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Inuit Broadcasting Corporation A Window to the Arctic

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation provides a window to the Arctic by producing award winning television programming by Inuit, for Inuit. IBC is indeed, Nunavut’s public producer.


IBC does not produce the regular fare of TV sitcoms and talk shows. Instead, IBC producers make programming about one of the richest and enduring cultures in our nation, the Inuit of Canada, in the language Inuit speak…Inuktitut. We produce shows about our kids, our musicians, our politicians, our humour, our issues, etc. No one else can make these shows for us!


Our programming has been internationally recognized as one of the most successful communication models for developing nations. Our training programs have been emulated across Canada and the world beyond. With IBC, Canada has a national treasure that cannot be replaced.


Inuit communities are separated by huge distances in Nunavut, a region that makes up 1/3 of Canada’s landmass. The only way in or out of communities is by plane or skidoo. The only roads connecting communities are electronic. IBC programming travels by satellite via the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), an aboriginal network featuring Inuit, First Nations and Metis programming from across Canada and around the world.


IBC has 5 production centres scattered across Nunavut, with 29 Inuit staff at every level of the production chain, from director of network programming to technical producer to administrative assistant. All programming is conceived, designed and produced by Inuit, for Inuit.


IBC’s newest initiative is to train Inuit artists in the field of animation. In partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, IBC has acquired equipment, hosted workshops and sponsored four Nunavut artists to be trained at the Banff New Media Institute and to produce animated shorts for broadcast.


IBC is partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. Other sources include – Nunavut government programs, license fees, production funds, program sales, fundraising, etc.

 

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IBC was the first native language television network in North America and was the first indigenous media project in the world to broadcast by satellite.