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Sharing Circle

The Sharing Circle shares the centuries old understanding of spiritual balance between all of the Creators' creations and relate this understanding to contemporary life. Testimonials, stories of courage, love, respect, humility, wisdom, honesty, and truth are shared with our viewers. Through these stories, we hope to help people find peaceful solutions to conflicts within their own lives.

  • Crooked Music: Johnarcand, The Master of the Metis
    Monday, February 24
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    John Arcand has spent his lifetime promoting and preserving the traditions of Metis Fiddle and Dance and old time fiddling. In 1998, he staged the first John Arcand Fiddle Festival and after 8 years this annual celebration has become one of the major fiddle events in Western Canada.
  • Not Just Beads and Moccasins
    Tuesday, February 25
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The idea of Aboriginal art is relatively new. Outside the art community, the dominant perception might be that contemporary Aboriginal art is about images of wolves and bears done up in the traditional way of beads and moccasins. Not Just Beads & Moccasins is a profile of three contem porary Aboriginal artists who adapt traditional art forms into something more contemporary. Greg Hill, Jeff Thomas and Nadia Myre share a common focus in their work of symbols of Canadian identity. Through performance, photography and visual art they defy these symbols and the power, control and authority they represent. The result is some of the hottest stuff around-art that's not just beads and moccasins.
  • Children of the Earth School
    Wednesday, February 26
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Children of the Earth School applies the concept of Aboriginality in the education system through the lessons of the ancestors. In 1991, Winnipeg School Division Number One began what was considered a bold undertaking. They established a school in the North End that emphasized Aboriginal culture and academics. It allowed First Nations youth the freedom to practice their culture in a place where it was once prohibited. Children of The Earth School is a model for others to follow, as it scores highly in a poll of the top high schools in all of Canada.
  • Restoring The Sacred
    Thursday, February 27
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Each autumn, high school students from reserve communities leave their homes to go to school in a city hundreds of miles away. They must face and cope with a way of life that is foreign, confusing and oftentimes dangerous. For them, the hardest test they will face isn't in the classroom. It is found in simply finding the will to stay in school, in overcoming their homesickness, in adjusting to the way of life in the city, and in avoiding the dangerous social traps surrounding them. Historically, half or more of the first year students don't last through the school year, with the greatest portion giving up before Christmas. Sadly, many of them become involved with urban gangs and leave school for a life of criminal activity. Even worse, some simply cannot adjust and commit suicide. In Winnipeg an Aboriginal non- government agency has launched a program, Restoring the Sacred, designed to offer the students some of the support they need in order to stay in school and to live safely in the city. The Sharing Circle travels to one community in northern Manitoba and discovers the hopes and fears of the parents there, and journey with some of the students to their new school in Winnipeg and to this significant challenge in their lives.
  • The Ultimate Challenge
    Friday, February 28
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    This highly charged and entertaining half-hour documentary examines a relatively new sport that may become the next Lacrosse for Aboriginal athletes. Ultimate, sometimes called Frisbee Football, is played on a large field by two teams comprised of twelve players per team. Recently, Canadian organizers of several disc sport leagues have been introducing Ultimate to numerous First Nation communities and the response has been overwhelming. Ultimate leagues are now springing up in rural and urban Aboriginal communities everywhere.
  • Two Spirit People
    Monday, March 2
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Life can be extremely difficult for gay and lesbian people living in Aboriginal communities. In centuries past, the two-spirited (as they were known) were highly regarded in society for their insight into the world of men and women, and for possessing spiritual gifts. Two Spirited people became ostracized and their spiritual gifts disregarded with colonization and the influence of Christian attitudes. Today, reserves are rampant with homophobia. According to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 7 0 percent of the Aboriginal teen suicides on reserves today are by two spirited youth. The Sharing Circle explores the issues faced by Aboriginal gays, lesbians, and bisexuals and illustrates the extraordinary efforts being made by those trying to end this discrimination.
  • Comic Book Creators
    Tuesday, March 3
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For thousands of years, the visual arts have been a way for Canada's Aboriginal people to express themselves, share information, and provide imagery for stories and legends. Today, this art has evolved and progressed in methodology and style, but the core meaning remains a means of sharing stories from the Aboriginal point of view. For younger people, this ancient tradition is being kept alive through cutting edge design, stylish comic books, and a new form of contemporary art that is unique from anything seen before.We will follow some of today's Aboriginal artistic mavericks and share their stories, showing how traditional values are being blended with a modern approach to art.
