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White Water, Black Gold

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"White Water, Black Gold follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world's thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain ice fields that are the source of the industry's water, to the Tar Sands tailing ponds, where thousands of migrating birds have unwittingly landed and died ... White Water, Black Gold is a sober look at the untold costs associated with developing this major oil deposit, and raises important questions about how much environmental damage we're willing to tolerate to feed our oil appetite"--Container.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Victoria Park: A Generation of Bocce

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The story of an endearing group of aging Italian-Canadians who for the past fifty years have gathered together to play bocce ball in an East Vancouver community park. These lively and fiercely competitive old-timers are a beloved neighbourhood institution and an important part of the city's living history and culture. Located in what was once considered Vancouver's thriving Little Italy, Victoria Park, and the surrounding Commercial Drive area, is slowly losing its Italian roots as new immigration from Italy all but disappears. As a sign of the times, just as Tracey began filming, the park was slated for major re-construction, leaving the aging gentlemen without their familiar gathering place for months and possibly changing their community's landscape forever. The film also follows [...]
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Island of Shadows: The D'Arcy Island Leper Colony, 1891-1924

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A documentary about the treatment of Chinese dying of leprosy in Canada and their incarceration on D'Arcy Island off the west coast of British Columbia. When the first case of leprosy appeared among Chinese labourers in the early 1890s, civil officials panicked. Although medical officials knew that leprosy is not seriously contagious, the victims were banished to the virtually "escape-proof" island. Their only contact with the outside world was the visit of a supply ship every three months bringing food, clothing, opium and coffins. The dying were to bury the dead themselves. Although medical officers condemned the conditions, nothing was done. The story focuses on Lim Sam, a composite character emblematic of the Chinese men banished to D'Arcy Island. The conditions for the Chinese o [...]
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Little Sister's vs. Big Brother

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Shows how a "single bookstore took on the government's Customs office that had seized thousands of gay-themed books and magazines at the border, claiming the material was pornographic"--Container.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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I Wanna Be Adored

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Young people in British Columbia who live alternative lifestyles discuss their philosophies of life and the reasons why they shun traditional modes of dress, corporate structures, mass media, and consumerism.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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Flipping the World: Drugs Through a Blue Lens

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"Captures the reactions of seven high school students with a history of substance abuse as they are brought face-to-face with men and women struggling to break their addictions, as well as with a group of police officers, the force behind this video, that has dedicated itself to deterring teens from using drugs"--Films for the Humanities web site.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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In the Land of the War Canoes: A Drama of Kwakiutl Indian Life on the Northwest Coast

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Presents an epic saga of Kwakiutl Indian life on the northwest coast of America as filmed in the summer of 1914 at Kwakiutl villages on Vancouver Island, Canada, by Edward S. Curtis who spent three years with the Kwakiutl to meticulously recreate their way of life before the white man came. In addition to magnificent painted war canoes, the film features native costumes, dancing and rituals -- including a powerful scene of vision quest. Edited and restored with the addition of an authentic sound track of music and chants recorded by the Kwakiutls in 1972.
DVD
2000; 1973
Clemons (Stacks)
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Tracing Roots

Tracing Roots is a portrait of an artist and a mystery. The film follows master weaver and Haida elder Delores Churchill on a journey to understand the origins of a spruce root hat found with Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi, the Long Ago Person Found, a 300-year-old traveler discovered in Northern Canada in a retreating glacier. Delores's quest crosses cultures and borders, involving artists, scholars and scientists, raising questions about the meaning of connection, knowledge and ownership.
Online
2015; 2014
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Through a Blue Lens

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Examines the life of addicts on the east side of downtown Vancouver. Constable Al Arsenault, along with 6 other policemen, have formed a non-profit group dubbed the Odd Squad. They have videotaped the stories of addicts who tell who they are and how they got to the streets. Intended to help prevent drug use among young people. Contains coarse language and graphic scenes.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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British Columbia

