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Samaqan Water Stories

North America's Indigenous people have always had a sacred relationship with water. Watch and get a new and refreshing perspective on a most precious resource - a resource to be protected, not a commodity to be exploited. SAMAQ'AN looks at the spiritual and physical connections to water.

  • Thursday, May 23
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Another community struggles with their water issues and have grown tired of boiled water advisories. See how Kanawake, home of the Mohawk nation living right by the St. Lawrence Seaway, is handling this serious on-going problem.
  • Tuesday, May 28
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The Mohawk are resilient and show an affinity to water with a long history of athleticism. In part two of the Kanawake community?s issue with water problems, we talk to Olympic athletes Waneek Horn Miller and Alwyn Morris to give us a unique perspective of their connection to water.
  • Thursday, May 30
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The annual canoe journey along the Pacific coast of British Columbia is a major summer event that has grown in numbers over the years. In this episode we meet Arvid Charlie, canoe builder and captain of the canoe family of the Cowichan tribe.
  • Tuesday, June 4
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Nala Winds is a young canoe family from Bella Bella who takes part in the annual canoe journey. They are featured in this episode as they launch their expedition out of beautiful Cowichan Bay.
  • Thursday, June 6
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We meet the children in care and Elders of Kwumut Lelum from Nanaimo, BC, who partake in the annual canoe Tribal Journey as part of their healing.
  • Tuesday, June 11
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The Tribal Journey continues. One of the unexpected outcomes of this remarkable journey is that it has inspired people on a global scale. This episode features an international canoe family.
  • Thursday, June 13
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Landing to a warm village welcome makes the Tribal Journey a little easier while adhering to traditional ceremonial procedures. Each family gets stronger as they meet various challenges along the way.
  • Tuesday, June 18
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The canoes land in the port of Olympia, traditional shoreline of the Squaxin tribe, to great fanfare, pomp and ceremony. This is a beautiful ceremony that has not been often documented by the media.
  • Thursday, June 20
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The salmon used to be one of the most prolific species of fish in the ocean. In recent years there has been a decline in the return of salmon stocks on the west coast and people's concerns know no boundaries.
  • Drinking from My Mother's Well
    Tuesday, June 25
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The final episode of season three features an inspiring personal essay about how to maintain our physical and spiritual connection to water.
  • Introduction
    Thursday, June 27
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Samaqan Water Stories- On one of our stories we take you to a place that is very sacred by the Tall Ten People of Northern British Columbia. From this area comes the story of the Clubanay.
  • Akwiten
    Tuesday, July 2
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    When an ancient Maliseet canoe emerges out of a European collection no one knew that the art of canoe building was emerging as well. Kim and Wayne Brooks have become central figures in the rebirth of the birch bark canoe with some help from unlikely friends. So when the news arrived that the Museum of Civilization would bring back the canoe for restoration it was a moment of joy filled with emotion and inspiration. We see the making of the canoe and watch her glide upon the gentle waters of the Wolostok, the beautiful river.
  • Remembering Celilo Part 1
    Thursday, July 4
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The Story of the Columbia River dams and how a fishery survives.
  • Remembering Celilo Part 2
    Tuesday, July 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    How the Dalles Dam affected the Nez Perce and Klickitat people.
  • Haida Gwaii
    Thursday, July 11
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Haida Gwaii goes to the northern archipelago on Canada's West Coast where ecology, economy, culture and traditional knowledge all hold value. Subsistence harvesters, biologists and artists talk about the strategy of marine protection and the link between oceans and Haida art and culture
  • Akwesasne Part 1
    Tuesday, July 16
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Exploring human connections to water in the indigenous world, and how they are a mix of physical and spiritual, pragmatic and soul-nourishing.
  • Akwesasne Part 2
    Thursday, July 18
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Samaqan Water Stories- Purpose for development was for society to gain jobs and build an economy. Due to the pollution from the development, the community became down stream,down gradiant, and down air from the industries and it became the communities problems.
  • Posonut - Baskets
    Tuesday, July 23
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Learn how to make a Posonut Basket.
  • Sacred Head Waters
    Thursday, July 25
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    On this episode of Samaqan Water stories we take you to three major river systems: The Nas, The Skeena and the Stakteen of Northern British Columbia.
  • Fraser River Pt. 1
    Tuesday, July 30
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The river Stalow meaning people of the river, it is important part of the people because it runs through the middle of their territory.
  • Fraser River Part 2
    Thursday, August 1
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The Fraser River is one of the most exploited and industrialized rivers in the continent. Farms and pulp mills dot the landscape and have altered the health of the river with no slow down of activity in sight. The North part of the Fraser River is home to the Musquoi people who have witnessed many changes to the Fraser Basin.

 

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  • Tuesday, May 21
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Kitigan Zibi, formerly known as Maniwaki, P.Q, has had its fair share of boiled water advisories. Hear how this Algonquin nation beat the odds and developed a water treatment plant that stopped the frequency of boiling their water.
  • Thursday, May 16
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Families in Island Lake, Manitoba struggle without running water. The challenges include raising healthy children, keeping their homes clean and water delivery systems.
  • Tuesday, May 14
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Even today many First Nation communities are faced with living without running water in their homes. Visit St. Theresa Point in Manitoba to see how they are providing clean drinking water to their communities.
  • Thursday, May 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Tuesday, May 7
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Thursday, May 2
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Tuesday, April 30
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Thursday, April 25
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Tuesday, April 23
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Khalalesia: The Wake of the Tankers
    Thursday, April 18
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The local cost of Tankers on the west coast.
  • Tuesday, April 16
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
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  • Fish Lake Part 2
    Thursday, April 11
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Gathered together for their 18th Annual Gathering at Fish Lake, the community is fighting to save Fish Lake frome being drained by mining companies.
  • Fish Lake Part 1
    Tuesday, April 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Many Natives come together to save Fish Lake from being drained from mining companies.
  • Fraser River Part 2
    Thursday, April 4
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The Fraser River is one of the most exploited and industrialized rivers in the continent. Farms and pulp mills dot the landscape and have altered the health of the river with no slow down of activity in sight. The North part of the Fraser River is home to the Musquoi people who have witnessed many changes to the Fraser Basin.
  • Fraser River Pt. 1
    Tuesday, April 2
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    The river Stalow meaning people of the river, it is important part of the people because it runs through the middle of their territory.