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Media Release: Inuit Film and Video Archive Under Development

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

(October 8, 2014 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is pleased to announce the funding received for its Inuit Film and Video Archive (IFVA) development project. “We are very grateful for the funding that has been provided by Canadian Heritage (Museums Assistance Program), Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (Cultural Education Centres Program) and the Government of Nunavut Department of Culture and Heritage,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt, IBC Chair.

IBC maintains an archive of over 30 years of priceless, Inuit oral and visual historic material, involving an estimated 9000 hours of footage valued at approximately $60 million dollars. Since the 1970s, IBC’s videographers have been recording the beginning of a whole new stage in Inuit history; and they are doing it from the inside – from the Inuit perspective. They have captured the transition from dogteams to digital phones; they chronicled the division of the territories, the creation of key national Inuit organizations, the concept and signing of Inuit land claims, the creation of Nunavut, and the evolution of a new political, socio-cultural environment.

“As a proud Inuk, I’m proud that our Government is supporting the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation in its efforts to preserve and present Canada’s Inuit heritage,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council. “The importance of Inuit culture and history cannot be understated as it has played a significant role in making Canada what it is today. This project will directly help current and future generations learn about Inuit history.”

The IFVA will be an integral part of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) in Iqaluit, now under construction. “This will be the place where IBC’s collection, and ultimately portions of the collections of other holders of Inuit film and video, can be preserved through digitization, physically and electronically protected, managed by a trained archivist, promoted publicly, accessible and searchable through an Internet portal, and sustainably and frequently used for educational and other purposes,” said Ms. d’Argencourt.

In 2006, IBC began work to determine how to safeguard the collection. In partnership with Library and Archives Canada, a risk assessment was conducted and then a preservation report was prepared outlining archival activities and a training framework.

There has been some progress towards protecting the collection using external agencies for digitization. This has been possible through financial contributions over the last six years from the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage ($163,000) and now, from the Canadian Heritage contribution ($116,639) and the AANDC (CECP) contribution ($76,409).

The main activities for the development work currently underway include preparing an inventory of the collection in Iqaluit, Taloyoak and Rankin Inlet, digitizing and uploading portions to the Internet for public access and purchasing archive equipment. In addition, IBC is developing a customized training program for an Inuit beneficiary to train as the archivist at the IFVA. Training spots will also be offered to IBC’s partners advising the project.

IBC is fortunate to have advisors on this important project representing the following organizations: Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Nunavut Film Development Corporation, Inuit Heritage Trust, Archives Council of Nunavut, Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Nunavut Arctic College, Piksuk Media Inc. and Inuit Communications Systems Ltd. Several others are expected to join the Advisory Committee in the near future.

Donations towards the IFVA and/or the NMAC can be made to the building fund at: /


For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois, Executive Director
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5

In Iqaluit Oct. 6-10:
Cell: 613-795-3662 or IBC: 867-979-6231


Catherine Carry, Project Manager NMAC Fundraising Campaign
P: 613- 235-1892 ext. 231 / 1 -800- 267-8327 ext. 231
F: 613-230-8824
Cell: 613-761-1967