Inuit Film and Video Archives

Inuinnaqtun version of this page

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) maintains a collection of approximately 40 years of priceless historic film and video material. It involves an estimated 9,000 hours of footage and completed programs valued at approximately $60 million dollars.

Since the 1970s, our videographers have been recording the beginning of a whole new stage in Inuit history; and they are doing it from the inside – from an Inuit perspective. They have captured the transition from dog teams 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 – their archived work represents a period that is absolutely unique in history.

Vision for the Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA)

A 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.


List of series in the collection with some descriptions

IFVA description, milestones & photos

IFVA Policies

The IFVA Procedures, which are under development, are available upon request to

IFVA postcard

Access to the Collection

You can access the IFVA in the following ways:

  1. Watch a variety of IBC’s past programs (over 1200) at the following locations: IBC (video descriptions), IBC-2, IBC-3, Takuginai Web Series 1 , Takuginai Web Series 2Takuginai Educator Series, and Pituqait Series at Isuma.TV and on the IBC channel on YouTube.
  2. Watch more of IBC’s programs at
  3. Visit the Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut to consult the Archivist (Gerry Philip) and use the public computer to search the video catalogue and/or view digital videos (free). These services are also available at IBC’s Ottawa office by request to
  4. Submit a search request for a specific program (first 2 hours free), and a copy ($) – Request form.


Acknowledgements We would like to thank the following for their financial contributions towards the development of the IFVA:

  • Government of Canada – Gouvernement du Canada
  • Government of Nunavut
  • Kakivak Association
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • Pairijait Tigumivik Society
  • Nunavut Film Development Corporation
  • Kitikmeot Inuit Association
  • Foundation for Endangered Languages.


We would also like to thank the IFVA Advisory Committee and their organizations for the gift of their time, ideas and support.