  • Aboriginal Music Revolution
    Wednesday, March 4
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Aboriginal Music program in Manitoba is unique to North America. Aboriginal Music Program Director, Errol Ranville's approach is to nurture our Aboriginal artists and develop their talents starting from the grassroots level. Young up and comers, along with struggling veterans, are making the connections they need in the music industry, through the support of the Aboriginal Music Program. This episode of the Sharing Circle focuses on Errol Ranville's life and how he is giving back to a community that has supported him throughout his career as well as the impact of the Aboriginal Music Program, and how it is changing the way people look at the industry. The initiatives of the Aboriginal Music Program are advancing the Aboriginal music industry at a lightning pace. An industry that is decades behind will soon be revealed, whether society is ready for it or not.
  • Toxic Homes
    Thursday, March 5
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Raven Thundersky and her family grew up in the community of Poplar River. Since the late 1980's, Raven has lost her mother, three sisters, and a brother to Asbestosis and Mesothilioma. She has also been diagnosed with scarring of the lungs due to zonolite exposure. Living with the possibility of cancer, she has become an advocate on having the issue recognized by all levels of government. All along the way, she remains true to the spirit that drives her to fight.
  • Take Flight
    Friday, March 6
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For many northern First Nation communities, the plane is more that an optional means of transportation. It is a vital lifeline. Yet a very small percentage of North American pilots are Aboriginal. Today, with some reserves taking control by owing and operating their own airlines, this is starting to change. We meet three Aboriginal pilots in various stages of expertise. Juupi Tuunik from Nunavik is beginning primary training. Melissa Haney, a young part Inuit woman, is early in her professional career as a twin otter first officer with Air Inuit. Finally, Wallace Watts has achieved his ultimate goal of becoming a United Airlines 747 captain.
  • Endangered Words
    Monday, March 9
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Language is what connects Aboriginal people to the spirit of the land, to their ancestral teachings, and to the essence of their culture. Yet all across Canada, aboriginal languages are close to the brink of extinction. Of the original fifty three languages spoken across this country, only three are considered secure, having more than 20,000 speakers. The rest are at risk of vanishing within a generation.
  • Urban Reserves: Success in the City
    Tuesday, March 10
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Find out how First Nations are buying land, starting businesses, and creating better lives for Aboriginal people in cities across Canada. Discover how urban reserves may affect your community and your life as we visit Canada's largest urban reserve, established more than ten years ago and now home to more than forty-five businesses and organizations.
  • Empty Nets
    Wednesday, March 11
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Lake Manitoba has traditionally been a bountiful place for the Metis to fish, but recently they experienced one of the worst years in memory. Many veteran fishermen are pulling their nets and cutting their losses. Worse yet the young men are not bothering at all, choosing instead to go to Alberta for a pipeline pay cheque. Are those still working the lake part of a dying breed, or will steps be taken to safeguard the financial heart and cultural soul of an entire community?
  • Ski Bums
    Thursday, March 12
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    It is easy to understand the spiritual connection Aboriginal people have shared with the land after experiencing western Canada's majestic mountain ranges. This relationship continues today, and for some, it has led to an involvement in Canada's competitive ski circuit. We follow three people who are making their mark in the ski world in different ways. Sam Kent is a 16-year old prodigy creating a stir as one Canada's top Aboriginal skiers; Mark Gallup travels the globe as a world class ski photographer employed by the major elite ski magazines; and Wendy Lumby is a ski coach in Alberta who is breaking down barriers and stereotypes as she prepares athletes for high level competition. Ski Bums interweaves their stories and demonstrates how their passion for the sport of skiing has drawn them closer to the land in a way that nothing else could.
  • Solomon Carriere-Last of the Voyageurs
    Friday, March 13
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Solomon Carriere is a hunter, a trapper and a world champion long distance paddler. Solomon and his family live a unique blend of the traditional life and the unreal expectations of the 21st Century.
