Documentary Projects

Sinixt Stories: Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds

Sinixt Stories: Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds invites listeners to experience Indigenous Sinixt Culture through traditional and contemporary Sinixt stories and discussions about those stories.  Sinixt storytellers and knowledge-keepers Marilyn James and Taress Alexis take us on 22 captivating and informative journeys, each show illuminating different aspects of this ancient culture.  Join them to meet the trickster Snk̓lip and the other Animal Beings who people the stories of the captikʷɬ, the Sinixt oral history.  Though the Sinixt continue their deep ancestral relationship with their homeland at the headwaters of the Columbia River, they were declared extinct by the Canadian government in 1956. Sinixt Stories:  Ancestral Roots, Cultural Seeds is one step on the Sinixt journey to reclaim their rights and responsibilities in their x̌aʔx̌aʔ tum xúlaʔxʷ – their sacred homeland.

This series was produced by Catherine Fisher with the assistance of the Blood of Life collective including Marilyn James, Taress Alexis, Axel McGown, K.L. Kivi, Amber Santos and Alison Christie.  The work of the Blood of Life collective has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Aboriginal Storytelling Program, the BC Council for the Arts and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance of the Columbia Basin Trust.  Thanks to the vital support of the Nelson and District Women’s Centre and Kootenay Co-op Radio. You can follow the ongoing work of the Blood of Life Collective on our Facebook page.

Episodes can be found here




National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is April 10-16th, and Kootenay Co-op Radio has teamed up with a regional social service agency and the Castlegar Violence Against Women in Relationships Committee to help raise awareness about Victims of Crime. This pilot project between our community radio sector and social service agencies will help to build mutually beneficial partnerships.

Provided below are 6 public service announcements,  30 seonds long bringing awareness to the diversity of Victims' voices. Please right click on the links below in red and "save as" to download each of the 6 PSAs. If you are interested in adding recognition of your local social services agency, you may record an added line at the end of the PSA.


Children & Youth as Victims of Crime

Community Corrections Branch

Aboriginal People as Victims of Crime

Seniors as Victims of Crime

Women as Victims of Crime

Victim Services


Kootenay Co-Op Radio has also produced a 1 hour radio show which includes interviews with victims and support workers, highlighting the support a victim can receive and the steps involved from victimization to survival and recovery. The fully produced radio show is available to download here:

DOWNLOAD VOICES OF VICTIMS.  (Please right click on the link and "save as" to download).

 Thanking you in advance for partaking in this project and helping to create awareness of victims of crime.


 Live Here Work Everywhere

A series of 12 half-hour documentaries produced  at Kootenay Co-op Radio in 2004.

These shows were be broadcast on Kootenay Coop Radio CJLY - 93.5 FM and produced as a package of CD's, which are available from our office.

The people profiled in this series could do their work anywhere, but they have chosen Nelson, British Columbia. Here's Nelson's resume: population 10,000, hard to get to, vibrant artist community, wilderness on the doorstep, stunning diversity of different kinds of people, logic-defying number and variety of businesses, high unemployment rate, no big industrial employers, beautiful old architecture, urban atmosphere, intense political life (unheard-of voter turnout at municipal elections), lots of educational institutions, residents passionate about the place. You'll hear this unique character reflected over and over again in this series, in which we profile 30 innovative business people who work in Nelson but whose clients and customers are elsewhere.

The people we profile in this series do a dazzling variety of scientific, artistic, and industrial work. We did not interview people who spend most of their time out of town-consultants, for example, of which there any many in Nelson. We stuck with people who do the actual work here, for clients or customers outside the area.

People like to talk about their work. If they are passionate about that work, they can be very interesting to listen to. You'll notice that here, in parts 1-10 of this series-you'll be drawn into these stories of physics, green tea, automotive electronics, genetics, body lotions, vintage mystery novels, mountain bikes, board games, film-making, and the design of all sorts of things including textiles, software, maps, book covers, logos, houses, and clothing.

We asked these 30 creative people why they like living in Nelson. Most of them admitted they could make more money if they were located in a big city, but they are committed to staying in Nelson. They gave four main reasons: the arts scene, outdoor recreation, the attractive downtown, and the diversity of kinds of people living in Nelson.

In parts 11 and 12 of this series we explore those four factors in depth. We talk with some Nelson residents, including a past mayor and the current one, about the historical and economic reasons why Nelson is so unique. And we interview several international experts on some intriguing big-picture questions. How are people's reasons for choosing a place to live changing? What are the components of quality of life? What specific qualities of cities attract high-tech people, business people, and tourists? Is an economy based just on small business sustainable, and what about business who have no local customers? We found the answers to these and other questions extraordinarily relevant to Nelson.

Nelson is not an easy place to make a living because there aren't many jobs. There is no lumber mill, plywood plant, pulp mill, mine, smelter or large factory, so the few jobs that do exist don't necessarily pay well. Those who decide to stay here have to create their own work, or bring it with them from the outside. And they cannot rely just on local customers, because the population is so small. Many who can't adjust to this reality end up leaving. In this series, we explore Nelson's self-selected culture of entrepreneurism, which has resulted in a per-capita number of business licenses 2.5 times the national average. The internet has expanded market possibilities to the entire world. In this series you will meet 30 people who live in Nelson and work in this expanded world.

Rural Vocations - Stories of Work in the West Kootenay.

Twelve 30 minute audio documentaries that highlight personal accounts of employment stories in the West Kootenay.

This series aired during Kootenay Coop Radio's fall 2002 broadcast season, was distributed to campus and community radio stations across the country, as well as placed in regional libraries and schools to be used as an employment resource.

To make a living in the Kootenays there is a lot of adapting to do. This series of documentaries is about ways people are adapting to high unemployment rates, globalisation, industrial downsizing, government downsizing, a high tech revolution, and other unique challenges facing rural workers.


1. Tangible Results - Trades and Tradespeople in the West Kootenay
2. Zen Door Knockers and Tea Light Houses - Artists and Craftspeople in Nelson
3. Live Here and Market your Product to the World - 3 West Kootenay Manufacturers
4. A Symphony of Adventure - Backcountry Guiding in the West Kootenay
5. The Voice in the Wood - Two West Kootenay Value-Added Wood Producers
6. Reinventing Yourself -Downsized Industrial Workers in the West Kootenay
7. Specialisation is For Insects - Working the Flexible Economy in the West Kootenay
8. Proud to Contribute - Volunteers in the West Kootenay
9. Youth and Employment in the West Kootenay, Part 1
10. Youth Link Time - Youth and Employment in the West Kootenay, Part 2
11. Bring me Solutions, Not Problems - How to Get a Job in the West Kootenay and Keep It.
12. Creating Worlds that Don't Exist (Or Do They?) - 3 West Kootenay Web Designers

Rural Vocations was made possible by a Job Creation Programme grant from Human Resources Development Canada, with additional funding from the Columbia Basin Trust.

Keeping the Lakes' Way: the past, present and future of the Sinixt Peoples. 

A one hour radio documentary written and produced by Freya Zaltz, Stevland Ambrose, Shannon Hammond and Aaron Desilets. With technical assistance provided by Kootenay Co-Op Radio, this work was completed as a part of the 1999 Earth Matters Program. Available Here


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