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Tansi Nehiyawetan

Tansi! Nehiyawetan is an interactive educational series that invites children to learn Cree with Kai, Kayla, and Auntie Josephine through games, stories, animation, songs, and adventures in the city. Nehiyawetan provides a rich learning environment where children can explore the world and the strength and beauty of Cree culture and language. Nehiyawetan draws on traditional ways of learning combined with proven language teaching methods, inspiring children to learn Cree in an engaging environment. Nehiyawetan show encourages children to be curious about the world, through motivating segments that approach learning holistically. Nehiyawetan is based on research that supports the value of language immersion, incorporating language lessons into everyday activities and real adventures so children at home can identify with our cast and feel confident to learn alongside with them. Each episode of Nehiyawetan begins with Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine at home practicing their new Cree words in an active, positive way. The Cree lessons are reinforced through visual imagery that leads us to our musical guests, who sing the words in lively songs that are easy to follow and remember. The songs are incorporated into age-appropriate musical videos that are fun and entertaining.

  • Storytelling
    Tuesday, October 16
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Stories play an important role in our 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 form of storytelling. Art Napoleon is our musical guest.
  • Sports
    Wednesday, October 17
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 lively song about playing sports.
  • Making Art
    Thursday, October 18
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Making art is fun, especially with Kai and Kayla. Join them as they learn Cree words about art and visit weaver Debbie Sparrow at her studio. Musical guest and artist Cheryl L'Hirondelle visits, so join in on a song about making art and being creative.
  • Theatre
    Friday, October 19
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Ladies and gentleman, give a big hand for Kai, Kayla and Tantoo Cardinal. It's theatre day with face-painting, acting and Cree words about theatre. Join us as Tantoo takes us into the world of make-believe and save a big round of applause for musical guest (and actor) Renae Morriseau.
  • Being Healthy
    Monday, October 22
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Good health has always been important in Aboriginal culture, as Kai and Kayla discover when they begin learning Cree words and phrases about health. As part of their adventure, they learn why visiting the dentist really isn't scary. Musical guest Nadine Gagne sings an engaging song about how to be healthy.
  • Winter/Solstice
    Tuesday, October 23
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Let's exchange gifts and give thanks. Kai and Kayla learn the words for the winter solstice and Christmas. They'll put on their jackets and boots and head up Grouse Mountain for fun in the snow while musical guest, Janet Panic, performs a song welcoming the Christmas season. Elder Phil L'Hirondelle shares his knowledge about the teachings of the medicine wheel and the solstice, as the cast go with Phil to an actual medicine wheel that maps the sun's journey through the year.
  • Sun, Moon, Stars
    Wednesday, October 24
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Kai and Kayla learn Cree words for sun, moon, stars and sky and explore the wonders of space at the planetarium. Kai interviews Commander John Herrington, former astronaut and the first Aboriginal person to walk in space! Rising star Jonathan Todd sings his original song about the sun, moon and stars above us.
  • Music
    Thursday, October 25
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Start the music! Kai and Kayla learn the words for music, and Ostwelve drops by to create a hip tune and jam with all the kids at home. Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine visit a music store and get to try out some musical instruments. Musical guest, Renae Morriseau returns for another sing-along, and Amy Wutunee joins in to sing the Cree alphabets.
  • Scary Stuff
    Friday, October 26
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There's something spooky in the air. Kai and Kayla learn the words for scary stuff and test their nerves in a haunted house. Musical guest Jason Burnstick returns with a song about not being scared.
  • Coyotes in the City
    Monday, October 29
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Join Kai and Kayla as they search for coyotes in the city.
  • Pow-Wow
    Tuesday, October 30
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the Deer Lake Tansi Pow-wow and you are all invited. Kai and Kayla learn words that help us understand the pow-wow, hear stories about the beginnings of pow-wow, and they get to take part in this traditional event. Smokey Valley and Travelling Spirit Drummers are the host drums. Curtis Clearsky will also drop in to perform at this celebration with his hip-hop tribute to the power of the pow-wow. Hope to see you there.
  • Scary Stuff
    Wednesday, October 31
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There's something spooky in the air. Kai and Kayla learn the words for scary stuff and test their nerves in a haunted house. Musical guest Jason Burnstick returns with a song about not being scared.
  • In The Garden
    Thursday, November 1
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Tansi! Cree teacher Josephine and her student Kai 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! Our guest, Jason Burnstick joins in on the fun with a song about the nature that surrounds us.
  • Colours
    Friday, November 2
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 teacher Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about mixing colours for their beautiful painting.
  • Seasons
    Monday, November 5
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
  • Clothing
    Tuesday, November 6
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    You are cordially invited to Kai and Kayla's dress up party! They are on a costume adventure with their teacher, 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 scheduled to perform at the party, so stop in for the fun!
  • Weather
    Wednesday, November 7
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 your house!
  • Feast
    Thursday, November 8
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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. Art Napoleon shares with us all the fun of feasting and of course, giving thanks for feast. Hai Hai Everyone!
  • Review
    Friday, November 9
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 learning Cree.
