• NOT A GAME

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    (2007, 11 minutes)
    NOT A GAME lays out the harsh reality of crystal meth, the most addictive drug used by kids today. This documentary targets elementary and intermediate students and up. It is designed as a warning that this drug is not a game and emphasizes the danger of using it even once.
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  • Once Were Enemies

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    (2013, 55 minutes)
    Survivors from the opposite sides of the Second World War revisit the site of a pitched battle fought in September 1944 at Peleliu, east of the Philippines and north of New Guinea. As Americans approached from the sea, Japanese soldiers lay in wait in caves and the jungle makin...

  • Gender Blender

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    (2012, 26 minutes)
    In this youth-driven documentary, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at a high school in the town of Hope, British Columbia explore issues they face at their high school. The film project created a dialogue among students and the community as a step toward elimina...

  • The Spirit of Port Moody

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    (2021, 63 minutes)
    When we first meet Dr. Mary Anne Cooper she is 104 and her hometown of Port Moody, BC is the same age. The Spirit of Port Moody tells the city’s story in tandem with a recounting of Mary Anne’s eventful life. This thoughtfully crafted documentary follows Port Moody as it grows ...

  • Edna's Bloodline

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    (2017, 59 minutes)
    Edna Elias, the former Commissioner of Nunavut Canada, received an email from Fredrik Norberg, a distant relative in Sweden. He wanted to learn more about Petter Norberg, Edna's great grandfather who had left Sweden in the late 1800's and then settled in Canada's far North. Aft...

  • Canyon War: The Untold Story

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    (2009, 46 minutes)
    Canyon War covers the tumultuous events of 1858 in British Columbia-events which led to a little-known war that could have escalated, had it not been for the persuasive diplomacy of Chief Spintlum of the Nlaka'pamux First Nation. 2008 marked the 150th anniversary of the Fraser ...

  • aftermeth: a family story

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    (2012, 51 minutes)
    aftermeth: a family story follows the roller coaster ride of one family as it battles with drug addiction and codependency. The family is one of three featured in the 2005 documentary Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear. At that time, Michelle, a registered nurse, and her three childre...

  • Cry Rock
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    Cry Rock

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    (2010, 29 minutes)
    Less than fifteen Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers remain in Bella Coola, British Columbia. One of these elders is the filmmaker’s 80 year-old grandmother. In a technologically obsessed century, it would seem easier to record Nuxalk stories for future generations, but ...

  • SuperKids 2

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    (2019, 93 minutes)
    In 2004, a small group of elementary students were identified as gifted, and the filmmakers documented their search for the right high school. Ten years later, those filmmakers went back to find them and ask … “Are they still gifted?”

    SUPERKIDS 2 is a feature-length document...

  • C'est Moi
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    C'est Moi

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    (2016, 8 minutes)
    On June 17th 1734, Marie Josèphe-Angélique, a black slave was tried, tortured and executed for allegedly burning down the city of Montréal. Some say she was a scapegoat and racially discriminated for a crime she did not commit; while others hold her up as a symbol of rebellion a...

  • Fractured Land

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    (2015, 75 minutes)
    "Deep down we're all fractured", an oil and gas representative tells young Aboriginal leader and lawyer Caleb Behn. Behn knows that feeling all too well, as he struggles with the role he'll play in protecting his traditional territory under Treaty 8 in northern British Columbia...

  • Lii Michif Niiyanaan: We are Métis

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    (2023, 60 minutes)
    The Métis are often referred to as Canada’s “invisible people” – the “ghosts of the land” – whose stories haunt the country’s collective unconscious. Lii Michif Niiyanaan: We Are Métis is a one-hour documentary that addresses this invisibility by shining a new light on the his...

  • The Ice Walk

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    (2021, 76 minutes)
    The Ice Walk exposes the little told story of the treacherous journey that the Mi’kmaq people had to take across the ice from mainland Prince Edward Island, Canada to Lennox Island First Nation reserve where they had been forced to settle. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that a brid...

  • Bihttoš
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    Bihttoš

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    (2014, 14 minutes)
    Bihttoš is an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments and family photos, Writer/Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers delves into the dissolution of her parents' mythic love story and how past ...

  • Bridging the Gap

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    (2023, 24 minutes)
    The current unsettled global political climate around immigration has resulted in an unprecedented number of newcomers seeking asylum, with nearly half of these newcomers being school-aged children. Host countries have become responsible for providing educational programming, a...

  • Crystal Fear, Crystal Clear

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    (2005, 45 minutes)

    Crystal meth has become the drug of choice with teenagers in small towns across North America. It's cheap and easy to get, but also highly addictive and can cause permanent brain damage. Working in her home community of Hope, British Columbia, filmmaker Eva Wunderman documents...

  • Where Strangers Become Neighbours

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    (2007, 50 minutes)
    Migration is one of the greatest forces (re)shaping cities in the 21st century. This is a story of two decades of transformation in one neighbourhood in Vancouver, Canada, where hostility and fear were replaced by an intercultural community; where people of all backgrounds cont...

  • Labyrinth
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    Labyrinth

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    (1978, 3 minutes)
    Strolling with his master through a constantly shifting landscape of corridors and stairs, a beret capped canine discusses life, philosophy and his master.