  • The Voice of the Lake
    Monday, March 16
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For 8000 years Aboriginal people have lived on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. It has been a constant source of fish and fresh drinking water. Some people refer to it as the blood of life, the earth mother's water. In recent years an alarming change has taken place in the lake. Large areas are covered in toxic algae. Though the cause is a subject of great debate, a likely culprit is field runoff of pesticides and animal waste from immense factory farming operations. The pollution rate is so high in Lake Winnipeg that some scientists estimate the lake could die in the next ten years. Clearly this will have a profound impact on Aboriginal People.
  • The Voice of the Lake Part 2
    Tuesday, March 17
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For 8000 years Aboriginal people have lived on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. It has been a constant source of fish and fresh drinking water. Some people refer to it as the blood of life, the e arth mother's water. In recent years an alarming change has taken place in the lake. Large areas are covered in toxic algae. Though the cause is a subject of great debate, a likely culprit is field runoff of pesticides and animal waste from immense factory farming operations. The pollution rate is so high in Lake Winnipeg that some scientists estimate the lake could die in the next ten years. Clearly this will have a profound impact on Aboriginal People.
  • Feet First Onto The Earth
    Wednesday, March 18
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Three dancers of different backgrounds (Metis, Mohawk and Teme Augama Anishnaabi) and one former dancer show how a mix of indigenous, world and contemporary dance forms bring new meaning to old stories, told through the downbeat, or by moving feet first.
  • Feet First Onto The Earth Part 2
    Thursday, March 19
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Three dancers of different backgrounds (Metis, Mohawk and Teme Augama Anishnaabi) and one former dancer show how a mix of indigenous, world and contemporary dance forms bring new meaning to old stories, told through the downbeat, or by moving feet first.
  • Haida Gwaii-Island of the People
    Friday, March 20
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The most isolated landmass in Canada is a unique area off the northwest coast of BC, consisting of over 200 separate islands. Known geographically as the Queen Charlottes, this area is home to the people of the Haida Nation. The Haida are known among the many West Coast nations as gifted artists, carpenters and boat builders. Having suffered the loss of 95% of their population after European contact, they are also a testament to survival. Today a wave of new artists are rediscovering the supernatural beauty behind the ancient stories, using them for inspiration to create amazing works of art. Painters, weavers, and totem pole carvers carry the day as the Haida express themselves creatively and politically. Now their single biggest battle is to raise awareness of the serious threat posed by extensive forestry on their island home. Artists like Jim Hart, Jaalen Edenshaw, Marcel Rust, Sherri Dick, and Mick Morrison share age-old inspiration and a duty to protect Haida Gwaii, Island of The People. By reclaiming their traditional ways, the spirit and strength of the Haida is plainly evident in their stories, songs, and powerful works of art.
  • Walk for Life
    Monday, March 23
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Walk For Life is the story of the Northern Ontario Ojibway community of Pic Mobert First Nation and their 13-hundred-kilometer journey to reawaken spirituality and culture and return to traditional ways, in order to help those suffering from addiction.
  • The Dance
    Tuesday, March 24
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Dance documents the powerful story of a culture reclaimed, through the eyes of one man and one family. After centuries of repression, the Mi'kmaq people of Bay St. George Newfoundland gather to publicly celebrate their culture and heritage. A cameraman sent to document the Band?s first Pow Wow makes a startling personal discovery.
  • The Condor and the Eagle
    Wednesday, March 25
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Incan prophecy foretells of a day when the condor of the South and the eagle of the North will fly together and spirit will descend on the land once again. As the world suffers under the weight of globalization, there are indigenous healers and elders working to heal the world and its people. Fulfilling prophecy is their mission. Juan Flores, an Ashanincan healer from the Peruvian Amazon and Dave Courchene, an Anishenabe elder from Sagkeeng, Manitoba, are two people on such a mission. The condor and the eagle soar together once again when Juan, Dave and other elders and healers visit Manito Ahbee in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for Igniting the Fire, a gathering where elders give direction for the future and where a sacred fire will be lit. This is a living prophecy for the Americas.
