Archive for September, 2012

From Jean LaRose, CEO, APTN, Winnipeg MB

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“Sharing the facility with many media and arts entities will also greatly improve the opportunities for the creative expression and development of the artistic and cultural community in Nunavut. Space is at a premium in Iqaluit and this state-of-the art building will provide IBC and other media arts groups the opportunity to greatly benefit their respective operations. APTN enthusiastically supports this major project for Nunavut.” – Jean LaRose,

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network – September 1, 2012 – Letter of Support

From Heather Daley, E.D., Alianait Arts Festival, Iqaluit NU

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“The arts are thriving in Nunavut, thanks to the creativity, commitment and persistence of many individuals and organizations who use borrowed space and existing inadequate infrastructure, share equipment and resources and dedicate countless hours to build our arts industry. The Alianait Arts Festival has worked in partnership with IBC for the past 8 years. We look forward to new kinds of collaborations with IBC that would be possible in their planned building. I recommend and strongly support [their] proposal.” – Heather Daley,

Executive Director, Alianait Arts Festival (Iqaluit) – September 3, 2012 Letter of Support

From Mayor Redfern, Iqaluit NU

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“I will be meeting with IBC officials to discuss ways in which we can support their exciting initiative. In the meantime, please be assured that we view this as an important contribution to both the culture and economy of our city, and we extend to IBC our continued full support.” – Mayor Madeleine Redfern,

City of Iqaluit – September 4, 2012 Letter of Support

From Terry Audla, ITK President, Ottawa ON

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

“IBC is an example of what can be achieved when funding for cultural infrastructure meets Inuit talent and commitment. … We wish IBC every success in this venture.” – Terry Audla,

President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – August 7, 2012 Letter of Support

IBC’s NMAC Fundraising Campaign – Press Conference Photo

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Nunatsiaq On-line – Sept. 21, 2012: Debbie Brisebois, executive director of the Inuit Broadcasting Corp., Qikiqtani Inuit Association president Okalik Eegeesiak, Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, Madeleine d’Argencourt, the chairperson of IBC’s board, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Cathy Towtongie, Nunavut Commissioner Edna Elias and Elisapee Sheutiapik, the president of Pauktuutit national Inuit women’s association, stand together following the announcement of the IBC’s new fundraising campaign “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams.” The campaign wants to raise $8.8 million for the future Nunavut Media Arts Centre. “The concrete pad lies ready and waiting for the building in Iqaluit,” said d’Argencourt. “The up-to-date facility with modern equipment will enable IBC to continue to build on its impressive 30 year legacy of Inuit language programming.”
(PHOTO BY SAMANTHA DAWSON)

IBC launches “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams” Fundraising Campaign

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
IBC launches “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams”
Fundraising Campaign
(September 20, 2012, Iqaluit, Nunavut).
The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Nunavut’s public producer, today launched its new Fundraising Campaign “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams.” This campaign aims to raise funds and in-kind donations to complete construction of the $8.8 million Nunavut Media Arts Centre. Donations can be made on the campaign website at www.Sanavallianiq.ca / www.Building4Dreams.ca.

“The concrete pad lies ready and waiting for the building in Iqaluit,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt, IBC Chair. “The up-to-date facility with modern equipment will enable IBC to continue to build on its impressive 30-year legacy of Inuit language programming.” With a recent contribution of $105,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) towards project management, IBC is now able to turn the last number of years of planning into action.

Previous contributions from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Inuit Associations, CanNor, Government of Nunavut – Economic Development and Transportation, the Jackman Foundation, and Paddies on the Tundra went into building design costs and the preparation/installation of the foundation on Inuit-owned land donated by QIA. A donation by R L Hanson Construction Ltd. of local cartage service during construction has also been made.

“Due to the recent and persisting economic conditions, the building concept has had to be scaled back from over $13M to the current amount for an 8000 square foot building,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt.

IBC’s Fundraising Advisory Committee will meet this week in Iqaluit on Sept. 21-22 to help hammer out plans for fundraising activities and assist with connections in the public and private sectors. Members include: Madeleine d’Argencourt; André Bureau, Astral Media Inc.; Charles Coffey, O.C., Former Executive Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada; Bernadette Miqqusaaq Dean, IBC Vice President; Okalik Eegeesiak, President QIA; Anne Mikijuk Hanson, Former Commissioner of Nunavut; Senator Dennis Patterson; and, Christy Sinclair, ULU com.