    Director: Shelley McIntosh
    Producer: Shelley McIntosh

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  • Dream Geometry

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    (1996, 4.5 minutes)
    How is proof constructed and just what exactly is it anyway? With quirky characters who exhort, muse and deliberate, animator Shelley McIntosh takes a whimsical look at the search for proof. Intuition and rationality are explored in this entertaining film which encourages the ...

  • Mixed Up
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    Mixed Up

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    (2020, 76 minutes)
    Part testimonial/part confessional. What are the lines between the facts of who I am and the fiction of what I can become? Mixed↑ is a reclaimed book of genesis: a manifesto that collides the wildly diverse elements of being queer, mixed and different in a world socialized arou...

  • Emergence: Out of the Shadows

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    (2021, 80 minutes)
    For Kayden, Jag, and Amar, awakening to and expressing their sexuality within conservative South Asian families was a lonely and terrifying experience. Denial, shame and despair haunted their youths, even threatening their lives. Yet, they’ve emerged. In the gripping feature do...

  • The World Is Bright

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    (2019, 116 minutes)
    When an only child dies mysteriously abroad, his parents leave Beijing to find out why. Answers don't come easily in a 10-year journey that exposes flawed immigration policies, a systemic stigma of mental illness, and a Kafkaesque state bureaucracy at the heart of global migra...

  • Finding Our Way

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    (2010, 90 minutes)
    Three 30-minute films, made in partnership with two First Nations bands in north central British Columbia --Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation (Burns Lake Band) and Cheslatta Carrier Nation--describe conflict over land and sovereignty and ask if there is a way forward.

    This is a story...

  • In the Footsteps of Michelangelo

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    (2006, 55 minutes)
    Westminster Abbey is a Benedictine monastery east of Vancouver. Like many monasteries, its walls are adorned with religious art. Reproductions of Fra Lippa, Piero della Francesca and other Renaissance artists are prominently displayed. But there's something different about this...

  • Paris Stories: The Writing of Mavis Gallant

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    (2006, 48 minutes)
    This documentary explores the force of fiction of the Paris-based short story master, Mavis Gallant, considered by both critics and her literary peers to be one of the most "talented women writing in the English language." Many of her works were published in the New Yorker maga...

  • Lichen
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    Lichen

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    (2019, 11 minutes)
    This stunning otherworldly short film takes a deep dive into lichen, a species that confounds scientists to this day. Shot in macro 3D, Lichen offers us a look at this remarkable life form and asks what we might learn from it. Ancient and diverse, both an individual and a commu...

  • How A People Live

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    (2013, 59 minutes)
    The Gwa'sala and the 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations people lived as two distinct groups along Canada's northwest coast. In 1964, for ease of administration, the Canadian Government forcibly relocated them from their traditional territories along Queen Charlotte Strait--Smith Inlet,...

  • ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe

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    (2021, 10 minutes)
    At the end of the road at a carving shed at načiqs (Nachaks: which means “look out over the ocean”) master carver Joe Martin carves through the layers of a 500 year old red cedar tree. Paddling past the village where Joe grew up, Joe reflects on the knowledge and wealth of his ...

  • The Least We Can Do

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    (2020, 52 minutes)
    The Least We Can Do tells the story of Canada's response to the Yazidi genocide, the decision to bring Yazidi women and girl survivors to Canada as refugees, and the failure to provide them with promised trauma care.

    On August 3, 2014, ISIS extremists began a campaign of genoc...

  • SOLASTALGIA

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    (2019, 13 minutes)
    SOLASTALGIA is a lyrical film that explores the anguish that climate change and a global state of uncertainty can impart upon the human psyche.

    Ava, a mother of two young children, is bombarded throughout her day with news of global disasters. Over the airwaves, on the interne...

  • Rocky and Joan

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    (2021, 27 minutes)
    This films explores an unknown part of the Canadian history. It takes place in Nova Scotia, where a man and a woman of African descent, Rocky and Joan Jones, started the Civil Rights Movement and the Black United Front. They were the Black Panthers of Nova Scotia fighting again...

  • Grandmothers

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    (2021, 13 minutes)
    Grandmothers explores the worlds of three women who have reached a formidable age. It gently seeks universal wisdom through their specific tales of hardship and humour. In response to these stories, three young artists (a dancer, a musician and an animator) weave their work thr...

  • All Our Father's Relations

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    (2016, 56 minutes)
    All Our Father's Relations tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father's roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam ...

  • HOLODOMOR - Voices of Survivors

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    (2015, 30 minutes)
    Twenty-five Ukrainian Canadians tell their stories of survival during the Holodomor--death inflicted by starvation--a genocide of Ukrainian people engineered by Joseph Stalin during 1932 and 1933. Stalin was determined to suppress Ukrainian nationhood once and for all through t...

  • Lida Moser Photographer: Odyssey in Black and ...

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    (2017, 26 minutes)
    Lida Moser (1920-2014), a New York photographer on assignment for Vogue magazine, travelled throughout Québec in 1950 in the company of Paul Gouin (Cultural Advisor to the Premier) and ethnologist Luc Lacoursière. It was a road trip that she never forgot. Moser created over 1,0...

