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 people have the opportunity to share their stories with the rest of the world on a national television network dedicated to Aboriginal programming. Through its News and Programming, APTN offers all Canadians a window into the remarkably diverse worlds of Indigenous peoples in Canada and throughout the world.
APTN is 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. The network launched its high definition channel APTNHD 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.
APTN Programming Mission
APTN strives to be domestically and internationally recognized as the leading source for distinctively Aboriginal audio-visual content produced by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples.
The APTN Programming department develops, commissions and acquires distinctive Aboriginal content which reflects our pride and heritage. APTN is committed to enabling Aboriginal people to share their stories and convey them to a domestic and international audience.