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
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.