IBC launches “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams” Fundraising Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
IBC launches “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams”
Fundraising Campaign
(September 20, 2012, Iqaluit, Nunavut).
The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Nunavut’s public producer, today launched its new Fundraising Campaign “Sanavallianiq Isumagijaujunut – Building for Dreams.” This campaign aims to raise funds and in-kind donations to complete construction of the $8.8 million Nunavut Media Arts Centre. Donations can be made on the campaign website at www.Sanavallianiq.ca / www.Building4Dreams.ca.

“The concrete pad lies ready and waiting for the building in Iqaluit,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt, IBC Chair. “The up-to-date facility with modern equipment will enable IBC to continue to build on its impressive 30-year legacy of Inuit language programming.” With a recent contribution of $105,000 from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) towards project management, IBC is now able to turn the last number of years of planning into action.

Previous contributions from Nunavut’s Kitikmeot, Kivalliq and Qikiqtani Inuit Associations, CanNor, Government of Nunavut – Economic Development and Transportation, the Jackman Foundation, and Paddies on the Tundra went into building design costs and the preparation/installation of the foundation on Inuit-owned land donated by QIA. A donation by R L Hanson Construction Ltd. of local cartage service during construction has also been made.

“Due to the recent and persisting economic conditions, the building concept has had to be scaled back from over $13M to the current amount for an 8000 square foot building,” said Madeleine d’Argencourt.

IBC’s Fundraising Advisory Committee will meet this week in Iqaluit on Sept. 21-22 to help hammer out plans for fundraising activities and assist with connections in the public and private sectors. Members include: Madeleine d’Argencourt; André Bureau, Astral Media Inc.; Charles Coffey, O.C., Former Executive Vice President, Royal Bank of Canada; Bernadette Miqqusaaq Dean, IBC Vice President; Okalik Eegeesiak, President QIA; Anne Mikijuk Hanson, Former Commissioner of Nunavut; Senator Dennis Patterson; and, Christy Sinclair, ULU com.

The Nunavut Media Arts Centre, yet to be named by a $1M + donor (expected to come forward in the coming months), is scheduled to open in early 2015.

For more information and to donate please consult the Campaign website: www.Sanavallianiq.ca -or- www.Building4Dreams.ca.

For further information, please contact:
Debbie Brisebois
Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
331 Cooper Street, Suite 301
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G5
P: (613) 235-1892 ext. 232 F: (613) 230-8824 E-mail: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca
In Iqaluit Sept. 20-28: Cell 613-795-3662 or IBC 867-979-6231
-or-

Catherine Carry
Project Manager, NMAC Fundraising Campaign
ccarry@inuitbroadcasting.ca / 1-800-267-8327 ext. 231

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