In the Same Boat?

In the Same Boat?

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Will the family farm suffer the same fate as the Atlantic fishery?

Indian Food Fishing on the Fraser River

Indian Food Fishing on the Fraser River

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This 2014 digital release, created by Scott Renyard, pays tribute to the 1982 film by acclaimed BC cinematographer Dick Harvey (1930-2007).

Food fishing for sockeye salmon on the Fraser River has been practiced by British Columbia's first nations communities for thousands of years. With the world changing around them, both the fish and the people remain as close as ever. 

Kahnawake Waters, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Kahnawake Waters, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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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 First Nation, and it explores how the Mohawks' lives were seriously disrupted with the building of the St. Lawrence Seaway which cuts right through their territory.

Kanhnawake Waters, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Kanhnawake Waters, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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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 word "kahnawake" means "by the rapids," and the Mohawks of Kahnawake have always lived on the water. The Onake Paddling Club, founded in 1972, was an instant success and continues to flourish in this community. 

Kitigan Zibi Waters • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Kitigan Zibi Waters • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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Kitigan Zibi, formerly known as Maniwaki, Quebec 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 challenges from the presence of uranium and radium in their water. Health Canada's response to the testing was to issue a "No Water Consumption" order and institute a delivery program of water in heavy plastic carboys, a solution not entirely practical for everyone's needs.

Kla Ah Men: As Far Back as the Story Goes

Kla Ah Men: As Far Back as the Story Goes

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The Sliammon First Nation reflect on their history and the personal cost of the very lengthy treaty process in British Columbia.

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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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 from the depth of the earth.

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mother Frackers: The Uprising, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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Human hunger for energy is insatiable and the exploration for shale gas is causing up a stir among environmentally aware social groups. 

Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Mount Polley: Breach or Catastrophe • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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On August 4, ironically known as B.C. 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 in the province.

Natural Resonance

Natural Resonance

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Heading for an environmental train wreck, natural resources don’t stand a chance at the expense of the overwhelming industrial species.

Nature on its Course

Nature on its Course

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Nature on its Course is a short mixed-media animation about a careless hunter who takes more than he needs. It's a reminder to viewers to respect their environment and not to underestimate the forces of nature.

Of Lines and Men: The Animation of Jonathan Amitay

Of Lines and Men: The Animation of Jonathan Amitay

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Of Lines and Men: The Animation of Jonathan Amitay profiles the genius of animator Jonathan Amitay, a Toronto-based artist who uses his innovative stop motion animated films to explore issues such as ecology, nuclear war and human rights.

On the Line

On the Line

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North Vancouver documentary filmmaker Frank Wolf and his friend Todd McGowan trace the proposed track of the Northern Gateway Pipeline proposed by Enbridge to deliver Alberta's Tar Sands bitumen to Asian markets. Their journey by bicycle, hiking, rafting and kayaking shows some somber challenges and risks with this billion-dollar project.

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

The Pristine Coast [110min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

The Pristine Coast [52min version]

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The marine ecosystem off the coast of British Columbia is in trouble. Alexandra Morton, a biologist who lives in the Broughton Archepelago, began to document the decline of pink and chum salmon in the late 1990's following a massive expansion of open-net pen fish farming on the west coast of Canada. The Pristine Coast explores the policy decisons taken and not taken that have led to this crisis for the Pacific Coast ecosystem. 

REACTOR

REACTOR

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On March 11th, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan. This disaster resulted in an estimated 15,878 deaths and trillions of dollars in damage, including a partial meltdown at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

 

The Road Stops Here: The Walbran Valley

The Road Stops Here: The Walbran Valley

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This documentary looks at the Walbran Valley on southern Vancouver Island, home of one of British Columbia's last ancient temperate rain forests, and follows the actions of protesters who are fighting to save it from logging.

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3--13 parts)

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This is the third of four documentary series on water--its role in culture, spirituality and life itself for North America's First Nations people. 

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4--13 parts)

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The fourth and final series examining the role of water in culture and spirituality of Indigenous people has a focus on stewardship and the efforts mounted to balance respect for environment with development. Four films visit New Zealand where the Maori have worked hard in the courts to ensure the rights of water in the face of industrial pressures. In Canada and Washington state, the role of First Nations in ensuring sustainability in their use of what water can offer is inspirational and a contrast with what happened with government and industry when millions of gallons of toxic chemicals were discharged into pristine wilderness from a breach of the dam at British Columbia's Mount Polley mine.

Seeking the Current

Seeking the Current

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Seeking the Current explores the environmental costs of hydro-electricity in the light of the many alternative forms of energy, such as solar energy, biomass, biogas, energy efficiency, wind and geothermal power.

The Sharing Farm

The Sharing Farm

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What began as a project to collect surplus fruit going to waste in Richmond, BC and distribute it to the poor has grown to an inspiring community movement that helps the poor and aids food security.

SO KATTA

SO KAT'TA

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This artistic collaboration between dancer Rachel Harris and artist Tsuneko Kokubo explores the beauty of nature in an exquisite dance performance. Filmed in the British Columbia interior, it is both a celebration of the earth and a reflection on the fragility of water and the natural environment.

Stewards of the Land

Stewards of the Land

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A documentary examining environmental stewardship in Canada, introducing private landowners and their attempts to protect critical wildlife habitat.

Sur la piste des OGM

Sur la piste des OGM

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Ce documentaire nous ouvre les yeux sur la lutte du contrôle de la production alimentaire mondiale.

The Sustainable Harvest • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

The Sustainable Harvest • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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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 sustainable harvest in the Pacific northwest.