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APTN Indigenous Day Live returns to in-person celebrations

Press Release

May 17, 2022

APTN Indigenous Day Live returns to in-person celebrations

TREATY 1 TERRITORY, Winnipeg, Man. – Welcome the summer solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day (NIPD) with APTN Indigenous Day Live 2022 (IDL). For the first time since 2019, this year’s free event marks the return to an in-person celebration at The Forks in Winnipeg, Man., on Saturday, June 18. 

New this year, IDL is being reimagined from a traditionally-hosted concert to a cultural and artistic presentation that shines a light on this year’s theme, “Celebrating Our Lands.” The show celebrates gender diversity and the important connection Indigenous women have to the land. Each act is led by an Indigenous woman or member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. 

IDL 2022 will broadcast on APTN, AMI-tv, on participating Indigenous radio stations and livestreamed on APTN’s YouTube channel for audiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast. 

“We are so excited to present this new adaptation of APTN Indigenous Day Live,” said APTN CEO Monika Ille. “This year’s theme will emphasize the important relationship between ourselves and our lands. The lands sustain our spirits and bodies and this event is an opportunity for us to express gratitude to our lands for taking such good care of our Peoples.” 

Pre-show celebrations at The Forks will begin at 6 p.m. CT. Catch artisans, food vendors, a Métis fiddle competition and more. IDL 2022 will kick off on the main stage at 9 p.m. CT. The two-hour show will feature an exciting medley of artistic and cultural collaborations never-before-seen on the IDL stage.  

Generous financial support from the Government of Canada has enabled APTN Indigenous Day Live to bring communities together in celebration of NIPD. 

 “The Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation by supporting important projects like APTN Indigenous Day Live 2022,” said the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, Pablo Rodriguez. “I encourage everyone across the country to use this day as an opportunity to learn, and to take part and recognize this celebration of Indigenous cultures and heritage.” 

APTN is proud to present this edition of APTN Indigenous Day Live and would like to acknowledge its other partners and funders: TD Bank Group, NCI FM, The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, BMO Bank of Montreal, Manitoba Hydro and The North West Company. 

 Visit, APTN’s Media Centre and “Celebrating Our Lands” document (see below) for more information!  

 Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate IDL 2022 with APTN!   

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About APTN 

APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world. Since then, the network has become a global leader in programming that celebrates the rich diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and beyond. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, APTN shares authentic stories in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages with over 10 million Canadian households. APTN proudly features over 80% Canadian content and inspires audiences via multiple platforms, including its Indigenous-focused streaming service, APTN lumi. 

 Media contacts: 

Joëlle Saltel  
Manager of Communications, APTN
(431) 557-9909
[email protected]
Cali Timmins
Senior Consultant, Media Profile
(647) 206 5787
[email protected]


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