Archive for December, 2015

IBC featured project at LAC announcement

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Yesterday, IBC was the featured recipient at the Library and Archives Canada funding announcement in Ottawa. IBC will use the funds to continue its archiving activities at the Inuit Film and Video Archives, including: work on the inventory of the collection, digitizing, cataloguing, asset management system development, and on-line uploading and tagging of videos. (Speaking Notes

Debbie Brisebois, IBC Executive Director speaking about IBC's archiving work at the LAC Announcement - Dec. 15, 2015

Debbie Brisebois, IBC Executive Director speaking about IBC’s archiving work at the LAC Announcement – Dec. 14, 2015.

Manitok Thompson, IBC Archivist Assistant with the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly at the LAC announcement - Dec. 14, 2015.

Manitok Thompson, IBC Archivist Assistant with the Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly at the LAC announcement – Dec. 14, 2015.

NMAC Grand Opening – Dec. 2 – Community Feast and Entertainment Donors

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

IBC wishes to send a very big thank you to the following for their contributions to our Community Feast and Concert in Iqaluit on December 2, 2015. The feast and concert were part of our Grand Opening celebrations for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre.

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Atuqtuarvik Ltd.
Baffin Canners
Charles S. Coffey, O. C.
Government of Nunavut – Culture & Heritage
Grind & Brew
I Like Cake
Kitikmeot Inuit Association
Leesee Papatsie
Livingstone Architect
NAC’s Music Alive Program: Nunavut
NAC’s partner, First Air
NCC Development Ltd.
NCC Properties Ltd.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc,
Qikiqtaaluk Corporation
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Royal Bank of Canada
Travis Daley

The Community Feast, followed by very talented young musicians, was a huge success! There was plenty of food for everyone. Many thanks to Inuksuk High School for the use of their facilities. Thank you also to all who joined us for tours of the building, including the media.

Donors for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre can contact or use this link: to donate on-line.

Press Release

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) will officially open December 2, 2015 in Iqaluit. The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is proud to announce that after many years and much hard work, the facility has been designed, built and equipped. It is the first full scale, state of the art digital facility for audio/video recording, performance and post production in Nunavut available to local and territorial freelancers, performers, artists and production companies working in Nunavut. The facility includes a studio suitable for live programming and has the capacity for live studio audiences. NMAC also houses the Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA), established to preserve and store the priceless collection of historic film and video shot by Inuit since the 1970s.

NMAC is a 1.5 story, fully accessible building located at 1356 Federal Road on Inuit owned land leased from the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. The total targeted cost for the building, equipment and associated items was $8.6 million. Through partnerships, government and private sector funding, and corporate and individual donations, a total of $7.3 million was raised. IBC will continue to seek the remaining $1.3 million, which is required for additional equipment, training and office furniture.

Throughout the process of building NMAC many new partnerships were formed which IBC will maintain. IBC will continue to seek opportunities for more collaboration as a new era of Inuit language media production begins.

An open house will be held on Wednesday, December 2nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The “Donor Wall” will be unveiled and tours of the facility will be conducted. On Wednesday evening, a community feast will be held at Inuksuk High School beginning at 6:00 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., young musicians from all 3 regions of Nunavut will present a collaborative performance. Everyone is invited to all activities to join in the celebration.

“We are very proud of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre – a foundational element of our cultural infrastructure, a made in Nunavut design, a landmark for Iqaluit, a showcase for Nunavut and a significant milestone in our cultural history”, said Bernadette Dean, Vice-President of IBC.   “We are also extremely happy to be able to host a celebration, made possible by supporters such as QIA, QC, NTI, NCC Properties, NCC Development, Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Royal Bank of Canada, Mr. Charles S. Coffey, Atuqtuarvik Corporation, Livingstone Architect, Government of Nunavut – Culture and Heritage, Baffin Canners, I Like Cake, National Arts Centre – Music Alive Program: Nunavut, and First Air.”

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For information, contact

Debbie Brisebois
Tel: 867-979-6231 Cell: 613-795-3662