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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.

  • Letter from Athabasca
    Friday, June 5
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    George Poitras on "Bloody Oil." George gives is a OILSANDS 100 lesson about everything wrong with the Alberta Oil Sands development. He fights an often lonely battle against the behemoth energy dependent province he lives in.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 1
    Monday, June 8
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    What happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico? Who suffers the most and what, if any, is the impact of Native Americans who may live in the area? We bring the story to Canadian viewers from a unique Canadian voice and an eye to prepare for potential future impacts of resource development. We meet journalists, restaurateurs and some Cajuns. Oddly, the Native Americans who live in the area are unrecognized tribe.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 2
    Tuesday, June 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We meet Derek Billiot, a Houma Native American and self-described swampman. During the first few days of the oil disaster on April 20, 2010, He stood by listened and watched daily reports of the attempt to cap the oil leak as his tour operations started shutting down, like all other businesses in the parish of Plaquemines. The coast guard had shut down any unnecessary travel in the swamplands in southern Louisiana. When his phones started ringing again, it was the oil cleanup forces and that's when Derek went back to work for the Vessel of Opportunity. He didn't like what he saw.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 3
    Wednesday, June 10
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the bayou's of Louisiana there is great pride in their culture and accompanying cuisine. The history is much like that of Canada where a blending of cultures has resulted in one distinctive region that rates with French and Italian cuisine as among the classics. The unique blend of French and African immigrants with the local indigenous population is often called Creole. After the Treaty of Utrecht, the French who settled in Nova Scotia were expelled. We meet relatives of the French Acadians who moved to the area during the infamous Acadian Expulsion. We meet southern belle, Miss Laura Anne Chaisson.
  • Wild Rice
    Thursday, June 11
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the 1920's wild rice was brought to northern plains of Saskatchewan to help harvest food for muskrats. Indians were hired to grow it and before too long the Cree and Chippeweyan in the region became experts at growing the swampy grain. Nowadays, the Lac LaRonge Indian bands are among the worlds top growers. We look at their story of success. We also have some recipes with demonstrations on our website.
  • The Ooligan
    Friday, June 12
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Often called candlefish, Eulachon is a staple food source for northwest coast first nations. The tiny fish is threatened. Once plentiful in over thirty river systems, the Eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. The loss of the fish can be tragic for the tribes that rely upon the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. We go to one of the "Grease camps" in the Nass Valley and we meet the "Dirty Dozen" and watch as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.
  • Without Running Water
    Monday, June 15
    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.
  • Without Running Water, Part 2
    Tuesday, June 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.
  • Kitigan Zibi Waters
    Wednesday, June 17
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters
    Thursday, June 18
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters, Part 2
    Friday, June 19
    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.
  • Paddle to Squaxin
    Monday, June 22
    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.
  • Nala Winds
    Tuesday, June 23
    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.
  • Kwumut Lelum
    Wednesday, June 24
    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.
  • Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark
    Thursday, June 25
    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.
  • The Village Welcome
    Friday, June 26
    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.
  • Landings and Protocol
    Monday, June 29
    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.
  • Every Year The Salmon Come Back
    Tuesday, June 30
    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
    Wednesday, July 1
    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.
  • Xax fla lise sla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Endbridge Northern
    Thursday, July 2
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We visit the villages of "Old Town" Kitimaat and Q'ell, home to a small band of Tsimshian who are in the pathway of potential Tanker traffic. They are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art Sterrit and Gerald Amos show us the territory, a vast and open oceanic landscape that is full of life. This is the community where the BC Ferry, Queen of the North, sits at the bottom of the ocean floor a few short minutes from their doorstep.