  • Moon Water

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    (2017, 90 minutes)
    British Columbia has the dubious distinction of accounting for 28% of the missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. For its population size, this puts it far ahead of the more heavily populated provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Vancouver, one of the most livable cities in...

  • Near to Nature's Heart: Women of Waskesiu

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    (2001, 51 minutes)
    Near to Nature's Heart: Women of Waskesiu explores the diverse lives of eight First Nations, Métis and Euro-Canadian women who made their homes in Prince Albert National Park. Elder Agnes Dreaver guided her family to create an alcohol and drug-free traditional community. Victor...

  • Lost Years: How Canada extracts the lives of ...

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    (2020, 9 minutes)
    Lost Years: How Canada extracts the lives of migrant farm workers looks into the conditions of Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers program through personal accounts of Mexican migrant farm workers in British Columbia.

    Directors: Jesse Hart, Gabriel Olivella
    Producer: Fuerza Mi...

  • Glowing in the Dark

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    (1997, 48 minutes)
    Glowing in the Dark captures the energy and vitality of neon--one of the oldest and most effective forms of advertising. Neon was first patented in 1923 by George Claude, a Parisian who sold over 9 million dollars in territorial licenses in the following six years. The glow of ...

  • SAMAQAN: Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2

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    “Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 52 (2015, 22 minutes)

    Human hunger for energy is insatiable and the exploration for shale gas is causing up a stir among environmentally aware social groups. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting shale gas ...

  • SAMAQAN: Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1

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    “Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 51 (2015, 22 minutes)

    Human hunger for energy is insatiable and the exploration for shale gas is causing up a stir among environmentally aware social groups. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting shale gas ...

  • SAMAQAN: Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe

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    “Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 50

    On August 4, 2014, ironically known as British Columbia Day, the Imperial Mines tailings pond dam in the north central British Columbia collapsed releasing 10 million gallons of toxic chemicals into a pristine wilderness. For thre...

  • SAMAQAN: Gulf Shrimp: 4 Years and Counting

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    “Gulf Shrimp: 4 Years and Counting” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 49

    The beauty of a documentary series is that you can assess the impact of occurrences over a period of time. The effects of natural disasters in oceanic waters can be deadly for natural habitat and such was the case in the infamous oi...

  • SAMAQAN: The Elwha River: Taking Down the Dams

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    “The Elwha River: Taking Down the Dams” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 48

    The removal of the Glines Canyon Dam and the Elwha Dam, a smaller downstream dam, began in late 2011. Three years later, salmon are migrating past the former dam sites, trees and shrubs are sprouting in the drained reservoir bed...

  • SAMAQAN: Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 2

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    “Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 47

    The First Nations people of the west coast of British Columbia have been fishing pacific herring for centuries. Is this fishery dying out like other forms of fishery? We visit the community of Bella Bella where in 1996 the First Na...

  • SAMAQAN: Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1

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    “Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 46

    The First Nations people of the west coast of British Columbia have been fishing pacific herring for centuries. Is this fishery dying out like other forms of fishery? In the community of Bella Bella, the First Nations right to harv...

  • SAMAQAN: Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus?

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    “Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 45

    In 2002 Dr. Dolly Garza, a professor at the University of Alaska, took early retirement and went to live on Haida Gwaii. Originally Haida from Alaska, she married a future hereditary chief of the Haida nation. Dolly continues the val...

  • SAMAQAN: The Sustainable Harvest

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    “The Sustainable Harvest” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 44

    Salmon, halibut, lingcod, rockfishes, clams, abalone, urchins, prawn, crabs, shrimps, scallops, octopus, mussel, barnacles, seaweed and sea asparagus. These are some of the fish, shellfish, microalgae and marine plants that form aspects of a ...

  • SAMAQAN: Water Is Taonga: Aotearoa

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    “Water Is Taonga: Aotearoa?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 43

    This fourth part of “Water Is Taonga”, visits the University of Waikato to learn more about terms used in the Treaty of Waitangi as they pertain to Maori Water rights. From north to south there are 107 hot pools used both for recreational ...

  • SAMAQAN: Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 2

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    “Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 2?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 42

    Other explorations at restoring river systems can be found in the question: how do people mitigate the damage caused by dams and de-forestation? A large question to be sure, but some insight can be gained by watching what Kaitiaki'...

  • SAMAQAN: Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 1

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    “Water Is Taonga: Kaitiaki, Part 1?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 41

    This second program of “Water Is Taonga” illustrates the depth of belief in water as a precious cultural treasure (taonga). As guardians (kaitiaki) of a waterway in Hawks Bay, the McGuire family, members of the Pahutiki Marae, stru...

  • SAMAQAN: Water Is Taonga: Water As Taonga?

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    “Water Is Taonga: Water As Taonga?” SAMAQAN Season 4 Episode 40

    Marianne Jones and Jeff Bear travel from Canada's west coast to New Zealand where they meet with Maori leaders. The Maori explain the sacred relationship they have with water. Their migration to New Zealand in the 13th century preda...

  • SAMAQAN: Drinking from my Mother's Well (Woolasto…

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    “Drinking from my Mother's Well (Woolastook)” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 39

    In English and Maliseet with English subtitles, Maliseet storyteller Jeff Bear returns to his traditional territory at Negootkoog, which is situated at the confluence of the Woolastook and Tobique Rivers. The Woolastook is...

