Akwesasne, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Akwesasne, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Akwesasne 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.

Akwiten • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Akwiten • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Akwiten follows the rebirth of the birch bark canoe, inspired by the emergence of an ancient Maliseet canoe from a European collection.

Drinking from my Mothers Well (Woolastook) • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Drinking from my Mother's Well (Woolastook) • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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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 the mighty St. John River (from the Maliseet word "wolastoq" meaning "beautiful river).

Fraser River, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Fraser River, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Fraser River 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.

The Gulf Story, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

The Gulf Story, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

The Gulf Story, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

The Gulf Story, Part 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

The Gulf Story, Part 3 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

The Gulf Story, Part 3 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

Haida Gwaii • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Haida Gwaii • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Haida Gwaii goes to the northern archipelago on Canada's West Coast where ecology, economy, culture and traditional knowledge all hold value.

The Hand of Franklin

The Hand of Franklin

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A four-person team attempts to be the first to row self-propelled through the fabled Northwest Passage in order to shed light on the effects of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

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.

Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Enbridge Northern • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Khalalesla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Enbridge Northern • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Khalalesla: The Wake of the Tankers • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

Letter from Athabasca • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Letter from Athabasca • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

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.

Ooligan • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

Ooligan • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource–a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

Posonut: The Maliseet Basket • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Posonut: The Maliseet Basket • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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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.

Remembering Celilo Falls, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Remembering Celilo Falls, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Remembering Celilo Falls 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.

Sacred Head Waters: Loveman Nole • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Sacred Head Waters: Loveman Nole • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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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.

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1--13 parts)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource––a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2--13 parts)

SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 2--13 parts)

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North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. This series shows their perspective on a most precious resource––a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited.

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

Surviving the Fundy Footpath

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Bruce Persaud, a city slicker with zero hiking experience, attempts to complete one of Canada's toughest multi-day hikes, traversing the Fundy escarpment between St. Martin's and Alma, New Brunswick. 

Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish Lake, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish Lake, Parts 1 & 2 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 1)

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Tetzan Biny: The Disappearance of Fish Lake 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 population of a vast region.

Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Tribal Journey, Part 1: Paddle to Squaxin • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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Paddle to Squaxin follows a planning meeting for the 2012 tribal journey for canoe families to gather at Squaxin in extreme southwestern part of the South Salish Sea (Puget Sound, Washington). 

Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maoria Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Tribal Journey, Part 4: Maoria Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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Anishinaabe canoe builder Wayne Vallier builds the birch bark canoe, explaining the one-year process of harvesting the materials. Birch bark was harvested in the east and shipped; spruce roots to lash the materials together were gathered on the west coast. Master Maori carver Dr. Takirirangi Smith, who had worked with Skokomish artist and carver John Smith in 2007 to build a Maori Waka, returned to paddle it. 

Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

Tribal Journey, Part 5: The Village Welcome • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 3)

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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 July 17, 2012 and landed at Port Angeles, Washington, this was part of their tribal journey to Squaxin.