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IBC welcomes Gerry Philip as Multi-media Archivist

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation would like to welcome Gerry Philip to the position of Multi-media Archivist for the Inuit Film and Video Archives located at the Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Gerry has completed the IBC Multi-media Archivist Training Program courses. Among his many duties, Gerry will be assisting to preserve the treasured IBC video collection through digitization. (Announcement PDF)

Gerry Philip photo


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

Be a part of Nunavut history – NMAC nearing completion

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

In the next couple of months, a substantial portion of the new media equipment needed to bring IBC’s Iqaluit production centre up-to-date will be installed in the Nunavut Media Arts Centre. When that is done, IBC will proceed to host its Grand Opening (date coming soon). As part of that event, we plan to unveil a large plaque with many names to demonstrate our appreciation for the generous donations and contributions that have helped bring the NMAC into existence and operation.

This is a last call to make a donation and have your name included on the plaque for future NMAC users and visitors to appreciate. The deadline for the final list is Friday, October 23, 2015.

Please see for how to donate and recognition levels, e-mail or call Catherine at 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Heehee haha – oooooooooooooo!

From all of us at IBC.

Photo credit of Takuginai’s Granny : Melanie Legault Halloween Granny

CBC Northbeat on IBC’s NMAC sod turning

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

On June 26, 2014 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, IBC held their Sod Turning event marking the beginning of construction for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre. The short but sweet CBC Northbeat good news storybegins at 37:32 min.

NMAC Sod Turning Event Today in Iqaluit

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Please see the media release.

NMAC construction begins.

Photo courtesy of Clarence Synard of NCC Development Ltd.

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Ottawa: IBC partners with Toyota Canada’s ‘Corolla Search’ today

Friday, October 4th, 2013


Today, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is holding a fundraiser for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) in conjunction with a Toyota Canada ‘Corolla Search’ marketing event. Toyota recently sent 95 2014 Corollas to locations across Canada for the contest. At 10:00 a.m. this morning, the secret Ottawa location of one of their cars was made known to contest participants: the parking lot of 331 Cooper Street. The parking space was organized by IBC through The Regional Group, property manager of the building where IBC has an office. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., IBC staff will be on hand (rain or shine) with the Toyota reps, and will be handing out information about the NMAC building fund and receiving donations. Toyota will be making a contribution to the NMAC.

Donors of $20 or more can have their pictures taken with a Takuginai (children’s show) puppet from noon until 1:30 p.m. and receive a photo fridge magnet and charitable tax receipt.

In order to participate in the Corolla Search, contestants either download the ‘App’ or play on Facebook. A YouTube video of instructions is available on the Toyota Canada website. Contest prizes include 1 of 5 2014 Corollas, and eight Tablets and 100 gift cards are given away each week.

This NMAC fundraiser follows last week’s partnership announcement for the financing and construction of the building to be completed in early 2015.

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Some of IBC’s Ottawa staff and Takuginai puppets with Toyota Canada’s ‘Corolla Search’ reps. Photo credit: Melanie Legault

CRTC Chair and CEO, Jean-Pierre Blais meets Johnny, the lemming

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Jean-Pierre Blais with Johnny, the lemming on the Takuginai children's show set.

Jean-Pierre Blais with Johnny, the lemming on the Takuginai children’s show set.

Mr. Blais, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) visited Iqaluit this past March along with Ms. Duncan, a CRTC Commissioner, to discuss communications issues in the North one-on-one. They toured IBC’s current facility and learned about the Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams fundraising campaign.