  • SAMAQAN: Every Year the Salmon Come Back

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    “Every Year the Salmon Come Back” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 38

    Salmon were one of the most prolific species of fish in the ocean, common in all waters surrounding North America and as far south as New Zealand. Stocks have declined on the west coast and in Atlantic Canada, wild salmon are no longe...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and P...

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 6: Landings and Protocol” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 37

    Three years' planning for the 2012 Tribal Journey brought 97 canoes to land at Squaxin on July 29th. A delegate from each of the canoes, some of them very young, introduced their canoe family in both English and their tr...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village We...

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 36

    After a day's paddling, canoe families need to come ashore to rest and rejuvenate. “The Village Welcome” shows welcoming ceremonies at several landings. For the 14 canoes that left Beecher Bay on southern Vancouver Island ...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maori Waka, Du...

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 35

    The 2012 Tribal Journey brought together the continents and some of the best canoe builders in the world. The west coast paddlers welcomed an eastern Woodlands birch bark canoe and Anishinaabe paddlers ...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 3: Kwumut Lelum

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 3: Kwumut Lelum” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 34

    What began with the Heiltsuk First Nation's building of a canoe, the first in over 150 years, and paddling it to Vancouver for EXPO '86 has become a movement reviving the ocean-going canoe tradition on the West Coast. In 1993, th...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 2: Nala Winds

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 2: Nala Winds” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 33

    What began with the Heiltsuk First Nation's building of a canoe, the first in over 150 years, and paddling it to Vancouver for EXPO '86 has become a movement reviving the ocean-going canoe tradition on the West Coast. In 1993, the ...

  • SAMAQAN: Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin

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    “Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 32

    What began with the Heiltsuk First Nation's building of a canoe, the first in over 150 years, and paddling it to Vancouver for EXPO '86 has become a movement reviving the ocean-going canoe tradition on the West Coast. In 199...

  • SAMAQAN: Kahnawake Waters, Part 2

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    “Kahnawake Waters, Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 31

    The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, across from Montréal. It is here, along the river, that Mohawk people have lived for centuries. In the traditional language of the Mohawks, the wo...

  • SAMAQAN: Kahnawake Waters, Part 1

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    “Kahnawake Waters, Part 1” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 30

    The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Québec, across from Montréal. It is here, along the river, that Mohawk people have lived for centuries. This is the first of two programs on the Kahnawake...

  • SAMAQAN: Kitigan Zibi Waters

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    “Kitigan Zibi Waters” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 29

    Kitigan Zibi, formerly known as Maniwaki, Québec is at the confluence of the Gatineau and Ottawa Rivers. Surrounded by rivers and lakes, it's the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg and Algonquin people. And it's here that residents face cha...

  • SAMAQAN: Without Running Water Part 2

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    “Without Running Water Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 28

    First Nations residents in the Island Lake region of east central Manitoba long for a clean supply of running water and sanitation that most Canadians take for granted. They discuss the huge efforts that life without running water create...

  • SAMAQAN: Without Running Water Part 1

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    “Without Running Water Part 1” SAMAQAN Season 3 Episode 27

    Running water is taken for granted in Canada, yet Oji-Cree people in over 1400 homes 600 km north of Winnipeg live without it. Situated on Island Lake, the sixth largest lake in Manitoba, the absence of running water denies them fire pro...

  • SAMAQAN: Ooligan

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    “Ooligan” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 21

    In British Columbia, water has always provided an essential source of food for Indigenous people. “Ooligan” is a tiny fish also known as eulachon or candlefish. A traditional and staple source of food for Northwest Coast First Nations, this tiny fish is now ...

  • SAMAQAN: Wild Rice

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    “Wild Rice” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 20

    Water occupies a central role in culture and spirituality. For some Indigenous people in northern Saskatchewan, it also plays a central role in their economy. In the 1920's, wild rice was brought to the northern plains of Saskatchewan. Indigenous people we...

  • SAMAQAN: The Gulf Story, Part 3

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    “The Gulf Story, Part 3” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 19

    We visit the Houma First Nation in Louisiana and the city of New Orleans where a chef comments on the impact the oil continues to have on seafood, a traditional staple for people in the area. The people in the bayous of Louisiana are a unique ...

  • SAMAQAN: The Gulf Story, Part 2

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    “The Gulf Story, Part 2” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 18

    Derek Billiot is a Houma Native American and self-described swamp man who grew up on these waters and knows them like the back of his hand. During the first few days of the BP oil disaster in April 2010, he stood by, listened and watched daily...

  • SAMAQAN: The Gulf Story, Part 1

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    “The Gulf Story, Part 1” SAMAQAN: Water Stories, Season 2 Episode 17

    A look at what happened on that day of April 20, 2010 with the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. How did it affect the fishing industry and who has suffered the most? This in-depth view of the oil spill's impact on Native ...

  • SAMAQAN: Letter from Athabasca

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    “Letter from Athabasca” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 16

    A visit to Fort McKay illustrates the astonishing effects from exploitation of one of the biggest deposits of oil in the world, the Tar Sands of northern Alberta. Mike and Marlene Orr of the Fort McKay First Nation explain the many changes: the...

