Archive for October, 2012

Need for Inuit Film and Video Archives urgent

Friday, October 26th, 2012

In recognition of World  Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27, long-time IBC Executive Director, Debbie Brisebois, will present on the proposed Inuit Film and Video Archives at the Pan-Canadian Documentary Heritage Forum in Ottawa, November 6, 2012.

The Archives is part of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre to be built in Iqaluit by 2015. Preserving the 30 years of Inuit film and video productions, an unprecedented collection in Canada and perhaps around the world of Inuit social, political and cultural history, is urgent. The collection is currently at risk, spread out in facilities that cannot meet the necessary archiving standards for preservation. The clock is ticking!

Please join us in celebrating World  Day for Audiovisual Heritage on October 27 and watch the video featuring Marcel Caya, Chair of the Canadian ad hoc Committee for Memory of the World, Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Mr. Caya talks about audiovisual heritage and the urgency of preserving it.

From Cathy Towtongie, President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Iqaluit NU

Friday, October 5th, 2012


“IBC is a vital force in contemporary Inuit society, and an essential cultural and social element of Nunavut. They are a success story of which we can all be proud.  …

“NTI is proud to support IBC’s proposals for the next building phases, and we hope you share our appreciation of this important organization and initiative.” – Cathy Towtongie,

President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. – August 21, 2012 – Letter of Support

From Okalik Eegeesiak, President, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Iqaluit NU

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Today film and television programming produced by Inuit and by First Nations producers is taken for granted across Canada. We have a national Aboriginal television network, native films festivals, Oscar nominees, and awards from around the world. What is not often remembered is that this entire national movement began right here in our region – and that movement was led by the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.

“QIA facilitated access to the Inuit owned land in Iqaluit, where the concrete foundation of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre now lays ready for the building to begin. We also donated $100,000 in 2010…. I have also instructed my staff to continue to provide every assistance to IBC for the coming phases. … I am confident that our investments in IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre will yield great rewards for our people.” –

Okalik Eegeesiak, President, Qikiqtani Inuit Association – August 21, 2012 – Letter of Support