  • Storytelling
    Monday, November 12
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Stories play an important role in our 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 form of storytelling. Art Napoleon is our musical guest.
  • Sports
    Tuesday, November 13
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 lively song about playing sports.
  • Seasons
    Wednesday, November 14
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
  • Making Art
    Thursday, November 15
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Making art is fun, especially with Kai and Kayla. Join them as they learn Cree words about art and visit weaver Debbie Sparrow at her studio. Musical guest and artist Cheryl L'Hirondelle visits, so join in on a song about making art and being creative.
  • Theatre
    Friday, November 16
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Ladies and gentleman, give a big hand for Kai, Kayla and Tantoo Cardinal. It's theatre day with face-painting, acting and Cree words about theatre. Join us as Tantoo takes us into the world of make-believe and save a big round of applause for musical guest (and actor) Renae Morriseau.
  • Being Healthy
    Monday, November 19
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Good health has always been important in Aboriginal culture, as Kai and Kayla discover when they begin learning Cree words and phrases about health. As part of their adventure, they learn why visiting the dentist really isn't scary. Musical guest Nadine Gagne sings an engaging song about how to be healthy.
  • Scary Stuff
    Tuesday, November 20
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There's something spooky in the air. Kai and Kayla learn the words for scary stuff and test their nerves in a haunted house. Musical guest Jason Burnstick returns with a song about not being scared.
  • Sun, Moon, Stars
    Wednesday, November 21
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Kai and Kayla learn Cree words for sun, moon, stars and sky and explore the wonders of space at the planetarium. Kai interviews Commander John Herrington, former astronaut and the first Aboriginal person to walk in space! Rising star Jonathan Todd sings his original song about the sun, moon and stars above us.
  • Music
    Thursday, November 22
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Start the music! Kai and Kayla learn the words for music, and Ostwelve drops by to create a hip tune and jam with all the kids at home. Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine visit a music store and get to try out some musical instruments. Musical guest, Renae Morriseau returns for another sing-along, and Amy Wutunee joins in to sing the Cree alphabets.
  • Winter/Solstice
    Friday, November 23
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Let's exchange gifts and give thanks. Kai and Kayla learn the words for the winter solstice and Christmas. They'll put on their jackets and boots and head up Grouse Mountain for fun in the snow while musical guest, Janet Panic, performs a song welcoming the Christmas season. Elder Phil L'Hirondelle shares his knowledge about the teachings of the medicine wheel and the solstice, as the cast go with Phil to an actual medicine wheel that maps the sun's journey through the year.
  • Coyotes in the City
    Monday, November 26
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Join Kai and Kayla as they search for coyotes in the city.
  • Pow-Wow
    Tuesday, November 27
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the Deer Lake Tansi Pow-wow and you are all invited. Kai and Kayla learn words that help us understand the pow-wow, hear stories about the beginnings of pow-wow, and they get to take part in this traditional event. Smokey Valley and Travelling Spirit Drummers are the host drums. Curtis Clearsky will also drop in to perform at this celebration with his hip-hop tribute to the power of the pow-wow. Hope to see you there.
  • In The Garden
    Wednesday, November 28
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Tansi! Cree teacher Josephine and her student Kai 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! Our guest, Jason Burnstick joins in on the fun with a song about the nature that surrounds us.
  • Colours
    Thursday, November 29
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 teacher Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about mixing colours for their beautiful painting.
  • Seasons
    Friday, November 30
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.

 

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  • Review
    Monday, October 15
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 learning Cree.
  • Feast
    Friday, October 12
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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. Art Napoleon shares with us all the fun of feasting and of course, giving thanks for feast. Hai Hai Everyone!
  • Weather
    Thursday, October 11
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 your house!
  • Clothing
    Wednesday, October 10
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    You are cordially invited to Kai and Kayla's dress up party! They are on a costume adventure with their teacher, 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 scheduled to perform at the party, so stop in for the fun!
  • Seasons
    Tuesday, October 9
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
  • Colours
    Monday, October 8
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 teacher Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about mixing colours for their beautiful painting.
  • In The Garden
    Friday, October 5
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Tansi! Cree teacher Josephine and her student Kai 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! Our guest, Jason Burnstick joins in on the fun with a song about the nature that surrounds us.
  • Pow-Wow
    Thursday, October 4
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the Deer Lake Tansi Pow-wow and you are all invited. Kai and Kayla learn words that help us understand the pow-wow, hear stories about the beginnings of pow-wow, and they get to take part in this traditional event. Smokey Valley and Travelling Spirit Drummers are the host drums. Curtis Clearsky will also drop in to perform at this celebration with his hip-hop tribute to the power of the pow-wow. Hope to see you there.
  • Coyotes in the City
    Wednesday, October 3
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Join Kai and Kayla as they search for coyotes in the city.
  • Scary Stuff
    Tuesday, October 2
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There's something spooky in the air. Kai and Kayla learn the words for scary stuff and test their nerves in a haunted house. Musical guest Jason Burnstick returns with a song about not being scared.
  • Music
    Monday, October 1
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Start the music! Kai and Kayla learn the words for music, and Ostwelve drops by to create a hip tune and jam with all the kids at home. Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine visit a music store and get to try out some musical instruments. Musical guest, Renae Morriseau returns for another sing-along, and Amy Wutunee joins in to sing the Cree alphabets.
