Archive for May, 2015

NTI contributes to the Inuit Film and Video Archive infrastructure

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

 May 27, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is pleased to announce new funding received for its Inuit Film and Video Archive (IFVA) equipment infrastructure. “We are very grateful for the contribution that has been provided by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.,” 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 9,000 hours of footage valued at approximately $60 million. Since the 1970s, IBC’s videographers have recorded Inuit history from the Inuit perspective. They have captured the transition from dog-teams to digital phones; they chronicled the division of the Northwest 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.

“The IBC archives are incredibly important to Inuit and all Canadians. The preservation of these materials is an important step in implementing Article 34 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, which calls for the preservation of ethnographic and archival materials and requires for them to be made available to the public. IBC’s footage will unlock the past and teach us more about Inuit culture,” said NTI President Cathy Towtongie.

The IFVA is an integral part of the recently constructed Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) in Iqaluit. “This is 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, made 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 (LAC), a risk assessment was conducted and then a preservation report was prepared outlining archival activities and a training framework. An archivist in specialized media from LAC continues to assist the project in an advisory capacity.

Federal infrastructure investments involving the IFVA were announced last October along with Government of Canada and Government of Nunavut contributions aimed at safeguarding and promoting portions of the collection.

For more information on the IFVA, please see Available there are the following resources: a description of the IFVA; a list of series in the collection captured in the electronic catalogue with some descriptions; a search request form; and, links to viewable selections of digital videos. This summer, IBC will begin to implement its Multi-Media Archivist Training Program for its staff and several participants for other Nunavut organizations. Fundraising for that project and other aspects of the IFVA and the NMAC are on-going.

IBC is fortunate to have advisors on the IFVA project representing the following organizations: Kitikmeot Inuit Association (on behalf of Channel 51 Cambridge Bay and Taloyoak TV Network), Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Nunavut Film Development Corporation, Inuit Heritage Trust, Archives Council of Nunavut, Nunavut Arctic College, Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum, Piksuk Media Inc., Arviat Film Society, Pond Inlet Archives, and Inuit Communications Systems Ltd.

Donations towards the IFVA and/or the NMAC can be made to the building fund at: / The list of donors is also featured there.


For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois, Executive Director        
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
T: 613-235-1892 ext. 232
F: (613) 230-8824


Catherine Carry
NMAC Fundraising Campaign Project Manager
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 231 / 1 (800) 267-8327 ext. 231