  • Miss Indian World
    Thursday, March 26
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Imagine carrying the hopes, dreams, and well wishes of family and friends into competition-all the while being on your best behaviour as a young person vying for the title of Miss Indian World 2006. So it was in Albuquerque, New Mexico as forty young women came together to represent their communities in what can best be described as a non-competitive pageant. Judges weren?t looking for physical perfection, but rather for poise and pride as each of the young women represented distinct First Nations from Canada and the U.S. We go behind the scenes at the most celebrated and sought after crowning of it?s kind. Miss Indian World will profile three Canadian contestants, while also exploring the nature of community spirit and First Nations pride.
  • Written In Stone
    Friday, March 27
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    This documentary presents the story of an Aboriginal archaeologist, Kevin Brownlee, from the Manitoba Museum, whose current focus is determining where and how the early inhabitants of Northern Manitoba lived. To aid him in his explorations, he ha s enlisted the support of the region?s descendants both as expedition workers and as guides to their past, as expressed by their oral history tradition. The key result of the expedition was the discovery of ancient quartz mines in the region. The documenta ry shows the particular archaeological method in practice and offers thoughts on what the implications are for the region?s people.
  • When Mom's In Jail
    Monday, March 30
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Every year in Canada 25,000 children have a mother in prison. With women being the fastest growing prison population in the world, this number will only continue to rise. The sudden separation causes a tremendous amount of grief, isolation, and co nfusion, for both mother and child, and the children are more likely to turn to crime themselves by adolescence. Maintaining a strong mother/child bond throughout incarceration can help break the cycle, but institutions don't always have adequate funding, programming or space for visitation. When Mom's in Jail examines the effects of incarceration on women and children, and what one organization is doing to help heal families.
  • White Buffalo
    Tuesday, March 31
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    In 2005, an all-white buffalo calf is born in the northern United States and is quickly acquired by an astute zoo director in Winnipeg, Canada, who is aware of this sacred animal?s significance. With the help of a local Elder, a permanent home is set up for the aptly named Blizzard at Winnipeg?s Assiniboine Park Zoo. As originally prophesized, Blizzard?s arrival coincides with a dangerous moment in human history. Within a short few weeks of the White Buffalo Calf coming to Winnipeg, many people are uniting spiritually in peace and harmony, attempting to bring this Message of the urgent need for Peace, of creating an energy shift throughout the world. Hanging in the balance is the chaos, disaster and endless te ars from our relatives' eyes that we will all surely face unless this lofty prophecy is respected and acted upon.
  • Warrior Societies
    Wednesday, April 1
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    There is a stereotypical image of the Warrior within First Nations culture: a militant carrying a gun, a camouflaged fighter atop a blockade, a protester blocking a road. Unfortunately, these popular portrayals fail to look at the traditional and spiritual roles of Warriors and who they really are. Behind these militant images, there is another story, traditional and spiritual in nature, and for the people. Within Warrior Societies, all people have roles; men, women, elders and children are equal. And, without the involvement of all these people, Warrior societies would cease to exist. This documentary will take an in-depth look at this issue by first examining the Wounded Knee standoff on the Pine Ridge Indi an Reservation in South Dakota between the American Indian Movement and the United States Army, the FBI and the State Militia. By examining what the Aboriginal communities at that time were standing for, we will uncover what they were trying to accomplish. Twenty years later in Canada, on the Oka First Nation, a stand off took place between the Mohawk Warrior Society and the Canadian Army along with the Quebec Police. This documentary will also look back at what triggered the standoff and what has been r esolved since. Through their experiences, this documentary will examine the risks these Warriors take and the spiritual essence of what they were trying to accomplish.
  • Three Square Meals
    Thursday, April 2
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    From the funky, haute cuisine to life saving meals on the mean streets of Winnipeg, first nations chef are making their mark. "Three Square Meals" is a profile of Aboriginal chefs in three distinct environments. Warren and Phoebe Sutherland, chefs and owners of Sweet Grass Bistro in Ottawa Ontario, prepare traditional First Nations' food with haute cuisine flair. First nations students from Churchill, Manitoba earn their cooking stripes, running a restaurant during the busy tourist season under the guidance of European-trained Chef Robert Duehmig. A formally trained chef who has chosen a different path, Leah Morgan, who has opted to help run the Main Street Project, creating minor meal miracles to help feed the poor and destitute downtown Winnipeg.
