Kivalliq Inuit Association Commits $200,000 to the Nunavut Media Arts Centre

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Kivalliq Inuit Association Commits $200,000 to the Nunavut Media Arts Centre

(November 11, 2011, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut)

The Kivalliq Inuit Association today announced a commitment of $200,000 to the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation for the construction of the Nunavut Media Arts Centre.

“KIA has always supported Inuit broadcasting, and IBC is an important part of today’s Inuit culture right across the Territory,” said Joe Kaludjak, President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association. “We’re proud to join the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association in supporting the Media Arts Centre exciting new project.  It’s clear that Inuit everywhere in Nunavut want this to happen.”

The Kivalliq region has been an important part of the history of broadcasting in Nunavut, with two of the original Inukshuk project sites in Baker Lake and Arviat. The region is home to many of Nunavut’s most recognized and honoured broadcasters, from Super Shamou to Martin Kreelak. Lorne Kusugak was one of IBC’s founding directors, Jose Kusugak one of its most successful broadcasters, and the popular Charlie Panigoniak one of its first trainees.

Madeleine D’Argencourt, President of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation, is delighted at the unanimous show of support from all of Nunavut’s Inuit Associations. “We are grateful and honoured to receive this donation from KIA. For thirty years now, the Kivalliq has always been a key source of talent, programming, inspiration and support for IBC. This generous contribution underlines the message that IBC is Nunavut’s broadcaster, serving and reflecting Inuit across the territory.”

Fundraising for the project is ongoing, and IBC is currently awaiting confirmation of Federal and Territorial commitments to the project. The Nunavut Media Arts Centre is scheduled to open in summer of 2013.

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

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