  • SAMAQAN: Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers

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    “Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 15

    The GitGa'at people of Old Town have carefully managed the riches of shellfish in Hartley Bay. The possibility of 500 passes per day from super tankers through these narrow passages poses a huge risk to these resources. It would a...

  • SAMAQAN: Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle…

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    “Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Enbridge Northern Gateway” SAMAQAN Season 2 Episode 14

    A visit to the villages of Old Town Kitimaat and Q'ell introduces a Band of Tsimshian First Nations people who are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art ...

  • SAMAQAN: Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish...

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    “Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish Lake, Parts 1 & 2” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 12 & 13

    “Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish Lake (Part 1)” visits one of the last great water systems of the Chilcotin plateau, now threatened by gold and copper mining operations that will destroy the fish p...

  • SAMAQAN: Fraser River, Parts 1 & 2

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    “Fraser River, Parts 1 & 2” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 10 & 11

    “Fraser River” (Part 1) travels down the longest river in British Columbia, a river that has become a major economic corridor and is shared by a half dozen First Nations. Sto:Lo Chiefs and a Musqueam Elder share their special relations...

  • SAMAQAN: Sacred Head Waters: Loveman Nole

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    “Sacred Head Waters: Loveman Nole” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 9

    “Sacred Head Waters: Loveman Nole” visits a vast territory in northern British Columbia where a watershed is now threatened by an open pit mining operation. Tahltan Elder Loveman Nole passes on his knowledge of the region as a hunter,...

  • SAMAQAN: Posonut: The Maliseet Basket

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    “Posonut: The Maliseet Basket” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 8

    “Posonut: The Maliseet Basket” visits the northern reaches of New Brunswick's Tobique River, where the Bear clan of the Maliseet people have harvested ash and made baskets for countless generations. We travel by canoe in search of the bla...

  • SAMAQAN: Akwesasne, Parts 1 & 2

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    “Akwesasne” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 6 & 7

    “Akwesasne” (Part 1) goes to the Mohawk enclave of Akwesasne, Ontario, to hear stories of survival of the industrial assault from chemical, aluminum and shipping factories that created one of the most polluted First Nations communities of the world. “A...

  • SAMAQAN: Haida Gwaii

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    “Haida Gwaii” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 5

    “Haida Gwaii” goes to the northern archipelago on Canada's West Coast where ecology, economy, culture and traditional knowledge all hold value. Subsistence harvesters, biologists and artists talk about the strategy of marine protection and the link betwee...

  • SAMAQAN: Remembering Celilo Falls, Parts 1 & 2

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    “Remembering Celilo Falls, Parts 1 & 2” SAMAQAN Season 1 Episode 3 & 4

    “Remembering Celilo Falls” (Part 1) shows how the Dalles Dam drowned the Celilo Falls on the lower Columbia River, affecting the Nez Percé and Klickitat people and the salmon migration. “Remembering Celilo Falls” (Part 2) sho...

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    “Where to Next?” 80:20: The Developing World: Episode 5

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    “The Indigenous Voice, Part 3” Series 3 Episode 39

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    “Barry Barclay 1944-2008: A Requiem Parts 1 & 2” Series 3 Episode 37 & 38

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    “Zoe Hopkins” Series 3 Episode 35

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    “Jesse Green” Series 3 Episode 34

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    “Danis Goulet” Series 3 Episode 33

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    “Thirza Cuthand” Series 3 Episode 32

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    “Joseph Lazare” Series 3 Episode 31

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    “Gail Maurice” Series 3 Episode 30

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    “Tracey Deer” Series 3 Episode 29

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    “Dennis Jackson & Melanie Jackson” Series 3 Episode 28

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    “imagineNATIVE” Series 3 Episode 27

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    “The Indigenous Voice, Part 2” Series 2 Episode 26

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    “Bak Wo Son (Reflections): Jeff Bear, Parts 1 & 2” Series 2 Episode 24 & 25

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    “Starting Out: Lisa Jackson” Series 2 Episode 23

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    “Modern Indigenous Aboriginal Native Indian Type Dude: Jordan Wheeler” Series 2 Episode 22

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    “The Entrepreneur: Brenda Chambers” Series 2 Episode 21

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    “It's a Spiritual Thing: Rodger Ross” Series 2 Episode 20

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    “Haisla Anchor: Carla Robinson” Series 2 Episode 18

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    “From the Trapline: Shirley Cheechoo” Series 2 Episode 17

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    “Mi'kmaq Storyteller: Catherine Martin” Series 2 Episode 15

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    “The Intrepid Native Reporter: Duncan McCue” Series 2 Episode 14

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    “The Maori Voice, Parts 1 & 2” Series 1 Episode 12 & 13

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    “Lights, Camera and Action: Tantoo Cardinal” Series 1 Episode 11

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    “From the Edge: Gil Cardinal” Series 1 Episode 9

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    “Mr. Tapwe: Doug Cuthand” Series 1 Episode 8

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    “Out of the Shadow: Christine Welsh” Series 1 Episode 2

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    “The Indigenous Voice, Part 1” Series 1 Episode 1

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    “Finale: Defining Haida Art” Series 2 Episode 11

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    “GiiahlGalang: The State of the Haida Language” Series 2 Episode 10

