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Qikiqtani Inuit Association Supports Nunavut Media Arts Centre

(March 29, 2011:  Iqaluit, Nunavut) Qikiqtani Inuit Association President Okalik Eegeesiak and Vice President George Eckalooktoday presented a $100,000 cheque to Madeleine d’Argencourt Chair of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC). The grant is QIA’s contribution in support of IBC’s Building Campaign for the Nunavut Media Arts Centre – the first full-scale, state-of-the-art, digital audio, video, recording, performance and post-production facilities in Nunavut. The Centre, which is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2013, will bring media arts in Nunavut to a new internationally-competitive level of production service and capacity.

“IBC’s Board of Governors truly appreciates the extraordinary support that QIA has shown to IBC, since our very first days in the early 1980s to our recent Media Centre Project," said d’Argencourt. "It was QIA's provision of Inuit owned land that turned the Centre from a thirty year dream to a reality. This most recent contribution will help us move to the next stage."

The Nunavut Media Arts Centre is expected to draw local and territorial freelancers, small to medium production companies, and other broadcasters – both Canadian and offshore – to work in Nunavut. The centre will also be an important venue for Nunavut independent video and film producers, and will promote and raise the profile of Nunavut’s performers and artists in all media.

To date architectural drawings and a comprehensive project plan have been completed, and a thermosyphon foundation system has been installed at the future location of the facility. The building lot is located on Inuit-owned land in the core of the business and government district of Iqaluit, minutes away from the Legislative Assembly. IBC will be launching a fundraising Building Campaign and website in the next few weeks; the Centre itself is expected to be in operation by the fall of 2013.

For further information, please contact:

Debbie Brisebois
Executive Director, Inuit Broadcasting Corporation

P: (613) 235-1892-232  F: (613) 230-8824  email: debbie@inuitbroadcasting.ca

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