Archive for June, 2013

Media Release: Telesat supports Johnny the lemming’s appeal for a new home

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

(June 12, Iqaluit, Nunavut) The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is pleased to announce Telesat’s donation to IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) Fundraising Campaign also known as “Johnny the lemming needs a new home!”

“IBC’s relationship with Telesat goes back to 1980 when the Inukshuk project began broadcasting via Telesat’s Anik B Satellite,” commented IBC Chair Madeleine d’Argencourt, “so it’s fitting they have given us this boost of encouragement and we are very grateful. Telesat’s support provides meaningful progress towards our goal of ensuring the NMAC becomes a reality.”

Headquartered in Ottawa, Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions in the North and worldwide to a broad range of customers. Paul Bush, Telesat’s Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, informed IBC of the donation stating, “Telesat recognizes how important IBC’s activities have been in helping maintain and develop Inuit language communications in Nunavut and is pleased to participate in this fundraising campaign. We have been actively involved in the Territory for decades and believe it can prosper through access to the latest technologies – whether satellite delivered broadband like Telesat demonstrated last fall in Nunavut, or having an up-to-date facility like the Nunavut Media Arts Centre. We are ready to bring state-of-the art communications to this community and Telesat’s contribution supports our vision of making Nunavut all it can be.”

The Nunavut Media Arts Centre will be Nunavut’s first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital audio, video, recording, performance and postproduction facility. By providing full-spectrum digital, high definition studio and editing capabilities, the new Centre will attract local and territorial freelancers, small to medium sized production companies, and other broadcasters – both Canadian and international – to work in Nunavut, creating a host of unprecedented opportunities for Nunavut talent.

The campaign has been raising funds and in-kind donations to complete construction of the $8.3 million NMAC by 2015. Applications to territorial and federal programs and the establishment of public and private partnerships are on-going.

Along with a number of staunch supporters on the NMAC Advisory Committee helping with fundraising plans, there is a growing list of contributors including: Nunavut’s Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Inuit Associations (incl. QIA’s donation of Inuit-owned land); Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency; Government of Nunavut – Economic Development and Transportation; R L Hanson Construction Ltd. (cartage); YAB Management; Kelly Huibers McNeely Professional Corp.; the Jackman Foundation; and a number of individuals including the former Executive Vice President of the Royal Bank of Canada, Charles S. Coffey, O.C., and Paddies on the Tundra.

Donations can be made on the campaign website at / A donor recognition program, downloadable from the site, is also in place.