December 20, 2012

Winnipeg, Manitoba – APTN Investigates Executive Producer, Paul Barnsley and Senior Researcher Writer, Kathleen Martens have received the Amnesty Canada Media Award – category Online Presentations, for their story exposing a Calgary law firm who exploited vulnerable members of First Nations in their effort to obtain a settlement for residential school abuse.

The ten-part award-winning web story series uncovered and reported detailed information that led to a judgement against the lawyer involved. The ruling has yet to be announced.

“I’m so proud of APTN and thankful for the opportunities to report on stories that deeply impact our communities,” said Senior Researcher Writer Kathleen Martens. “I would like to thank the Elders and the residential school survivors who allowed me to spend time with them and ask difficult questions despite their horrific experiences.””

“We are delivering more stories that focus on sensitive Aboriginal issues and events that no other media is looking into,” said Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are making a difference for our communities in reporting our stories and the depth of our reports are being recognized, not only by our viewers but by national and international organizations.”

The Amnesty International Canada Media Awards honour the efforts of journalists to increase Canadians’ awareness and understanding of human rights issues. Now in its 18th year, these awards recognize the media’s efforts to bring awareness to international human rights issues that fall within the mission of Amnesty International.