Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network
The Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN), based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the first national television network in the world "with programming by, for, and about Aboriginal Peoples." That includes a huge variety of shows – everything from documentaries and dramas to children’s television and cooking shows.
APTN not only broadcasts its own national news, but tries to go beyond the headlines to present many perspectives. Its motto about news is: "History would have been told differently if our reporters had been there." Some of its recent stories have examined the fate of Aboriginal children in foster care; the killing of Dudley George at Ipperwash Provincial Park; and the honouring of Aboriginal veterans who served in both world wars.
Formed in 1999, APTN reaches 10 million homes in Canada, as well as viewers worldwide. It also maintains its own online community through its Web site, which gets about 21 000 hits per month. Its forums invite viewers to discuss all the issues that are important to them.
Seventy percent of APTN’s staff is Aboriginal. Half of its programming content is exclusive to APTN–not found on any other station. Another 30 percent of its content represents Aboriginal programming from other parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America and the United States.
APTN is also developing more programming for teens. The Link is an after-school show for students aged 12 to 17, featuring videos and interviews. The show is hosted by two Aboriginal teens. Viewers have a chance to contribute through e-mail, homemade videos, photos, and letters.
VOCABULARY:




documentaries
: films about real people and events
perspectives
: viewpoints; ways of seeing things
veterans
: people who have served in their country’s military
exclusive
: a story broadcast or published by just one source

READ FOR MEANING
APTN is an acronym for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. What does CBC stand for?
Children’s Band of Canada
Canadian Broadway Corporation
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Corporation of Broadcasters for Canada
What is the purpose of APTN
To provide programs of interest to Aboriginal people.
To provide entertainment to both Aboriginal people and others
To twist the news so that it only reflects an Aboriginal perspective
To inform people who are not Aboriginal about Aboriginal interests.
What is the meaning of "go beyond the headlines?"
APTN provided more than just a headline
APTN only tells stories that involve Aboriginal people
APTN provides background information that other networks do not give
APTN shows more pictures and has better graphics than other networks.
What does APTN mean by its motto, "History would have been told differently if our reporters had been there?"
History is only partially true because APTN reporters were not there.
History isn’t true because it is told by other reporters from other networks
History usually criitcizes Aboriginal peoples because it isn’t told by APTN reporters.
History would have reflected an Aboriginal perspective if it had been told by APTN reporters.
Does APTN serve only Canadian viewers? Select a quotation from the article to prove your answer.
"... is the first national television network in the world ‘with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples.’"
"APTN not only broadcasts its own national news, but tries to go beyond the headlines...."
"Formed in 1999, APTN reaches 10 million homes in Canada, as well as viewers worldwide."
"Another 30 percent of its content represents Aboriginal programming from other parts of the world..."
How can viewers share their opinions about topics that interest them?
They can e-mail letters to the president of APTN.
They can write articles for an Aboriginal magazine.
They can participate in the network’s online forum
They can videotape their own programs. And mail them to APTN.
At what time of the day can teenagers watch The Link?
After school
During the daytime
Around dinner time
Before school starts
SHARPEN YOUR WRITER’S CRAFT
What is the function of the semicolons (;) in paragraph 2
To separate items in a list
To indicate pauses in a sentence.
To provide the reader with time to think.
To show that each statement is equally important
What is the function of the dashes (–) in paragraphs 1 and 4?
To make a compound word.
To introduce an explanation that will follow
To create a contrast with the first part of the sentence
To emphasize the idea in the final part of the sentence.
Why is The Link written in italics?
To catch the reader’s attention
It is the name of a television program
To let it stand out from the rest of the text.
It is more important than the other words in the sentence.
TEST
Choose the correct option to fill in the blank Like many other TV shows intended for a teenaged audience, The Link .
its hosts are teens
is hosted by teens
whose hosts are teens
and also has teens as hosts.
Choose the sentence that uses capitalization correctly.
My Brother, whose name is also Joe, hosts a show for APTN called At the Sound of the Drum.
My brother, whose name is also Joe, hosts a show for APTN called At The Sound Of The Drum.
My brother, whose name is also Joe, hosts a show for APTN called At the Sound of the Drum.
My brother, whose name is also Joe, hosts a show for APTN called at the sound of the drum.

Choose the option that best combines all the information in the sentences in italics
Simply enjoy the show.
Send in photos, e-mails, or homemade videos.
Viewers can contribute.
Views can make contributions or they can simply enjoy the show.
Viewers can contribute by sending in photos, e-mails, or homemade videos, or they can simply enjoy the show.
Viewers can contribute if they send in photos, e-mails, or homemade videos. They can also simply enjoy the show.
Viewers can contribute and they can send in photos, e-mails, or homemade videos, and they can simply enjoy the show.
Short Answer Writing Assignment
Why is APTN likely to be a popular TV network with Aboriginal people? Write two paragraphs Using information from the article to provide evidence to support your opinion. Remember P.E.E. format.

Neeblin is pitching an idea for a new reality TV show to APTN, about surviving in bad weather. She needs your feedback. In her first planned episode, four people and their pilot travelling to a northern First Nations community are stranded when the engine of their single propeller plane cuts out. Use the Line Master 4-12 for a Plane Crash Survival to do this activity.
Steps for Activity:

1. Read the background story that Neeblan has written.
2. Form pairs. Each pair member will play the role of one of the plane crash survivors. As a group, consider two possible survival strategies:
strategy 1: Walk to the nearest community
Strategy 2: Build a shelter and two fires. One fire is for warmth; a second I to signal for help.

3. Work together and create a plan for each strategy. How would you do it? What supplies would you use.
List the pros and cons for each strategy, thinking about the winter conditions and the personal abilities of each survivor. As a group, come to a consensus about which strategy you will use. Each person in the group must agree on the same strategy. Change your plans as much as needed to make sure you both agree.

4. Each pair will write out their plan and submit it with their working notes.