Current IBC programs: There are currently five regularly scheduled programs created by IBC. All are broadcast on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).
This is the premiere Aboriginal language program in North America directed at children. Takuginai is one of IBC’s longest running, best known and most loved programs. The series features the likes of “Johnny” the lemming and other locally made puppets and young hosts. Takuginai educates Inuit children with cultural values such as respect for elders, sharing and patience and having fun in the process. Takuginai also teaches Inuktitut numbers and syllabics. Takuginai was created for the five to seven year-old age group however the show is enjoyed by people of all ages. We have now begun the process of training people to do basic computer animation. Takuginai is a half-hour program produced in Iqaluit with segments also being provided by our other centres. Language: Inuktitut (English voice-over available).
IBC’s only live production, the phone-in show Qanuq Isumavit? enables the northern audience to discuss current issues and events in detail. Topics cover a wide range of “things on people’s minds” – parenting, health care, language, Inuit knowledge, climate change, sled dog slaughter and other important topics. The phone-in show runs weekly airing for 90 minutes and is for the 18 to 60 age group. Language: Inuktitut.
Qanurli? is a 13-part magazine-style series for Inuit youth on today’s issues and culture from a Northern perspective. Contemporary in its visual style and attitude, Qanurli? reflects current youth programming on network channels. It shows the everyday life of Inuit youth and offers a unique perspective on modern Inuit humour. Each episode contains a variety of segments including: profiles of talented and inspirational Nunavut youth; humorous updates from “Sivalaaq (the biscuit) News”; commercials for outrageous products and imagined sponsors; random original comedy skits and hilarious parodies; and, Qanurli? hosts, Inuk and Nipangi, trying their best to produce the show within a show, simply called “Show”! Language: Inuktitut (English sub-titles).
Ilinniq is a 13-part series targeted to a general adult audience. Political and social development in Nunavut has occurred at a rapid pace since Inuit leaders first gathered at Carleton University in the 1970s. In a relatively short period of time, Inuit have moved from outpost camps to organized communities. Many people from many different walks of life have experienced this dramatic change firsthand. This series takes a look at 13 people from politicians to elders to communicators and see how the political and social development shaped their lives. This series provides an understanding as to why these people are seen as “celebrities” in Nunavut. Language: Inuktitut (English sub-titles).
Niqitsiat features the preparation and cooking of Inuit traditional foods. Healthy eating and living are promoted through the depiction of delicious and easy to prepare, locally available food. Hosted by Rebecca Veevee, some episodes feature a “guest” assistant cook. The origin of the food source is also presented – from the sea, from the ice, from the tundra and/or from the air. Niqitsiat is a half-hour program for a general audience. Language: Inuktitut (English sub-titles). Previous productions: