Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has announced today its plans with CBC to co-broadcast, Taken, a documentary series to help solve the mysteries behind Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), produced by Lisa Meeches and Kyle Irving of Eagle Vision (Sharing Circle and We Were Children).
As the first Aboriginal broadcaster in the world and Canada’s only independent Aboriginal network, APTN recognizes the importance of portraying the realities of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
“Taken is a significant project that will make lasting, positive social impacts on the country by addressing and raising awareness in regard to the issue of MMIWG,” says Jean La Rose, APTN’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a cultural institution that bridges the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples, we endeavour to offer programming that brings overlooked issues to light.”
“As Canada’s public broadcaster, we want to bring the stories of MMIWG to a national audience,” says Jennifer Dettman, Executive Director Unscripted Content for CBC. “Through the combined strength of APTN and CBC, we hope to draw attention to as many of these unsolved cases as possible.”
Taken explores the search for answers and clues that link the stories of MMIWG. This project will focus on open cases with hopes of generating tips from Canadian viewers to solve these mysteries. Audiences will be introduced to women as individuals, as their chilling, heartbreaking stories are told by law enforcement, community leaders and the loved ones they’ve left behind.
APTN and CBC are presenting Taken in association with Eagle Vision, with the assistance of the Canada Media Fund and Manitoba Film and Music. APTN will broadcast this riveting documentary series in fall 2016. Taken will air on CBC TV in 2017.