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    “Ravens and Eagles, The New Collectors: Repatriation, Part 2” Series 2 Episode 9

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    “The New Collectors: Repatriation, Part 1” Series 2 Episode 8

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    “NaXine Weaver” Series 2 Episode 5

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    “Haida Jewelers” Series 2 Episode 4

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    “In Our Blood” Series 2 Episode 3

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    “On the Trail of Property Woman” Series 2 Episode 2

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    “Stone Carver” Series 2 Episode 1

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    “Ravens and Eagles, Robert Davidson: Eagle of the Dawn, Part 1 & 2” Series 1 Episode 10 & 11

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    “Paradox of Attribution” Series 1 Episode 13

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    “Yahgu dang ang: To Pay Respect” Series 1 Episode 12

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    “Chiefly Possessions” Series 1 Episode 9

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    “Journey of Song” Series 1 Episode 8

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    “Portrait of a Mask Maker: Reg Davidson” Series 1 Episode 7

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    “The New Masters” Series 1 Episode 6

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    “Carrying on the Tradition” Series 1 Episode 5

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    “Argillite Carver: Christian White” Series 1 Episode 4

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    “Cedar Bark Weaver: Victoria Moody” Series 1 Episode 3

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    “Spruce Root Weaver: Isabel Rorick” Series 1 Episode 2

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    “What is Haida Art?” Series 1 Episode 1

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    “Canoeing in the City” Season 3 Episode 4

    Slap on some sunscreen and grab a life jacket – we’re going canoeing in the city with Kai, Kayla, Auntie Josephine and the wonderful people at Takaya Tours from Tsleil-Waututh First Nation! Discover words for canoeing, see how canoes are made, and sing a...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Sports

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    “Sports” Season 3 Episode 3

    Have you stretched? Good, because there’s lots of running and playing as Kai and Kayla discover Cree words for sports. They skateboard, climb, and try to score against a top Aboriginal soccer player, Curtis Thomas. There’s even more fun when Jason Burnstick sings a li...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Storytelling

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    “Storytelling” Season 3 Episode 2

    Stories play an important role in Cree culture and Kai and Kayla are ready to learn the words for storytelling. They share their own stories, join their many friends and elders in a storytelling circle and visit Nerd Corps to find out about animation – another f...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Review

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    "Review" Season 3 Episode 1

    Welcome to year three of Tansi! Nehiyawetan! Kai, Kayla, and Auntie Josephine hope you remember your words from last season. Don’t worry if you are a little rusty, because our games, adventures and sing-alongs will help you remember and get ready for the new season of...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Feast

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    "Feast" Season 2 Episode 6

    Let’s eat, feast, and give thanks with Josephine, Kai, and Kayla, as they celebrate the end of another great year! All are welcomed in the feast at the Kla-how-eya Centre in Surrey, BC, filled with laughing and singing with the Children of the Rainbow. Guest Art Napole...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Weather

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    "Weather" Season 2 Episode 5

    It is sunny, it is windy, it is rainy, it is snowy. Josephine and guest performer, Skeena Reece, teach Kai and Kayla the Cree words for various weather. And they go to Science World to see how weather can help make energy. This episode is sure to bring sunshine to yo...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Clothing

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    "Clothing" Season 2 Episode 4

    You are cordially invited to Kai and Kayla’s dress up party! They are on a costume adventure with their Auntie Josephine, as they learn the Cree words for the clothes they wear, and play an exciting game with funny clothes. Musical guest, Joseph Naytowhow is schedul...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Seasons

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    "Seasons" Season 2 Episode 3

    The harvest is here, and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of a new season – and the perfect time to learn about the four seasons of the year! We are welcome at the Aboriginal Garden at the University of British Columbia, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders an...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Colours

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    "Colours" Season 2 Episode 2

    The world is a colourful place, and Kai and Kayla are learning about the four colours of the medicine wheel – white, yellow, black, and red – with their Auntie Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about m...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: In the Garden

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    "In the Garden" Season 2 Episode 1

    Tansi! Kai and Auntie Josephine are back, and joined by new student, Kayla, for another fun year of Cree. What better way to start the new year than “In the Garden”, learning about all the things that grow right in their own backyard! Guest Jason Burnstick join...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Fun

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    "Fun" Season 1 Episode 6

    Musical guest Jason Burnstick joins Grace, Kai, and Kiyano on a journey to Jericho Beach in Vancouver to have a picnic, play some games and enjoy berry picking. In other words, they're out to have “fun”!! Kai shares a story about how much he likes to climb... even wall-c...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Animals

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    "Animals" Season 1 Episode 5

    Grace, Kai, Kiyano and their teacher Josephine are off to Stanley Park in search of different animals and practice the Cree words for their various furry friends. Kai shares a story about his Atim (“dog” in Cree), and Cheryl L'Hirondelle drums and sings about animals...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Family

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    "Family" Season 1 Episode 4

    Grace, Kai, and Kiyano learn family titles in Cree, and fun ensues as they play charades, trying to guess who Josephine is pretending to be. Cheryl L'Hirondelle appears as a musical guest, and Grace shares a story about her family.

