Archive for September, 2013

Northern News Services: Article on NMAC partnership announcement

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013: IBC to get new home – $5.1-million facility expected to be completed by 2015. Written by Cody Punter.

NUNAVUT :
Nunavut’s television and film industry got a huge boost on September 25, as the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) announced that it will be building the Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) in Iqaluit.

“This has really been a long time coming,”said Debbie Brisebois, executive director at IBC. “Hopefully it opens a lot of opportunities for a lot of people.”

The NMAC will be Nunavut’s first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital audio, video, recording, performance and post-production facility.

The IBC currently has a studio, but it is housed in an old government building, which was not intended to be used as a studio.

“It’ll be a facility that will be more conducive for more production,” said Brisebois of the new centre.

According to Brisebois, IBC has been expanding in recent years. It has even started producing original shows, including the popular ‘Qanurli?’.

Qanurli?’s producer Stacey MacDonald said the upgrades are very much needed.

“We’re already spilling out of our office. We don’t have a lot of space,” said MacDonald.

On top of the lack of space, MacDonald said the current studio has poor sound quality.

“If you listen closely to our show, you can probably hear a low-pitched hum,” said MacDonald.

The centre will also house the Inuit Film and Video Archive.

Brisebois said the IBC currently has over thirty years worth of archived footage that need a home.

“Really at this point, they’re not stored properly, and worst of all, they’re not accessible to the public,” said Brisebois.

By providing a digital, high definition studio with editing capabilities, Brisebois hopes the new centre will offer a forum for new talent to thrive, from local and territorial freelancers, to medium-sized production companies and international broadcasters.

“Hopefully this will provide the opportunity to expand,” said Brisebois.

Three Inuit-owned firms – Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, NCC Properties Limited and Atuqtuarvik Corporation – will partner with IBC in the construction and financing of the project

Together, the three firms and IBC have formed a new company, Sanavallianiq Limited, with the specific intention of completing construction of the NMAC.

Construction is expected to begin next summer and it is hoped the Arts Centre will be complete in early 2015.

The cost of the new building, $5.2 million, will be funded and administered by Sanavallianiq Ltd.

The foundations for the building were installed several years ago and will be re-used for construction of the new centre.

Brisebois said IBC is still working on obtaining financial support for $3.1 million for the furniture, modern media equipment and other related costs.

She said IBC is continuing to apply to territorial and federal programs. It is also actively seeking the establishment of public and other private partnerships.

“I feel quite optimistic now that we’ve entered into a partnership,” said Brisebois. “That’s our next big step.”

Nunatsiaq News: Article on NMAC Partnership Announcement

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Nunavut – September 26, 2013 – 1:43 pm:

IBC teams up with Inuit orgs for media arts centre construction

Sanavallianiq Ltd. will administer the building’s $5.2 million construction

Estimated to cost $8 to $10 million, the new media arts centre, spearheaded by the Inuit Broadcasting Corp., would provide Nunavut’s first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital recording and production facilities. (FILE PHOTO)
Estimated to cost $8 to $10 million, the new media arts centre, spearheaded by the Inuit Broadcasting Corp., would provide Nunavut’s first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital recording and production facilities. (FILE PHOTO)

The Inuit Broadcasting Corp. has created a new company to look after the building of its future Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit.

The IBC announced Sept. 25 that it has partnered with three Inuit-owned development companies, Qikiqtaaluk Corp., NCC Properties Ltd. and Ataqtuarvik Corp., to move the project ahead.

“Sharing IBC’s vision, QC, NCC and AC have partnered together as shareholders in our new company, Sanavallianiq Limited, specially formed to complete the media arts centre construction,” said IBC chair Madeleine d’Argencourt in a Sept. 25 release.

“After many months of development, we are ecstatic to announce this dream.”

Sanavallianiq will administer the building’s direct construction costs of $5.2 million, while the IBC continues to look for another $3.1 million to finance the purchase of furniture, media equipment and other related costs, IBC said.

The remainder of the money will be raised through the Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujanut campaign, better known as “Johnny the lemming needs a new home!” campaign.

The campaign has been raising money to complete construction of the $8.3 million centre by 2015.

Contributors to this fundraising campaign include Telesat Canada, the satellite communications company, which said this past June that it would donate money to the centre’s construction expected to start up in summer 2014.

The centre will be the territory’s first full-scale, digital audio, video, recording, performance and post-production facility, housing the Inuit film and video archive.

And the IBC hopes the new facility will attract production companies and broadcasters from across the country and around the world to work with Nunavut’s talent.

The centre was previously scheduled to open in Iqaluit in 2013, when it was estimated to cost about $10 million.