  • Letter from Athabasca
    Friday, July 3
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    George Poitras on "Bloody Oil." George gives is a OILSANDS 100 lesson about everything wrong with the Alberta Oil Sands development. He fights an often lonely battle against the behemoth energy dependent province he lives in.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 1
    Monday, July 6
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    What happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico? Who suffers the most and what, if any, is the impact of Native Americans who may live in the area? We bring the story to Canadian viewers from a unique Canadian voice and an eye to prepare for potential future impacts of resource development. We meet journalists, restaurateurs and some Cajuns. Oddly, the Native Americans who live in the area are unrecognized tribe.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 2
    Tuesday, July 7
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We meet Derek Billiot, a Houma Native American and self-described swampman. During the first few days of the oil disaster on April 20, 2010, He stood by listened and watched daily reports of the attempt to cap the oil leak as his tour operations started shutting down, like all other businesses in the parish of Plaquemines. The coast guard had shut down any unnecessary travel in the swamplands in southern Louisiana. When his phones started ringing again, it was the oil cleanup forces and that's when Derek went back to work for the Vessel of Opportunity. He didn't like what he saw.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 3
    Wednesday, July 8
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the bayou's of Louisiana there is great pride in their culture and accompanying cuisine. The history is much like that of Canada where a blending of cultures has resulted in one distinctive region that rates with French and Italian cuisine as among the classics. The unique blend of French and African immigrants with the local indigenous population is often called Creole. After the Treaty of Utrecht, the French who settled in Nova Scotia were expelled. We meet relatives of the French Acadians who moved to the area during the infamous Acadian Expulsion. We meet southern belle, Miss Laura Anne Chaisson.
  • Wild Rice
    Thursday, July 9
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the 1920's wild rice was brought to northern plains of Saskatchewan to help harvest food for muskrats. Indians were hired to grow it and before too long the Cree and Chippeweyan in the region became experts at growing the swampy grain. Nowadays, the Lac LaRonge Indian bands are among the worlds top growers. We look at their story of success. We also have some recipes with demonstrations on our website.
  • The Ooligan
    Friday, July 10
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Often called candlefish, Eulachon is a staple food source for northwest coast first nations. The tiny fish is threatened. Once plentiful in over thirty river systems, the Eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. The loss of the fish can be tragic for the tribes that rely upon the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. We go to one of the "Grease camps" in the Nass Valley and we meet the "Dirty Dozen" and watch as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.
  • Without Running Water
    Monday, July 13
    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.
  • Without Running Water, Part 2
    Tuesday, July 14
    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.
  • Kitigan Zibi Waters
    Wednesday, July 15
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters
    Thursday, July 16
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters, Part 2
    Friday, July 17
    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.
  • Paddle to Squaxin
    Monday, July 20
    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.
  • Nala Winds
    Tuesday, July 21
    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.
  • Kwumut Lelum
    Wednesday, July 22
    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.
  • Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark
    Thursday, July 23
    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.
  • The Village Welcome
    Friday, July 24
    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.
  • Landings and Protocol
    Monday, July 27
    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.
  • Every Year The Salmon Come Back
    Tuesday, July 28
    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
    Wednesday, July 29
    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.
  • Xax fla lise sla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Endbridge Northern
    Thursday, July 30
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We visit the villages of "Old Town" Kitimaat and Q'ell, home to a small band of Tsimshian who are in the pathway of potential Tanker traffic. They are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art Sterrit and Gerald Amos show us the territory, a vast and open oceanic landscape that is full of life. This is the community where the BC Ferry, Queen of the North, sits at the bottom of the ocean floor a few short minutes from their doorstep.
  • Letter from Athabasca
    Friday, July 31
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    George Poitras on "Bloody Oil." George gives is a OILSANDS 100 lesson about everything wrong with the Alberta Oil Sands development. He fights an often lonely battle against the behemoth energy dependent province he lives in.

 

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  • Xax fla lise sla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Endbridge Northern
    Thursday, June 4
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We visit the villages of "Old Town" Kitimaat and Q'ell, home to a small band of Tsimshian who are in the pathway of potential Tanker traffic. They are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art Sterrit and Gerald Amos show us the territory, a vast and open oceanic landscape that is full of life. This is the community where the BC Ferry, Queen of the North, sits at the bottom of the ocean floor a few short minutes from their doorstep.
  • Drinking from My Mother's Well
    Wednesday, June 3
    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.
  • Every Year The Salmon Come Back
    Tuesday, June 2
    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.
  • Landings and Protocol
    Monday, June 1
    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.