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By examining the early history of the area, the film shows how blacks influenced British Columbia to join the Confederation of Canada instead of becoming part of the United States. Member of a series: Hymn to Freedom: The History of Blacks in Canada.
Online
1998
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Words of the Elders [electronic resource]: Saving Aboriginal Languages

Duncan McCue profiles one native community's struggle to preserve their indigenous language - and the hard, often unheralded, work of individuals recognized as language keepers. Arvid Charlie is among the last generation raised speaking Hul'qumi'num, the Coast Salish language spoken by the Cowichan people in BC. Like most of the 88 aboriginal languages in Canada, Hul'qumi'num is teetering on the brink of extinction. For elders like Arvid, sharing and documenting the language is a race against time. Their work embraces new technologies so that the language, culture and teachings can be reawakened in younger generations.
Online
2009
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Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada [electronic resource]

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Program 25.1 examines the cultural conflicts that developed when thousands of wealthy immigrants from Hong Kong changed the face of housing in Vancouver, B.C. Program 25.2 traces government initiatives for French-language only education in the Province of Québec and how these initiatives have affected new immigrants and Francophone families who want their children to learn English.
Online
2003
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British Columbia, Canada [electronic resource]: Don't Forget Your Passport

The rugged Rocky Mountains in western Canada with their glacial peaks and pristine lakes are the backdrop for Gordon Sivell's tour of British Columbia. He visits a working cattle ranch, mountain bikes with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, enjoys a hearty pancake breakfast on the Trans-Canada Highway, and tours a pioneer village where he discovers the spirit of early settlers is alive and well in the Okanagan Valley region of Vernon.
Online
2006
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The Poet of Trauma Farm [electronic resource]: Brian Brett

This episode of The Green Interview features Brian Brett, a passionate and diverse award-winning Canadian novelist, critic, and poet. His latest book, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, is a lyrical, honest, and often amusing portrayal of rural life interspersed with thought-provoking reflections about the modern world, and rooted throughout by a profound knowledge of biology and botany. It is his memoir based on the last 18 years spent tending a small mixed farm-affectionately named Trauma Farm-on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In his book-and in this Green Interview-Brett explores the social realities of rural community life and the consequences of our estrangement from the interconnectedness of all things.
Online
2012
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Box of Treasures

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Shows the Kwakiutl of Alert Bay, Vancouver, as they redefine their cultural idenity while constructing a center to house masks and other potlatch valuables. Also addresses the changing role of language, art, and ritual in the context of the modern economy.
VHS
1983
Ivy (By Request)
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Silence of the North

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The autobiography of a girl, then a trapper wife, and later a widow with three small children surviving under rugged pioneer conditions in northern Alberta Canada from the early l900s through to the Depression.
Laserdisc
1995; 1981
Ivy (By Request)
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Da Vinci's Inquest: Season 1

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Working with police and pathologists while fighting bureaucratic resistance, Vancouver city coroner Dominic Da Vinci relies on high-tech forensic science and old-fashioned shoe leather to illuminate the murky world in which men and women commit murder.
DVD
2006; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Da Vinci's Inquest: Season 2

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Follows the adventures of Dominic Da Vinci, coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, as he investigates suspicious deaths along side the police.
DVD
2007; 1998
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mountain Climbing in British Columbia [electronic resource]

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Mountain climbing in Canada, produced by the Ford Motor Company.
Online
1916
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Salmon Wars [electronic resource]: Wild Fish, Aquaculture and the Future of Communities

This documentary explores net cage salmon aquaculture and its social, economic and environmental impacts on nearby communities. The film surveys industry representatives, community activists, scientists, environmentalists and politicians, including Nova Scotia's Minister of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Environment. Financed entirely by citizen donations and designed for free distribution on the internet, Salmon Wars probes not only our stewardship of the oceans, but also the alliances between industry and government, the ability of local communities to influence their own futures, and the health of democracy in Atlantic Canada.
Online
2012