Donations can be made on the campaign website.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nunavut Media Arts Centre partnership reached

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

(September 25, 2013 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is pleased to announce a new partnership formed to complete the construction of its Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC). Three Inuit-owned firms, Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC), NCC Properties Limited (NCC) and Atuqtuarvik Corporation (AC) have agreed to partner with IBC in the construction and financing that will see the NMAC built on its existing foundation in Iqaluit.

“After many months in development, we are more than ecstatic to announce this very significant milestone in achieving our dream,” commented IBC Chair Madeleine d’Argencourt. “Sharing IBC’s NMAC vision, QC, NCC and AC have partnered together as shareholders in our new company, Sanavallianiq Limited, specifically formed to complete the NMAC construction.” This strong partnership will bring together IBC’s knowledge of the requirements of media production with QC and AC’s extensive records of economic business development and NCC’s expertise in construction. “QC is very pleased to have brought a solid financial and construction team to this most important partnership” commented Harry Flaherty.

Sanavallianiq Ltd. will administer the building’s direct construction costs of $5.2 Million. We are still working on obtaining financial support for $3.1 Million for the furniture, modern media equipment and other related costs.

The remainder of the funds will be raised through the activities of the Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams Fundraising Campaign (popularly known as ‘Johnny the lemming needs a new home!’).

Applications to territorial and federal programs and the establishment of public and other private partnerships are on-going.

With construction to begin next summer and completion expected in early 2015, the Nunavut Media Arts Centre will be Nunavut’s first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital audio, video, recording, performance and postproduction facility, and it will house the Inuit Film and Video Archive. 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.

Along with a number of staunch supporters on the NMAC Advisory Committee assisting with fundraising plans, our growing list of contributors includes: 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); Telesat; YAB Management; Kelly Huibers McNeely Professional Corp.; Jackman Foundation; and a number of individuals including the former Executive Vice President of the Royal Bank of Canada, Charles S. Coffey, O.C.

Donations can be made on the campaign website at www.Sanavallianiq.ca / www.Building4Dreams.ca. A donor recognition program, downloadable from the site, is also in place.

About Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
Qikiqtaaluk Corporation is a wholly owned Inuit birthright corporation created by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. With close to 30 years in business in Nunavut in most economic sectors of activity, QC aims to become a major contributor to all segments of the Nunavut economy. QC’s purpose is to provide direct employment and financial opportunities to Inuit within and outside the Qikiqtani Region. By balancing tradition with innovation, QC strives to improve the social and economic well-being of all people in the Qikiqtani Region.

About NCC Properties Ltd.
Incorporated in 1999, NCC Properties Ltd., as a subsidiary of the Inuit-owned NCC Investment Group Inc., offers commercial, residential and industrial space, built to standards of excellence by NCC, in 11 Nunavut Communities. Their mission is to keep their tenants warm, dry and well ventilated, 24/7. The NCC Investment Group Inc. was incorporated in 1996 to build, own and lease infrastructure required by the Government of Nunavut. Their shareholders are Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, Sakku Investments Corporation, Kitikmeot Corporation and Nunasi Corporation.

About Atuqtuarvik Corporation
Atuqtuarvik Corporation is an investment company that was created by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and Nunavut Trust to help ensure direct Inuit participation in major economic opportunities. The corporation provides loans and equity investments to Inuit-owned businesses for the purpose of business start-ups, acquisitions and expansions. Since commencing operations in June 2000, Atuqtuarvik Corporation has supported the development of numerous business ventures throughout Nunavut in a variety of market sectors. Through its success in providing loan and equity investments to viable Inuit-owned businesses, the corporation is playing a leading role in building a strong and self-sustaining Nunavut economy.

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For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois, Executive Director
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON  K2P 0G5
1 (800) 267-8327 ext. 232
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232
F: (613) 230-8824
debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca
In Iqaluit Sept. 23-27: Cell 613-795-3662 or IBC 867-979-6231

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Catherine Carry, Project Manager
NMAC Fundraising Campaign
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 231
ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca

OK Society supports the NMAC’s Inuit Film and Video Archive

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

“Forty years of priceless film and video shot by Inuit since the 1970s is definitely an irreplaceable cultural treasure chronicling and documenting the history of Nunavut, and early on, some of our own region’s historical development….

“The IBC collection is highly significant and in this regard, it is important to recall our own tragic loss on March 28, 2005 when our headquarters … burnt to the ground. … Losses of our sister organizations have also occurred, so the Inuit Film and Video Archive project is overdue and urgent.”

Morris Prokop, Executive Director OKâlaKatiget Society – August 14, 2013 – Letter of Support