Media Release: NTI President Candidates Respond to IBC Question

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – NTI President Candidates Respond to IBC Question (December 6, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario) On Friday, November 30, IBC president Madeleine d’Argencourt asked Nunavut Tunngavik’s candidates for president a question. Here is the preamble: “In NTI’s 2009/10 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society, Our Primary Concern: Inuit Language, it states thatPresenting the Inuit language in ways that appeal to young people is essential for use and transmission in informal settings.’ I think you will agree that the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation is doing its utmost to preserve and use the Inuit language and culture through its engaging public TV programs. The recent Nunatsiaq News article about Qanurli? attests to this – article link. “As you may know, IBC launched its Sanavalliarniq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams Fundraising Campaign this September in Iqaluit to gather support for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre building fund. All three regional Inuit associations have contributed funding. You can see the growing list of supporters: List of Donors.” The question was: If elected President of NTI, how would you support IBC and IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre building fund? Five candidates sent supportive responses by the Wednesday, Dec. 5 deadline in the following order: Gabriel Nirlungayuk,Mikidjuk Akavak, Jerry Komaksiutiksak, Paul Kaludjak, Bernadette Makpah Niviatsiak.See the top news story at www.Building4Dreams.ca for their responses.

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Attachments: 1. NTI Candidates’ Full Answers and 2. November 30, 2012 Letter of Request For further information, please contact: Debbie Brisebois Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232  F: (613) 230-8824  E-mail: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca -or- Catherine Carry Project Manager, NMAC Fundraising Campaign ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca / 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231 Attachment 1 – NTI Candidates’ Full Answers Answer 1 – Gabriel Nirlungayuk: I fully support that Nunavut needs its own Inuktitut programming.  Language is vital for a culture to survive. Visuals are also very important. The talent is there, along with many footage. NTI along with other Inuit organization needs to support this vital potential service. It is unfortunate that initial thoughts has gone astray with APTN. Lets work together and get the dream a reality.  IBC needs to be fully supported, both financially and morally, it can become self reliant. Answer 2Mikidjuk Akavak: Good morning from the Kitikmeot! If you were to elect me as your next Nunavut Tunngavik President there are some areas that I would strive to achieve with the NTI Board of Directors. Our language has survived for many years through means such as local radio societies that get minimal funding and yet they flourish in many Nunavut communities. It is no different with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation’s programming, IBC has made a huge contribution in keeping many Inuit traditional practices through their programming, it is vital that Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated back the initiatives of Inuit broadcasting in order that our language is taken to the highest level has Inuit language is most dear and near to the hearts of our wonderful elders who are the keepers of knowledge from our ancestors.  Without meaningful investment in Nunavut Inuit are up against official languages nationally that have the financial backing of the Federal government.  We need NTI to invest in Inuit language rather then telling governments to do it, because they have proven they as public governments have to treat all languages the same, this way Inuit have the freedom to create programming to suit the needs of Inuit communities.  Other indigenous groups around the world are looking at Inuit to revitalize their own languages, IBC is so important we take it for granted and it is time to put our money where our mouth is! Without Inuit language programming we are lost, without Inuit knowledge programming we become stagnent culturally, without the motivation of our ancestors we would not be here in Nunavut! Inuit knowledge is powerful! Answer 3Jerry Komaksiutiksak: IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre Building Fund Every stakeholder in Nunavut has certain amount of activities, events, and services it hosts. Buildings do not come cheap, and you need the help of the stakeholders and the communities for IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre building fundraiser come to fruition. Fundraising for IBC’s Nunauvt Media Arts Centre building projects should probably be tackled from several angles. You need all the money you can get, and just having one push for fundraising probably will not cover everything. Schedule a fundraising event. Fundraising for the building projects takes ingenuity, so be creative when thinking up fundraising ideas for your event. Fundraising for the building project can also take the form of a letter, either to various stakeholders to ask for their help, or to businesses/Government in the communities who have shown their generosity to the various fundraising activities in the past. Businesses/Governments are particularly useful to ask because they know how much fundraising for building efforts can help, as they know how much new buildings cost and everything that is involved. Explain in your letter exactly what your building fundraising is about, and the purpose of the new building. People are more likely to give to projects they understand something about. Answer 4Paul Kaludjak: I always supported the IBC efforts in doing inuktitut programing and hosting phone shows to education others about us Inuit of our life style traditions/legends and practices. I plan is to re-engage governments join our efforts improve our own programs that are existing to see if we can pool some of these benefits with our resources together, one of those could be to help build IBC into higher level inuktitut productions and resolve some of its challenges. One of those might be televising the beginning of NLCA. Start to finish and what its supposing to be doing today. This my thinking on IBCs question to canadidates. Answer 5Bernadette Makpah Niviatsiak: As the former VP of Finance I would ensure that grant money be allocated towards supporting promotion, retention of Inuit languages and culture by using IBC as main medium to partner with or having NTI run ads and information material on your network. I would also encourage the use of IBC television to hold periodical information sessions through on NTI’s current developments and future plans as they implement areas that affect or have an impact the Inuit Nunavut population. Especially as it relates to resource development across our territory. Finally if elected, I would be available to assist by any means possible by in your continued effort to fund raise for the Media Arts Centre. Good luck in you worthy plans and efforts for your new beautiful building. Note: While Cathy Towtongie was unable to meet the deadline, as past President of NTI, she sent IBC a letter of support in August 2012 available at: http://www.building4dreams.ca/category/get-inspired/ — Attachment 2: November 30, 2012 Letter of Request Dear Candidates for NTI President, On behalf of Madeleine d’Argencourt, President of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, I would like to invite you to respond to Madeleine’s question by answering this e-mail. In NTI’s 2009/10 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society, Our Primary Concern: Inuit Language, it states thatPresenting the Inuit language in ways that appeal to young people is essential for use and transmission in informal settings.” I think you will agree that the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation is doing its utmost to preserve and use the Inuit language and culture through its engaging public TV programs. The recent Nunatsiaq News article about Qanurli? attests to this – article link. As you may know, IBC launched its Sanavalliarniq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams Fundraising Campaign this September in Iqaluit to gather support for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre building fund. All three regional Inuit associations have contributed funding. You can see the growing list of supporters: List of Donors. Question: If elected President of NTI, how would you support IBC and IBC’s Nunavut Media Arts Centre building fund? We will post your responses on the NMAC website: www.Building4Dreams.ca. Sincerely, Catherine Carry, Project Manager NMAC Fundraising Campaign Inuit Broadcasting Corporation Television for, by and about Inuit ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca

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