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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

Nunavut Media Arts Centre fundraising update

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 02, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) is pleased to announce new funding received for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre (NMAC) equipment infrastructure and training, and the continued development of its Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA). “We are very grateful for each and every one of the contributions received in recent months,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt, IBC Chair.

“The Department of Economic Development and Transportation is proud to support the new IBC media centre. This state-of-the-art centre will give Nunavummiut opportunities to express themselves creatively using video, audio, and various other forms of media. In supporting this centre, we hope to create a stronger infrastructure for the arts and media in our territory; keeping us competitive in today’s global information, entertainment and technology economy,” said Minister of Economic Development and Transportation Monica Ell-Kanayuk.

“The Department of Culture and Heritage actively supports community programs and special projects that further enhance our unique culture and languages. The IBC continues to produce Inuit language content, and to make archival material available for Nunavummiut. Based on available resources, we were able to support their efforts in this area,” said Minister of Culture and Heritage George Kuksuk.

Government of Nunavut: $369,000 -NMAC media equipment and related training, wheelchair infrastructure, and IFVA development – Phase 2

Government of Canada: $85,092 -IFVA development – Phase 2 and IFVA Takuginai children’s videos

Pairijait Tigumivik Society: $65,000 -IFVA equipment infrastructure

Kakivak Association: $57,307 -NMAC planning and IFVA training

Qikiqtani Inuit Association: $15,000 -NMAC equipment infrastructure

Nunavut Film Development Corporation: $10,000 -IFVA training costs

NCC Development Limited: $5,000 -NMAC signage

“Our fundraising goal to construct the NMAC, fully equip it and train staff, and development of the IFVA is $8.6 million. To date we have achieved $7.2 million and continue to fundraise for the remaining balance. This includes additional required media and studio equipment, related training, IFVA development and our Grand Opening scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd” said Ms. d’Argencourt.

For more information on the IFVA, please see http://www.building4dreams.ca/about-ifva/.

Donations towards the NMAC and/or the IFVA can be made at: www.Sanavallianiq.ca / www.Building4Dreams.ca. The current list of donors is featured.

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or further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois, Executive Director
Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
309 Cooper Street, Suite 310 Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5                                                  
T: 613-235-1892 ext. 232                                            
F: 613-230-8824 debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca

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Catherine Carry, Project Manager
NMAC Fundraising Campaign
T: (613) 235-1892 ext. 231 / 1 (800) 267-8327 ext. 231
ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca

 

 

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 Building4Dreams.ca for how to donate and recognition levels, e-mail ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca or call Catherine at 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231.

Inuit Film and Video Archives Announcement

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
Loretta Kanatsiak, IBC Multi-Media Archivist

Loretta Kanatsiak, IBC Multi-Media Archivist

IBC would like to extend a warm welcome to Loretta Kanatsiak (bio), who has filled the new position of Multi-media Archivist for the Inuit Film and Video Archives located at the Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Loretta and other Iqaluit staff are receiving archival training on site and through distance courses until March 2016. The training program will assist IBC in developing its archiving policies and procedures to preserve and promote its extensive and historic Inuktut video collection. This groundwork will also assist IBC with the development of partnerships that assist other holders of Inuit film and video in the future.

Check out the Nunavut Media Arts Centre’s newest photos – our signs are up!! Thank you NCC Development!!

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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We have approximately $1.8 Million left to raise for new media equipment, training on that equipment, furniture and related costs. See: How to make a Donation

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 http://www.building4dreams.ca/about-ifva/. 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: www.Sanavallianiq.ca / www.Building4Dreams.ca. The list of donors is also featured there.

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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
debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca

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

                                         

 

 

NMAC Exterior Completed & Video

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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The Nunavut Media Arts Centre exterior has been completed. The photos, courtesy of Livingstone Architect, were taken March 20/15. Finishing touches continue on the interior. Signage planning is underway.

We have raised $6.6 Million and have approximately$2 Million left to raise for new media equipment and training on that equipment, furniture and related costs.

Please watch our fundraising video.

Inuktitut version:

English version:

NMAC construction update and video

Monday, March 9th, 2015

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The Nunavut Media Arts Centre construction is nearing completion. The photos, courtesy of NCC Development Ltd., were taken February 27/15.

Since then, the building exterior is now complete and finishing touches are being done on the interior.

We have raised $6.6 Million and have approximately$2 Million left to raise for new media equipment and training on that equipment, furniture and related costs. Please watch our fundraising video.

Inuktitut version:

English version:

Watch our new NMAC video!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We are happy to announce the completion of our new fundraising video for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre! Enjoy! We have raised $6.6 Million and have approximately $2 Million left to raise.

Inuktitut version:

English version:

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund – IFVA contribution

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

News Release – Minister Leona Aglukkaq Announces Funding to the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation

Communiqué – La ministre Aglukkaq annonce l’octroi de fonds à l’Inuit Broadcasting Corporation