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  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Action

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    “Action” Season 1 Episode 3

    Grace, Kai, and Kiyano get the chance to exercise their bodies and their Cree with action words for running, dancing, jumping and stopping. Musical guest Sandy Scofield joins in on the fun while Grace shares a story about how much she likes to dance.

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  • From the Spirit: April Mercredi

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    “April Mercredi” Episode 16 (2007, 24 minutes)

    Born to a Chinese father and a Cree-French mother in Alberta, April Mercredi grew up at Rocky Mountain House. She began painting in her 60s and uses natural elements like feathers, rocks and sticks in her artwork, while drawing on Aboriginal imager...

  • From the Spirit: Sean Couchie

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    “Sean Couchie” Episode 15 (2007, 24 minutes)

    This member of the Nipissing Band of Ojibways makes his home in London, Ontario. Sean Couchie is a graduate of Fanshawe College and considers winning the Peace Hills Trust Native Art Contest in 1992, 1996 and again in 2005 as one of the major contrib...

  • From the Spirit: Tim Paul

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    “Tim Paul” Episode 14 (2007, 24 minutes)

    Tim Paul is from Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino, British Columbia. He began carving in 1975 at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria, under the direction of Ben Andrews. From 1984 to 1992, Tim was Senior Carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum ...

  • From the Spirit: Dale Auger

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    “Dale Auger” Episode 13 (2005, 24 minutes)

    A Sakaw Cree from Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta, Dale Auger spent seven years at the University of Calgary, completing a B.Ed., an MA and a Ph.D. in Education. He became a highly acclaimed painter as well as a renowned comedian and motivatio...

  • From the Spirit: Terry McCue

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    “Terry McCue” Episode 12 (2005, 24 minutes)

    Terry McCue was born at the Curve Lake First Nation north of Peterborough, Ontario. As a youth, this self-taught Ojibway painter watched and learned from his cousin Arthur Schilling. Terry talks about his struggle with alcohol, his lack of formal trai...

  • From the Spirit: Fred McDonald

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    “Fred McDonald” Episode 11 (2005, 24 minutes)

    This Woodland Cree from Fort McMurray in northern Alberta hunted and trapped with his family along the Athabasca River as a child. Fred McDonald attended the University of Calgary, completing a BFA in 1995 and an MFA in 2002. His work is a mixture o...

  • From the Spirit: Daniel Crane

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    “Daniel Crane” Episode 10 (2005, 24 minutes)

    Daniel Crane is from the Tsuu T'ina Nation near Calgary, Alberta. He is an entertainer, artist and musician who has struggled with substance abuse but, through the flute, has found his spiritual voice.

    This 26-part series of half-hour documentaries ...

  • From the Spirit: John Farcy

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    “John Farcy” Episode 9 (2005, 24 minutes)

    John Farcy is a Dene artist who lives in Fort Providence on the MacKenzie River, Northwest Territories. Although he studied art for two years in Victoria, he's primarily a self-taught artist. John works in ink in a style known as pointillism. He frequen...

  • From the Spirit: Rocky Barstad

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    “Rocky Barstad” Episode 8 (2005, 24 minutes)

    From T'suu T'ina heritage, Rocky owns the Two Feathers Gallery in High River, Alberta. He has studied and traveled throughout Arizona and promoted Aboriginal Art and the importance of keeping it authentic in Europe. His paintings and bronze statues h...

  • From the Spirit: Jane Ash Poitras

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    “Jane Ash Poitras” Episode 7 (2005, 24 minutes)

    Jane Ash Poitras was born in Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta. She completed a degree in microbiology and didn't really connect with her native heritage or art until she was 30. She has a BFA in print and design from Yale University and an MFA a...

  • From the Spirit: Eli Nasogaluak

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    “Eli Nasogaluak” Episode 6 (2005, 24 minutes)

    Eli Nasogaluak is an Inuvialuit from Tuktoyaktuk in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories. He creates beautiful sculptures depicting a variety of traditional and contemporary images, and his work reflects the animals and spirits of the nort...

  • From the Spirit: Jim Hart

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    “Jim Hart” Episode 5 (2005, 24 minutes)

    A member of the Eagle clan from Old Massett in Haida Gwaii, Jim Hart is one of the Northwest Coast's most accomplished artists. He worked with Bill Reid from 1980 to 1984, carved several totem poles for private commissions and, as a hereditary Chief, is c...

  • Bowl of Bone : Tale of the Syuwe

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    An intriguing film that defies classification and combines biography, dreams, documentary, and journalistic narration, Bowl of Bone directed by Jan-Marie Martell in collaboration with Interior Salish (Nlaka'pamux) herbalist Annie Zetco York. The film was shot over a 15-year period in which the ex...

  • Homecoming Song

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    (2019, 20 minutes)
    Homecoming Song tells the story of the ancient song that Angela Sidney sang for her son Pete when he returned home after being away at war for six years. This poetic documentary combines historical footage, live action and animation to tell parallel stories from the Yukon about...

  • I See Stars

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    (2018, 10.5 minutes)
    A fluke brain injury begins a young woman's lifelong battle with pain, depression and medication. A moving personal narrative of young filmmaker Caid Dow's continuing struggle with the lingering effects of a concussion suffered at the age of 14, delivered in a poetic open-ver...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Numbers

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    “Numbers” Season 1 Episode 2

    Grace, Kai, Kiyano and their teacher Josephine are off to the farmers’ market to shop for fruit and test their new Cree counting words. At game time, they have fun seeing how many times they can hop on one foot, counting in Cree. Then, Ray Thunderchild rallies them f...

