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ᐱᖓᓲᓕᖅᓯᐅᑦ, ᒪᔅᓯ 8th, 2017

For Immediate Release: Inuit Film and Video Archives Moving Forward

(March 8, 2017 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) has made considerable progress with the Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA) as it works to fulfill its vision, which is:

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.

“IBC would like to thank Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada for providing a 2016-17 contribution of $43,812 for archiving activities,” says Madeleine d’Argencourt, IBC Chair. The activities include refreshing a portion of the on-line archival videos. Over the coming months, approximately 200 of these can be found at, IBC’s newest Channel on the Isuma web platform. Descriptions for a number of the videos on IBC’s other Channels have been added as a part of this project.

“Our sincerest appreciation also goes to the Government of Nunavut’s Department. of Culture and Heritage for its 2016-17 contribution of $40,000 to assist with further IFVA development and conservation activities,” says d’Argencourt. This includes the finalization of the IFVA Policies Manual now available on-line at University professors from Queen’s and UBC guided the development of the manual aligning it as much as possible with Canadian archiving best practices. Especially worthy of note, the manual includes the policies governing acquisition of film and/or video that can be donated by individuals and organizations to the IFVA. Individuals and institutions can donate film and/or video meeting the acquisition criteria as capacity permits.

“There has been a lot of Inuit history, culture and other valuable information recorded over the last 40 years that is in the IBC Inuit Film and Video Archives” said Manitok Thompson, Archivist Assistant at IBC. “I can say that these [on-line] videos are Inuit made and in the Inuit language and include a number of dialects. They are definitely useful for educational purposes at all levels.”

The Inuit Film and Video Archives was established to preserve and store the priceless collection of historic film and video shot by Inuit since the 1970s. Annually, IBC has been digitizing a small portion of this estimated 9000-hour collection. Selections (primarily in Inuktut) are uploaded to the Internet for the public to view. Other parts of the digital collection can be viewed by visiting the Nunavut Media Arts Centre in Iqaluit and consulting the Archivist. For more information on the IFVA and its services, including catalogue searches, video copies, and more links to on-line videos, please see the IFVA web page:

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For information, contact:

Debbie Brisebois
IBC Executive Director
Tel: 613-235-1892 ext. 232

IBC welcomes Gerry Philip as Multi-media Archivist

ᓇᒡᒐᔾᔭᐅ, ᔪᓚᐃ 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

ᓇᒡᒐᔾᔭᐅᓕᖅᑭᑦ, ᑎᓯᕝᕙ 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

ᐱᖓᓲᓕᖅᓯᐅᑦ, ᑎᓯᕝᕙ 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

ᓇᒡᒐᔾᔭᐅᓕᖅᑭᑦ, ᑎᓯᕝᕙ 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

ᕿᑎᖅᑰᑦ, ᐊᑦᑐᕙ 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!

ᐅᓪᓗᕈᓘᑐᐃᓇᖅ, ᐊᑦᑐᕙ 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

ᕿᑎᖅᑰᑦ, ᔪᓚᐃ 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

ᕿᑎᖅᑰᑦ, ᔪᓂ 26th, 2014

Please see the media release.

NMAC construction begins.

Photo courtesy of Clarence Synard of NCC Development Ltd.

14-05_NMAC Site - NCC sign

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

ᐅᓪᓗᕈᓘᑐᐃᓇᖅ, ᐊᑦᑐᕙ 4th, 2013

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