  • Learning to Lead
    Friday, April 3
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    "Pull up your shirtsleeves and lead by example." That's what Ryan Bruyere's grandmother taught him. Ryan is a member of an active core of students who have all spent several years in the intensive Aboriginal Governance program at the University of Winnipeg, which teaches them, among other things, about aboriginal politics, conflict resolution and self-government. Learning to Lead follows these students as they look for opportunities to get their voices heard within First Nations leadership circles, and their stumbles and successes along the way. What these students already know is that the next generation of young people will one day be confronted with the immense challenges that lie ahead. They will need to have the vision, the passion and the leadership skills to be a part of creating a better future for all First Nations communities. We want to be there to witness their efforts to meet those challenges and take their place in the real world of aboriginal affairs.

 

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  • Our Sisters' Spirits
    Friday, February 21
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Our Sisters' Spirits explores one of the most serious human rights abuses in Canada today-the abduction, rape and murder of hundreds of Aboriginal women over the last half century at the hands of strangers, most often white people. This horrific situation continues today, particularly in cities across Western Canada, but the authorities, the justice system, and the Press ostensibly disregards this ongoing tragedy. Amnesty International condemned Canada in a scathing report detailing these continued human rights abuses that are suffered by Aboriginal women. We make sense of this catastrophic situati on that arguably would be front page news if another group of women were being victimized.
  • The Spirit of Norway House Cree Nation Part 2
    Thursday, February 20
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Manitoba's Norway House Cree Nation, one of the largest Aboriginal reserves in Canada, has recently undergone unprecedented economic growth and development due to the community's prudent spending of a multi-million dollar compensation package they recently negotiated from Manitoba Hydro and from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba for the impact of hydro electric power project development in Northern Manitoba over the last forty years.
  • The Spirit of Norwayhouse Cree Nation Part 1
    Wednesday, February 19
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Manitoba's Norway House Cree Nation, one of the largest Aboriginal reserves in Canada, has recently undergone unprecedented economic growth and development due to the community's prudent spending of a multi-million dollar compensation package they recently negotiated from Manitoba Hydro and from the Governments of Canada and Manitoba for the impact of hydro electric power project development in Northern Manitoba over the last forty years.
  • Balancing The Medicine Wheel
    Tuesday, February 18
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Dr. Judith Bartlett graduated from the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine in 1987. She was one of the first three Aboriginal physicians to graduate from the University of Manitoba. A pioneer and a visionary in the field of Aboriginal Health, Dr. Bartlett was the first chair of the National Aboriginal Health Organization and played a major role in the formation of Winnipeg's Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre. In 1994, Dr. Bartlett developed the Aboriginal Life Promotion Framework - a blueprint for balancing the fundamental elements of our lives.
  • Home Advantage-Mjhl
    Monday, February 17
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle examines three Manitoba First Nations that own and operate a team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. This episode ex amines how each team was established, how they are managed, and the socio-economic impact on each community. The social, educational, vocational, and economic development opportunities are also examined.
  • Rossdale Flats
    Friday, February 14
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle profiles a commercial section of real estate in the downtown core of Edmonton, Alberta that has become a hot topic between industry, the city and the Aboriginal population. Human remains as well as artifacts have been unearthed on the current property of the local power company. The diversity of ethnic groups has shocked the community. Scottish, French, English, M?tis, and Aboriginal groups have been identified. The task of w hat to do now with these artifacts is currently in debate. Respect for those who came before us is paramount for the Aboriginal Community, as is the re - acquisition of the land that was once theirs.
  • The Fur Table
    Thursday, February 13
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Every December, just before Christmas, fur buyers from around the world gather at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Thompson, Manitoba to buy pelts, and lots of them! Over five hundred thousand dollars will exchange hands, all in cash. On one side of the table are over 250 northern trappers, most of them Aboriginal, who will sell their bounty to the highest bidder. On the other side, buyers from five different fur companies can be seen, cash in hand, feverishly totaling numbers on their calculators. When the bidding is over trappers will collect their salaries for months of toiling on the traplines. As fur prices fluctuate every year, one can never be certain whether the outcome will be celebrated or bemoaned by the trappers and their families
  • Aboriginal Healing
    Wednesday, February 12
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle explores the results of the social programs implemented by the National Aboriginal Healing Foundation. This national organization devotes funds across the Canada in support of Aboriginal community programs. The Foundation promotes the healing of Aboriginal people who were subjected to the reside ntial school system. The benefits of the foundation past, present and future will be examined.