  • Nehiyawetan | Let's Speak Cree: Greetings

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    “Greetings” Season 1 Episode 1

    Join Grace, Kai and Kiyano as their teacher Josephine teaches them Cree words for “hello”, “I am fine,” and “how are you” while musical guest Jason Burnstick shares a fun greeting song with them. Next is an exciting game of Go Go Stop – Cree style, before the child...

  • From the Spirit: Joane Cardinal-Schubert

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    “Joane Cardinal-Shubert” Episode 4 (2005, 24 minutes)

    A Blackfoot artist and visual storyteller, Joane Cardinal-Schubert lived and worked in Calgary until her untimely death in September 2009. Her multimedia works reflect a strong spirituality and have been described as visual stories of person...

  • From the Spirit: Archie Beaulieu

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    “Archie Beaulieu” Episode 3 (2005, 24 minutes)

    This Dogrib Dene from Fort Rae in the Northwest Territories is known for his bold and unique style of painting. Archie Beaulieu's art reflects his background of hunting, fishing and trapping and his connection to the land and its spirit.

    This 26-p...

  • From the Spirit: George Littlechild

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    “George Littlechild” Episode 2 (2005, 24 minutes)

    George Littlechild is a Plains Cree Métis artist who grew up in Alberta. His work in art began at age four, and an exceptional artistic talent provided refuge from racist taunts by fellow students or their parents. George Littlechild has an ext...

  • From the Spirit: Roy Henry Vickers

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    “Roy Henry Vickers” Episode 1 (2005, 24 minutes)

    As one of Canada's top artists from British Columbia, Roy Henry Vickers has established a loyal audience for his prints, paintings, carvings and designs. His distinctive art style has combined the traditional and contemporary, old and new, person...

  • From the Spirit: Aaron Paquette

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    “Aaron Paquette” Episode 26 (2007, 24 minutes)

    This young Edmontonian is an artist, educator and community builder. A descendant of the Cree, Cherokee and Norwegian people, Aaron Paquette uses distinct colour and clear forms in his work. In talking about his work, Aaron says, "When I began to w...

  • From the Spirit: James Wedzin

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    “James Wedzin” Episode 25 (2009, 24 minutes)

    James Wedzin is a Tlicho artist from Behchoko (Fort Rae), Northwest Territories, who praises his grandmother for inspiring and encouraging his early interest in traditional art. He watched her create intricate beadwork endlessly and developed his own...

  • From the Spirit: Lee Claremont

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    “Lee Claremont” Episode 24 (2009, 24 minutes)

    This First Nations artist and educator of Mohawk and Irish descent has taught at the En'owkin Centre, an internationally recognized Aboriginal Educational College located in Penticton, British Columbia. A member of the Iroquois Grand River Six Natio...

  • From the Spirit: Andy Everson

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    “Andy Everson” Episode 23 (2009, 24 minutes)

    Andy Everson was born in Comox, British Columbia. He has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K'omoks and Kwakwaka'waka First Nations. He began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age and has followed in the footsteps of his Kw...

  • From the Spirit: LauraLee K. Harris

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    “LauraLee K. Harris” Episode 22 (2009, 24 minutes)

    This artist from Mississauga, Ontario discovered that her "French" grandfather was also Sioux, Cree, Chipewyan, Ojibwe and Montagnais. LauraLee Harris has studied at the Ontario College of Art & Design and creates unique paintings on wood, util...

  • From the Spirit: Michael Massie

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    “Michael Massie” Episode 21 (2009, 24 minutes)

    Michael Massie was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and is an artist of Inuit, Métis and Scottish descent. He studied at the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and now lives in Kippens, N...

  • From the Spirit: Preston Singletary

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    “Preston Singletary” Episode 20 (2009, 24 minutes)

    The European glassblowing tradition merges with imagery from traditional Tlingit culture in the work of this Seattle artist whose work is in major art museums. Preston Singletary attended the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, where glass artist...

  • From the Spirit: Kevin Red Star

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    “Kevin Red Star” Episode 19 (2009, 24 minutes)

    Kevin Red Star was born in Lodge Grass, Montana, where he still lives and works. A member of the Crow Indian Nation, he is known for conjuring evocative images of his ancestors, their culture and history. His works are in collections of major Ameri...

  • From the Spirit: Abraham Anghik Ruben

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    “Abraham Anghik Ruben” Episode 18 (2007, 24 minutes)

    Abraham Anghik Ruben is an Inuvialuit artist from the Western Arctic. This contemporary sculptor was born in Paulatuk, Northwest Territories and studied at the Native Arts Centre of the University of Alaska. His carvings are deeply rooted in ...

  • From the Spirit: John Rombough

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    “John Rombough” Episode 17 (2007, 24 minutes)

    This Chipewyan Dene artist was born in Sioux Lookout, Ontario, and raised by adoptive parents on Prince Edward Island. As a young adult, John Rombough began to search for his birth parents. He discovered that his father, Alfred Catholique, was livin...