  • The Village Welcome
    Friday, May 29
    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.
  • Maori Waka, Dugout Canoe and Birch Bark
    Thursday, May 28
    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.
  • Kwumut Lelum
    Wednesday, May 27
    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.
  • Nala Winds
    Tuesday, May 26
    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.
  • Paddle to Squaxin
    Monday, May 25
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters, Part 2
    Friday, May 22
    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.
  • Kanawake Waters
    Thursday, May 21
    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.
  • Kitigan Zibi Waters
    Wednesday, May 20
    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.
  • Without Running Water, Part 2
    Tuesday, May 19
    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.
  • Without Running Water
    Monday, May 18
    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.
  • The Ooligan
    Friday, May 15
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    Often called candlefish, Eulachon is a staple food source for northwest coast first nations. The tiny fish is threatened. Once plentiful in over thirty river systems, the Eulachon now returns to only three Canadian rivers and two in Alaska. The loss of the fish can be tragic for the tribes that rely upon the rich omega oils derived from rendering the fish. We go to one of the "Grease camps" in the Nass Valley and we meet the "Dirty Dozen" and watch as they render the fish oils for trade and consumption.
  • Wild Rice
    Thursday, May 14
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the 1920's wild rice was brought to northern plains of Saskatchewan to help harvest food for muskrats. Indians were hired to grow it and before too long the Cree and Chippeweyan in the region became experts at growing the swampy grain. Nowadays, the Lac LaRonge Indian bands are among the worlds top growers. We look at their story of success. We also have some recipes with demonstrations on our website.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 3
    Wednesday, May 13
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    In the bayou's of Louisiana there is great pride in their culture and accompanying cuisine. The history is much like that of Canada where a blending of cultures has resulted in one distinctive region that rates with French and Italian cuisine as among the classics. The unique blend of French and African immigrants with the local indigenous population is often called Creole. After the Treaty of Utrecht, the French who settled in Nova Scotia were expelled. We meet relatives of the French Acadians who moved to the area during the infamous Acadian Expulsion. We meet southern belle, Miss Laura Anne Chaisson.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 2
    Tuesday, May 12
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We meet Derek Billiot, a Houma Native American and self-described swampman. During the first few days of the oil disaster on April 20, 2010, He stood by listened and watched daily reports of the attempt to cap the oil leak as his tour operations started shutting down, like all other businesses in the parish of Plaquemines. The coast guard had shut down any unnecessary travel in the swamplands in southern Louisiana. When his phones started ringing again, it was the oil cleanup forces and that's when Derek went back to work for the Vessel of Opportunity. He didn't like what he saw.
  • The Gulf Story, Part 1
    Monday, May 11
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    What happened on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico? Who suffers the most and what, if any, is the impact of Native Americans who may live in the area? We bring the story to Canadian viewers from a unique Canadian voice and an eye to prepare for potential future impacts of resource development. We meet journalists, restaurateurs and some Cajuns. Oddly, the Native Americans who live in the area are unrecognized tribe.
  • Letter from Athabasca
    Friday, May 8
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    George Poitras on "Bloody Oil." George gives is a OILSANDS 100 lesson about everything wrong with the Alberta Oil Sands development. He fights an often lonely battle against the behemoth energy dependent province he lives in.
  • Xax fla lise sla: Ground Zero in the Battle Against Endbridge Northern
    Thursday, May 7
    2:00 pm on FNX 9.3
    We visit the villages of "Old Town" Kitimaat and Q'ell, home to a small band of Tsimshian who are in the pathway of potential Tanker traffic. They are fighting an active campaign against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Art Sterrit and Gerald Amos show us the territory, a vast and open oceanic landscape that is full of life. This is the community where the BC Ferry, Queen of the North, sits at the bottom of the ocean floor a few short minutes from their doorstep.
  • Drinking from My Mother's Well
    Wednesday, May 6
    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.
  • Every Year The Salmon Come Back
    Tuesday, May 5
    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.
  • Landings and Protocol
    Monday, May 4
    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.
  • The Village Welcome
    Friday, May 1
    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.