Who We Are


APTN is a television network that developed originally from Television Northern Canada (TVNC). TVNC was an Aboriginal network with northern and Aboriginal themed programming that broadcasted from the Yukon to northern Labrador beginning in 1991.

APTN is a mandatory service available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers.

APTN is aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences with programming to interest all viewers: children’s animation, youth, cultural and traditional programming, music, drama, news and current affairs, as well as live coverage of special events and interactive programming.

Nearly half of APTN programming is exclusive to APTN and cannot be seen on any other network.

APTN airs more than 80% Canadian content and consistently exceeds its Canadian content requirements. The remaining percentage of the broadcast schedule includes Indigenous programming from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America and the U.S.

APTN offers a daily APTN National News program and a weekly investigative news show that provide balanced, accurate and provocative coverage of national issues. APTN National News looks beyond the headlines and offers context and a historical perspective.

“History would have been told differently if our reporters had been there.”

APTN programming is broadcast from our downtown Winnipeg headquarters. The majority of programming, with the exception of APTN National News, originates with independent Aboriginal producers from across the country and around the world. APTN has also acquired programming from other networks.

Over 67% of APTN employees are Aboriginal Peoples.

APTN connects with a vibrant on-line community via the APTN.ca website and averages over 34,000 unique visitors a month*. APTN generates revenue through advertising sales, affiliate revenues and strategic partnerships. This allows us to maintain our independent stance on the programming we license and acquire.

APTN broadcasts approximately 56% of its programming in English, 16% in French and 28% in a variety of Aboriginal languages including Inuktitut, Cree, Inuinaqtuun, Ojibway, Inuvialuktun, Mohawk, Dene, Gwich’in, Miqma’aq, Slavey, Dogrib, Chipweyan, Tlingit and Mechif.

* September 2005