  • Sun, Moon, Stars
    Friday, September 28
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Kai and Kayla learn Cree words for sun, moon, stars and sky and explore the wonders of space at the planetarium. Kai interviews Commander John Herrington, former astronaut and the first Aboriginal person to walk in space! Rising star Jonathan Todd sings his original song about the sun, moon and stars above us.
  • Winter/Solstice
    Thursday, September 27
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Let's exchange gifts and give thanks. Kai and Kayla learn the words for the winter solstice and Christmas. They'll put on their jackets and boots and head up Grouse Mountain for fun in the snow while musical guest, Janet Panic, performs a song welcoming the Christmas season. Elder Phil L'Hirondelle shares his knowledge about the teachings of the medicine wheel and the solstice, as the cast go with Phil to an actual medicine wheel that maps the sun's journey through the year.
  • Being Healthy
    Wednesday, September 26
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Good health has always been important in Aboriginal culture, as Kai and Kayla discover when they begin learning Cree words and phrases about health. As part of their adventure, they learn why visiting the dentist really isn't scary. Musical guest Nadine Gagne sings an engaging song about how to be healthy.
  • Theatre
    Tuesday, September 25
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Ladies and gentleman, give a big hand for Kai, Kayla and Tantoo Cardinal. It's theatre day with face-painting, acting and Cree words about theatre. Join us as Tantoo takes us into the world of make-believe and save a big round of applause for musical guest (and actor) Renae Morriseau.
  • Making Art
    Monday, September 24
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Making art is fun, especially with Kai and Kayla. Join them as they learn Cree words about art and visit weaver Debbie Sparrow at her studio. Musical guest and artist Cheryl L'Hirondelle visits, so join in on a song about making art and being creative.
  • Sports
    Friday, September 21
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 lively song about playing sports.
  • Storytelling
    Thursday, September 20
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Stories play an important role in our 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 form of storytelling. Art Napoleon is our musical guest.
  • Review
    Wednesday, September 19
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 learning Cree.
  • Feast
    Tuesday, September 18
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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. Art Napoleon shares with us all the fun of feasting and of course, giving thanks for feast. Hai Hai Everyone!
  • Weather
    Monday, September 17
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 your house!
  • Clothing
    Friday, September 14
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    You are cordially invited to Kai and Kayla's dress up party! They are on a costume adventure with their teacher, 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 scheduled to perform at the party, so stop in for the fun!
  • Seasons
    Thursday, September 13
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 BC, where Kai and Kayla help serve the elders and eat the delicious harvest meal. Our guest, Renae Morriseau drops in to sing a song about the seasons.
  • Colours
    Wednesday, September 12
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    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 teacher Josephine and guest performer, Art Napoleon. Artist Jerry Whitehead stops by to teach Kai and Kayla about mixing colours for their beautiful painting.
  • In The Garden
    Tuesday, September 11
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Tansi! Cree teacher Josephine and her student Kai 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! Our guest, Jason Burnstick joins in on the fun with a song about the nature that surrounds us.
  • Pow-Wow
    Monday, September 10
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It's the Deer Lake Tansi Pow-wow and you are all invited. Kai and Kayla learn words that help us understand the pow-wow, hear stories about the beginnings of pow-wow, and they get to take part in this traditional event. Smokey Valley and Travelling Spirit Drummers are the host drums. Curtis Clearsky will also drop in to perform at this celebration with his hip-hop tribute to the power of the pow-wow. Hope to see you there.
  • Coyotes in the City
    Friday, September 7
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Join Kai and Kayla as they search for coyotes in the city.
  • Scary Stuff
    Thursday, September 6
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There's something spooky in the air. Kai and Kayla learn the words for scary stuff and test their nerves in a haunted house. Musical guest Jason Burnstick returns with a song about not being scared.
  • Music
    Wednesday, September 5
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Start the music! Kai and Kayla learn the words for music, and Ostwelve drops by to create a hip tune and jam with all the kids at home. Kai, Kayla and Auntie Josephine visit a music store and get to try out some musical instruments. Musical guest, Renae Morriseau returns for another sing-along, and Amy Wutunee joins in to sing the Cree alphabets.
  • Sun, Moon, Stars
    Tuesday, September 4
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Kai and Kayla learn Cree words for sun, moon, stars and sky and explore the wonders of space at the planetarium. Kai interviews Commander John Herrington, former astronaut and the first Aboriginal person to walk in space! Rising star Jonathan Todd sings his original song about the sun, moon and stars above us.
  • Winter/Solstice
    Monday, September 3
    9:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Let's exchange gifts and give thanks. Kai and Kayla learn the words for the winter solstice and Christmas. They'll put on their jackets and boots and head up Grouse Mountain for fun in the snow while musical guest, Janet Panic, performs a song welcoming the Christmas season. Elder Phil L'Hirondelle shares his knowledge about the teachings of the medicine wheel and the solstice, as the cast go with Phil to an actual medicine wheel that maps the sun's journey through the year.