Back in the Day
Six First Nations people from downtown Vancouver discover the wilds of British Columbia to reconnect with the traditions of their forefathers. They learn basic skills such as a traditional salmon catch and making their own shelters in the bush. How will these technology-loving city dwellers cope with the challenge of being taken back into their ancestral roots? Back in the Day is an intriguing journey delving into the past with the youth of today.
Blue Gap Boyz
In the small town of Blue Gap, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation three brothers known as James (Ernest David Tsosie, III), Jessie (Vincent Craig), and Jodie (James Bilagody).combine their talents to form the greatest band, (because it’s the only one), Blue Gap has ever known! The youngest of the three, James, a full time custodian at the local school, has the responsibility of being the band’s manager. James got the job as manager because he can’t play any instruments and/or sing and they didn’t have any other choices. The other two brothers, Jessie and Jodie, are the semi talented driving force behind the struggling band.
Separated at birth, these twin girls are completely unaware that the other exists, until a twist of fate sees them meet in Alice Springs. When the pair discover their connection, and decide they want to meet the parent they don’t know, they agree to swap lives ? just for a day.Little do they know what will go wrong. When each twin becomes stranded in the other’s world, the fun really starts.
First Nations Comedy Experience
A television series featuring Native American and World Indigenous comedians as well as some of the biggest names in stand up comedy.
Fish Out of Water
What happens when you take a couple of urban Indians out of their comfortable city environment and drop them smack dab in the middle of traditional Aboriginal culture’ You get Fish Out of Water. Join Don and Cree comic, Dawn Dumontas as they travel to native communities across Canada and the United States to try their hands at traditional survival skills that sustained Native people in the past and still continue today.
Q&A With the Host, Lucas Brown Eyes
Tell us about your series idea! What content areas are you exploring with the show, and how does the series relate to a national audience?
Growing up Native American you face a lot of stereotypes, but there is one that bothers me the most. This idea that “Native Americans are old fashioned and primitive.” This goes against my core being as tech nerd and my upbringing because I was raised by my mom, a Native American computer programmer. But this stereotype also does something far more insidious. Technology is inherently connected to intelligence. People assume the creators of it are geniuses as well the people who can easily understand it. This stereotype perpetuates the idea that Native Americans are primitive savages. Which is why I want to create a fun entertaining tech review show made by and starring Native Americans. (more…)
Hit the Ice
This series sees dreams come true as the best young hockey players from across Canada come together for a 2-week NHL-like training camp. From physical training, on ice drills and different team building activities, the 20 prospects will grow, not only as a team but also as men. The players are working towards the ultimate test; to showcase their game skills for the scrutinizing eyes of real life junior scouts.
Indians and Aliens
Indians and Aliens is a documentary TV series about encounters with unidentified flying objects in the Cree territories of northern Quebec. Our host Ernest Webb sets out on a northerly quest to investigate the growing amount of reports that come from his homeland. From the unexplained to the all-too-explainable: it is a slice of truly contemporary Native mythology, now taking shape in the Canadian north. “One thing is certain, with all the stories filtering in from the different communities, from so many different people, something is out there. The question is: what and who?”
Little J & Big Cuz
Little J, he’s five and Big Cuz, she’s nine. They’re a couple of Indigenous Australian kids living with their Nanna and Old Dog. Little J and Big Cuz are busy with the ups and downs of playground and classroom. There’s always something surprising going on whether it’s at school, in the backyard… or beyond. The gaps in Nanna’s ramshackle fence lead to Saltwater, Desert and Freshwater Country. With the help of Nanna and their teacher Ms Chen, Little J and Big Cuz are finding out all about culture, community and country.
Looking Toward Home
Looking Toward Home, is a one-hour documentary profiling the increasing number of Native Americans leaving the reservation for life in cities areas such as, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The life and times of urban Indians is shown primarily through the eyes of these individuals as they attempt to maintain their cultural identity while living away from the culturally nurturing climate of the tribal reservation. Narrator, Conroy Chino begins the urban Indian journey from relocation to current issues facing native people in urban environments. He describes the importance of community building, health care, education, and cultural identity while addressing the issue of overcoming community invisibility.