  • Traditional Youth Gathering
    Tuesday, February 11
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle dives into the Annual Traditional Youth Gathering, spearheaded by Crissy Courchene in Grand Rapids, Manitoba. The Youth G athering is host to one hundred youth fully immersed in the traditional values and practices of their ancestors. Elders from the five major tribal groups of Manitoba, along with youth leaders, impart their wisdom and teachings on everything from traditiona l hunting techniques, picking medicines, building a sweatlodge, firearms safety, treaty rights and even the art of making bannock on a stick. Most importantly, the youth learn these lessons as our ancestors did it by roughing it in the bush without the con veniences of modern life.
  • First Music
    Monday, February 10
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Music has always been an integral part of Aboriginal culture. We explore the rich heritage of Aboriginal music and how our ancestors interpreted and respected it. We look at Aboriginal music today, and how many artists such as Susan Aglukark are fusing the old with the new. We glimpse into what the future might offer and explore how cultural blending through music is a way of celebrating diversity. A highlight is Nelly Furtado's Juno performance with premiere drum and singing group, Whitefish Juniors.
  • Stryker Goes to Venice
    Friday, February 7
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Two first-time Aboriginal actors from Winnipeg's North End journey to Venice, Italy to accompany the Winnipeg feature film Stryker. For the first time in the history of the prestigious Venice Film Festival, Aboriginal actors will walk the red carpet of La Sale Grande. Fifteen-year-old Kyle Henry (Stryker) and single mom Deena Fontaine (Mama Ceece) travel across the ocean for the first time to present their work to the international film community.
  • The Next Generation
    Thursday, February 6
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The new voices for Aboriginal youth are manifesting themselves as cultural empowerment increases. Aboriginal youth who are speaking up for their communities and are becoming the inspiration for many. One such issue takes place in Grassy Narrows, Ontario, where clear-cutting on the reserve is generating anger and protest by its residents, and in particular its youth.
  • Long Road, Full Circle Part 2
    Wednesday, February 5
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    A two-part expose of Aboriginal gang life in urban and rural environments. Revolving around former and reformed gang member Ervin Chartrand, we relive his physical and mental journey from Vice-President of the Manitoba Warriors, to his involvement and consequent arrest during "Operation Northern Snow". Institutionalized, it was in Stony Mountain penitentiary where he made a life-changing choice to reclaim his heritage, his family and his soul. Chartrand, clean and on the outside, has recovered his ties to Aboriginal healing and spirituality. Pursuing a career in the film and television industry, he now acts as a mentor to Aboriginal youth on the dangers of life on the streets. Experts from the RCMP, Winnipeg Police Services and Corrections Canada share their views on efforts being made to extinguish gangs from the streets of Canadian cities.
  • Long Road, Full Circle Part 1
    Tuesday, February 4
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    A two-part expose of Aboriginal gang life in urban and rural environments. Revolving around former and reformed gang member Ervin Chartrand, we relive his physical and mental journey from Vice-President of the Manitoba Warriors, to his involvement and consequent arrest during "Operation Northern Snow". Institutionalized, it was in Stony Mountain penitentiary where he made a life-changing choice to reclaim his heritage, his family and his soul. Chartrand, clean and on the outside, has recovered his ties to Aboriginal healing and spirituality. Pursuing a career in the film and television industry, he now acts as a mentor to Aboriginal youth on the dangers of life on the streets. Experts from the RCMP, Winnipeg Police Services and Corrections Canada share their views on efforts being made to extinguish gangs from the streets of Canadian cities.
  • Sugar Fix Diabetes
    Monday, February 3
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle focuses on the new social phenomenon that has created this ethno-cultural epidemic. Native people have the highest rate of diabetes of any other demographic in Canada. A detailed examination reveals Aboriginal children in the northern reserves to be the most common victims. Lack of resources, poverty, and even cultural identity all correlate to the disease.
  • Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
    Friday, January 31
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Founded in 1999 by Dave Pratt, Artistic Director Kennetch Charlette, and actors Tantoo Cardinal, and Gordon Tootoosis, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company has grown into a major contributor to the Saskatchewan arts scene. Finding truth within one's own self is a guiding principle at the SNTC. The company operates with the belief that art and culture are intertwined.Using theatre as a vehicle for artistic expression, the company provides a venue for original aboriginal stories and provides opportunities for youth to use their gifts to find truth within them.
  • Moccasin Games
    Thursday, January 30
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Traditional games have been part of Aboriginal culture for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Moccasin Game was a display of dexterity, chance and a means of fair trade between neighbouring tribes. The Sharing Circle looks at the diverse ways the game is played, the significance and importance of these games, and how they are being kept alive for future generations.
  • Good Spirit Medicine
    Wednesday, January 29
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass and Tobacco have been sacred medicines in Aboriginal culture since the first conception of Mother Earth. Used for prayer, cleansing, healing and offerings-each has its own teachings and origin. In contemporary times, misconceptions of the medicines are everywhere. Western medicine has attempted to bottle the essence of these remedies, but fails to capture the spiritual healing power contained therein. Through the words of elders, the ancient teachings of the four medicines are now helping the generations of today. The Sharing Circle explores the teachings of each medicine and how they are used in everyday life and ceremony.
  • Aboriginal Humour
    Tuesday, January 28
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    What is it about Aboriginal Humour that makes it so unique? Popular comedian Don Burnstick says Aboriginal humour is all about having fun, but there's more to it than that, it is also an integral part of the healing journey. We explore the uniqueness of Aboriginal humour and how comedians and spiritualists use it to heal a displace nation.
  • Sape - Strengthening Aboriginal Participation In The Economy
    Monday, January 27
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The 20th Century was not a prosperous time for First Nations People. As Canada reaped the rewards of a land with abundant resources, Aboriginals were isolated from the economic booms of a burgeoning country. Strengthening Aboriginal Participation in the Economy is the brainchild of the Provincial Governments, Aboriginal Affairs Ministers and national Aboriginal organizations. The Sharing Circle explores the purpose and initiatives of the SAPE report. We also examine the Aboriginal business acumen throughout history to establish that Aboriginals are naturally business inclined, possessing intuitive abilities to compete in the economic evolution of the 21st Century.
  • Winter Roads
    Friday, January 24
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For several weeks every winter, temporary roads are constructed over frozen lakes and through thick forests in Canada's north providing vehicle access to communities that are usually only accessible by air. Essential for shipping building supplies and food at a reasonable price, these "Winter Roads" help make the cost of living more affordable in these remote communities. The Sharing Circle examines the system of Winter Roads in northern-eastern Manitoba and their importance to the thousands of First Nations People who live there.
  • Lacrosse
    Thursday, January 23
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    One of North America's oldest sports, Lacrosse owes its origins to the Aboriginal people who utilized the game to prepare young warriors, resolve conflicts with other tribes and as an intricate part of their spiritual lives. Developed over centuries, Lacrosse has endured, and even prospered in modern times. The Sharing Circle traces the history of Lacrosse from the earliest accounts to its resurgence in the 21st Century.
  • The Hoop of Life
    Wednesday, January 22
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    One of the most visually interesting but technically difficult of aboriginal traditional dances is the Hoop Dance. To many Indian tribes, the hoop symbolizes the circle of life - the belief that all things are connected. The Sharing Circle looks at this unique traditional form of artistic expression with champion Hoop Dancers Alex Wells and Lisa Odjig.
  • Ray St. Germain
    Tuesday, January 21
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For more than four decades, Ray St. Germain has cultivated his role as a Canadian country music icon. A musician, entertainer, and radio personality, Ray has successfully "crossed over" from the Aboriginal to mainstream entertainment markets, never forgetting his M?tis heritage.The Sharing Circle profiles Ray and provides viewers with a close-up and personal glimpse into the man and his two loves: his family and his music.
  • Aboriginal Entrepreneurs
    Monday, January 20
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle profiles some interesting and unique aboriginal entrepreneurs. We'll see how Leslie Lounsbury, publisher of SAY Magazine (Spirit of Aboriginal Youth), turned her dream into a reality--helping aboriginal youth to have a voice. We also profile Aboriginal IT company Donna Cona and bottled water company, Iroquois Water. Also, Christian Sinclair of The Tribal Council Investment Group explains how they are taking a successful Manitoba venture and planning to expand its client list nationally.
