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Takuginai (Look Here):
This is the premiere aboriginal language program in North America directed at children. 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 5 to 7 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)

Qanuq Isumavit?  Phone-In (What Do You Think?):
IBC's only live production, the phone-in show Qanuq Isumavit? enables the northern audience to discuss current issues and events in detail.  Topics have included suicide prevention, aboriginal health issues, sled dog slaughter, Inuktitut language services, and climate change.  The phone-in show runs weekly airing for 90 mminutes and is for the 5 to 60 age group.

Ilinniq (Learning):
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 1970’s.  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 will take a look at thirteen 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.

Qanurli? (What’s Next?)
Qanulie? is a magazine program for Inuit teenagers.  Qanulie? is contemporary in its visual style and attitude, reflecting current youth programming on network channels.  Qanulie? reflects the everyday life of Inuit youth.  This series shows the North’s perspective on today’s issues and culture.

Niqitsiat (Healthy Food)
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. The origin of the food source is also presented – from the sea, from the ice, from the tundra and from the air.

Niqitsiat is produced in Iqaluit. Language: Inuktitut with English Closed Captioning. 13 episodes.


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IBC has used TV as a vehicle for the protection of the Inuit language rather than an agent for destruction.