First Story was a half-hour newsmagazine series, focusing on First Nation arts, political, social and culture issues. In addition to playing on CTV affiliates, the series was also seen on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN). The producers accurately described the series as “dedicated to telling the stories and sharing the diversity, creativity and strength of Canada’s First Nation people”.
Among those who hosted the show were Candis Callison, Tatiania Housty, Stephanie Mathias, and Carmen Moore. Key creative personnel on the series included Senior Producer Shirley McLean, producer Pieter Romer and videographer-producer Rob Smith.
This series debuted as a production of VTV Vancouver in 1997, and first appeared on CTV in the following year, on Sundays at 2:00pm, with local scheduling variations. The Network took over production in 2001.