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April 3, 2007 – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) wishes to recognize and congratulate APTN Northern Camera Operator Luke Smith on being named the 2007 recipient of the Stan Clinton Award for News Essay and Cinematography.
Smith, a Métis camera editor/operator at the APTN Whitehorse Bureau, had recently been nominated and identified as one of three national finalists for the award by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. Smith was recognized for his spectacular filming of the Porcupine caribou herd and the people who rely on it. It is the first time anyone outside the big three networks (CBC, CTV, Global TV) has received this honour.“On behalf of the APTN Board of Directors, management and staff at APTN, I would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Luke on receiving this coveted award,” says Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “We have long known the talent and expertise that our staff brings to our network, so it is particularly satisfying that Luke’s contributions have been recognized on such a grand scale.”
The four minute news essay, titled Caribou Matter, features the herd as it migrates past the arctic village of Old Crow (Yukon) and the Vuntut Gwich’in people during the harvest. The piece demonstrates how relationships amongst this indigenous group depend upon and are defined by the caribou. It was written by APTN’s Whitehorse Correspondent, Roxanne Livingstone, and produced by Janet Leader, APTN’s Northern Producer.
Smith received his award during a ceremony at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto last week.
September 1, 2006 marked the seven-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. 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. To learn more about APTN or for scheduling information, please visit the website at www.aptn.ca.
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