  • Alex Janvier
    Friday, January 17
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle profiles accomplished Aboriginal artist Alex Janvier. His abstract style has been admired and honored by collectors, critics and art academia throughout North America and around the world. He is considered a trailblazer, opening many doors previously closed to Aboriginal artists. We will visit Alex in his studio at his home in Cold Lake, Alberta, as well as gain insights into this seasoned artist through interviews with friends, community members and fellow aboriginal artists.
  • Sacred Artifacts
    Thursday, January 16
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle examines First Nations efforts to repatriate spiritual items and ancient artifacts. For centuries, museums and private individuals all over the world have collected artifacts and remains of Aboriginal peoples. As we enter the 21st Century, many museums and First Nations are now working together to care for and protect these items; however, the issue continues to be a contentious one.
  • The Canadian Aboriginal Awards & Festival
    Wednesday, January 15
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Come and celebrate the sights and sounds of the City of Toronto, First Nations Style. Long before the modern day metropolis existed, Aboriginal People gathered here to celebrate their unique arts, crafts and cultures. This tradition continues today with The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and Native Canada's largest gathering, The Canadian Aboriginal Festival.
  • Frontrunners
    Tuesday, January 14
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle traces the journey that ten Aboriginal teenagers made with the Pan Am Games torch in 1967. Their 800 km journey from Minneapolis to the Winnipeg Stadium ended with a non-aboriginal athlete taking the torch into the stadium and lighting the Games flame. Over thirty years later, this journey continues to influence the lives of these torchbearers.
  • My Heroes Have Always Killed Cowboys
    Monday, January 13
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle dives into the world of professional wrestling and examines historic and contemporary role of Aboriginal people in this industry. We profile the men behind the characters; find out what drives these wrestlers to do what they do and how they hope to influence the younger generation.
  • Back to the Land
    Friday, January 10
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle looks at Aboriginal Peoples' traditional and historic relationship with the land. In the face of changing times and changing values, Nelson House elder Madeline Spence and her husband Wellington, are making a concerted effort to pass their valued knowledge of Mother Earth to future generations.
  • Billy Joe Green - Red Man's Blues
    Thursday, January 9
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    An in-depth look at blues musician Billy Joe Green, with testimonials and stories from Billy Joe, his counterparts and friends in the business, this documentary focuses on this respected blues man's life long search for what he calls 'The origination of the Blues.'
  • York Boat Days
    Wednesday, January 8
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    For three decades the northern Manitoba community of Norway House has hosted 'York Boat Days'. This annual event draws visitors and competitive York Boat racers from around the globe. The Sharing Circle travels to York Boat Days, looks at the many activities that take place and provides insight into the mammoth effort by the community to stage such a demanding undertaking.
  • Treaties
    Tuesday, January 7
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Treaties written more than a century ago are the foundation on which this nation is built. For most people they remain unseen and unappreciated. The Sharing Circle examines the Treaties between the First Nations and the Dominion of Canada, their historic and future significance, and modern day misconceptions.
  • Good Medicine
    Monday, January 6
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    The Sharing Circle features enigmatic artist, storyteller and philosopher, Dale Auger. Through colour, form and creatively crafted words, Dale's messages reflect the values and virtues of traditional Aboriginal philosophy. Dale weaves images and pictures in his own unique style. His art takes his audience to a deeper level of understanding of Canada's Indigenous Peoples.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit
    Friday, January 3
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    Over the past two decades, Aboriginal People have begun to make their marks in the business world. Many of our people believe that developing aboriginal enterprises is a key to the long-term survival of Canada's First Nations. Others worry that becoming involved in a profit-oriented system is contrary to our traditional beliefs. The Sharing Circle looks at the challenge of balancing our traditional values with the contemporary world of business.
  • The Lost Children
    Thursday, January 2
    2:30 am on FNX 9.3
    During the mid-20th Century, thousands of Aboriginal children were taken from the care of their birth parents and put up for adoption, mostly to white middle class families in Canada and the United States. The Sharing Circle looks at cross-cultural adoption, coming home, and it's affects on the birth families, adoptive parents, and the adopted themselves.