The Nunavut Media Arts Centre, yet to be named by a $1M + donor (expected to come forward in the coming months), is scheduled to open in early 2015.

For more information and to donate please consult the Campaign website: www.Sanavallianiq.ca -or- www.Building4Dreams.ca.

For further information, please contact:
Debbie Brisebois
Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232 F: (613) 230-8824 E-mail: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca
In Iqaluit Sept. 20-28: Cell 613-795-3662 or IBC 867-979-6231
-or-

Catherine Carry
Project Manager, NMAC Fundraising Campaign
ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca / 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231

Nunavut Media Arts Centre Booth at Nunavut Trade Show

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Donations will be gratefully accepted towards the building fund next week at the NMAC Booth at the Nunavut Trade Show from Tuesday to Thursday, Sept. 25-27, 2012. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for donations over $20. Donations can also be made on-line at www.Sanavallianiq.ca or www.Building4Dreams.ca.

Previous contributions from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Inuit Associations, CanNor, Government of Nunavut – Economic Development and Transportation, the Jackman Foundation, and Paddies on the Tundra went into building design costs and the preparation/installation of the foundation on Inuit-owned land donated by QIA. A donation by R L Hanson Construction Ltd. of local cartage service during construction has also been made.

Contact: Catherine Carry, Project Manager, NMAC Fundraising Campaign
Toll-free: 1(800)267-8327 ext. 231 / T: (613)235-1892 ext. 231
E-mail: ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca

IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre Fundraising Advisory Committee to meet in Iqaluit on Sept. 21-22

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The Committee will help hammer out plans for fundraising activities and assist with connections in the public and private sectors. Members include: Madeleine d’Argencourt; André Bureau, Astral Media Inc.; Charles Coffey, O.C., Former Executive Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada; Bernadette Miqqusaaq Dean, IBC Vice President; Okalik Eegeesiak, President QIA; Anne Mikijuk Hanson, Former Commissioner of Nunavut; Senator Dennis Patterson; and, Christy Sinclair, ULU com.

Notice of Press Conference

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

IBC Launch of the “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams”  Fundraising Campaign for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre

Friday, September 21, 2012 – 10:00 a.m.

Inuit Broadcasting Building # 1085A – Mivvik Street (Airport Road) Green Room/Coffee Room

For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois
Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON  K2P 0G5
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232  F: (613) 230-8824
E-mail: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca

In Iqaluit Sept. 20-28: Cell 613-795-3662 or IBC 867-979-6231

-or-

Catherine Carry
Project Manager, NMAC Fundraising Campaign
ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca  / 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231

Kivalliq Inuit Association Commits $200,000 to the Nunavut Media Arts Centre

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kivalliq Inuit Association Commits $200,000 to the Nunavut Media Arts Centre

(November 11, 2011, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut)

The Kivalliq Inuit Association today announced a commitment of $200,000 to the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation for the construction of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre.

“KIA has always supported Inuit broadcasting, and IBC is an important part of today’s Inuit culture right across the Territory,” said Joe Kaludjak, President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association. “We’re proud to join the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in supporting the Media Arts Centre exciting new project.  It’s clear that Inuit everywhere in Nunavut want this to happen.”

The Kivalliq region has been an important part of the history of broadcasting in Nunavut, with two of the original Inukshuk project sites in Baker Lake and Arviat. The region is home to many of Nunavut’s most recognized and honoured broadcasters, from Super Shamou to Martin Kreelak. Lorne Kusugak was one of IBC’s founding directors, Jose Kusugak one of its most successful broadcasters, and the popular Charlie Panigoniak one of its first trainees.

Madeleine D’Argencourt, President of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, is delighted at the unanimous show of support from all of Nunavut’s Inuit Associations. “We are grateful and honoured to receive this donation from KIA. For thirty years now, the Kivalliq has always been a key source of talent, programming, inspiration and support for IBC. This generous contribution underlines the message that IBC is Nunavut’s broadcaster, serving and reflecting Inuit across the territory.”

Fundraising for the project is ongoing, and IBC is currently awaiting confirmation of Federal and Territorial commitments to the project. The Nunavut Media Arts Centre is scheduled to open in summer of 2013.

For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois
Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation

331 Cooper Street, Suite 301

Ottawa, ON  K2P 0G5

P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232  F: (613) 230-8824
E-mail: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca