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.

Cherchez le courant

Cherchez le courant

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Détails de l'histoire de l'industrie énergétique du Québec, le coût probable de l'environnement du plan de construire quatre centrales hydroélectriques sur la rivière Romaine vierge et explore la pléthore de solutions de rechange, tels que l'énergie solaire, la biomasse, le biogaz, l'efficacité énergétique, l'énergie éolienne et géothermique.

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).

Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus? •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Edible Seaweeds: What the fucus? • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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In 2002 Dr. Dolly Garza, a professor at the University of Alaska, took early retirement to come and live on Haida Gwaii full-time. She is originally Haida from Alaska but married a future hereditary chief of the Haida nation. Dolly has been harvesting seaweed for most of her life and shares her knowledge as an advocate for the many benefits of incorporating seaweed into a healthful diet.

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.

Gulf Shrimp: 4 Years and Counting •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Gulf Shrimp: 4 Years and Counting • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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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 oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The marine species of that region were devastated. 

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.

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1 •  SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

Herring Roe: Dead or Alive, Part 1 • SAMAQAN: Water Stories (Series 4)

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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?

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.