebrating our cultures, inspiring our children and honouring the wisdom of our Elders.”

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) is the first national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world, with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples, to share with all Canadians as well as viewers around the world.

The launch of APTN on September 1, 1999, represented a significant milestone for Aboriginal Peoples across Canada; for the first time in broadcast history, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples have the opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the world on a national television network dedicated to Aboriginal programming.

Through documentaries, news magazines, dramas, entertainment specials, children’s series, cooking shows and education programs, APTN offers all Canadians a window into the remarkably diverse worlds of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and throughout the world.

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation

APTN has submitted an application to the CRTC asking for a change to a standard condition of license that states that not less than 95% of our HD programming must be broadcast on a SD feed of service. We’re asking for an amendment that will give APTN flexibility to schedule programming on HD at a different time than what it airs on its SD feeds. The CRTC is asking the general public to send interventions/comments/answers regarding the request before making a decision. The deadline to send comments is August 22. Please visit the CRTC website (links below) for more details, or email to request a copy of the application.