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


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