Mixed Blessings is a half-hour dramatic comedy series set in Fort McMurray, the ultimate Alberta boomtown. A Ukrainian plumber and a Cree waitress, both widowed with kids, fall in love and set up a new family together. Mixed Blessings explores the realities, the complexities, and the humour of blending two families and two very different cultures. Hank brings to the mix his daughter Vicky, his son Walt, his sister Doreen and his best friend Tazz. Josie is blessed with her sister Kate, her mother Kookum, her daughter Bobbie, and her sons Mick and Donnie.
After spending the last decade in Toronto, George, decides to return to his remote Northern Quebec community of Moose to manage the local community television station. Despite his rough edges (and a moral compass that needs repairing on occasion) his boyish charm and enduring optimism make him a born leader. Moose TV is on-air, and life in the sleepy little town of Moose will never be the same again.
More Than a Word
More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.
“Native Shorts presented by Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program” is a series that will feature short films produced, premiered or showcased at the Sundance Film Festival through its Native American and Indigenous Program, followed by a brief discussion with hosts Ariel Tweto (Flying Wild Alaska, Wipe-Out)an Inupiaq Eskimo from Unakleet Alaska and the Sundance Institute’s own Bird Runningwater, a Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache.
Oreland C Joe
Master Sculptor Oreland C. Joe shares his story from his yearnings as a child wanting to become an artist to his success as a Master sculptor.
Osiyo, Voices of the Cherokee People
Stories about the people, history and culture of the Cherokee Nation. Hosted by Jennifer Loren.
Pete & Cleo
From the award winning Holt Hamilton Productions comes the hilarious adventure comedy of two brothers born and raised in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Cleo (Beau Benally, Blue Gap Boy’z), a college loving student who is working on his master’s degree, returns to the Navajo Reservation over spring break to spend time with his family. While back on the ‘rez’, Cleo’s older brother Pete (Ernest David Tsosie, III, Blue Gap Boy’z), who never has or ever plans to leave the ‘rez’ and who still lives at home, wants nothing to do with his annoying little ‘white educated’ brother. The comedy really takes shape as their loving mother (Ethel Begay, Turquoise Rose) grows tired of their bickering and kicks them out of the house to go and clean out the family’s spare hoghan. Exploding with fun comedy for the entire family, the two brothers bring to the screen what it means to be family as they battle their way back to being brothers.
A 4-part documentary series that follows Derek Marsden, an Ojibway carpenter, as he travels the world to learn the ancient home building techniques of the world’s Indigenous and traditional cultures. His journey will take him to locations in Africa, Central and South America where he will live and work with people who are managing to maintain their customs and lifestyle.
FNX is proud to present the world premiere of our new music performance series STUDIO 49, featuring in-studio showcases by Native and World Indigenous artists!
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.
A rotating compilation of music videos featuring diverse talents of Native American & World Indigenous cultures. Different genres such as hip hop, rap, dance, rock, and many more are feautured on the AUX.
Touching the Past
Joe Morris Sr. shares his experience working as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II. Lying about his age to obtain a draft registration card, he was inducted into the Marine Corps in 1944. He was assigned to Navajo Communication School that was created to devise an unbreakable code based on the Navajo language for the military to use during combat. This film was created in an effort to preserve and share the story of the Navajo Code Talkers.
Ten-year-old T-Bear, 9-year-old Talon and 6-year-old Raven star in Wapos Bay, a light-hearted stop-motion animation series about growing up in a remote Cree community. In Wapos Bay, modern life and ancient traditions meet. Hunting and gathering, dog sledding and shimmering northern lights are part of every day, but so are video games, TV and cell phones. Guided by elders, extended family and their own insatiable curiosity, the three children learn how to balance traditional ways with newer ones. Their discoveries unfold against the backdrop of northern Saskatchewan’s varied seasons – winter, spring thaw, spring, summer, fall and freeze-up. As they explore the world around them, the three children acquire some valuable lessons about respect, cooperation, honesty and tolerance. And of course, they also teach the adults a few things.