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Supporting Television Programming in Inuktitut

Government of Canada provides funding to Inuit Broadcasting Corporation

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT -- (Marketwired) -- 08/07/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $1,236,669 in funding to the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) to support the production of 39 hours of new, original television programming in Inuktitut.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

--  The IBC's television programming is aimed at Inuit living in Nunavut.


--  The IBC will produce four series, including "Takuginai," a children's
    program; "Niqitsiat," a cooking show; "Ilinniq," a documentary series
    featuring community members; and "Qanuq Isumavit," a live call-in show
    on which community members can discuss current events.


--  Three of the programs will air on the Aboriginal Peoples Television
    Network, and one will be available on the IBC website.


--  The funding is being provided through the Northern Aboriginal
    Broadcasting funding element of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program.

Quotes

"We are pleased to support organizations like the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation that provide Canadian audiences and northern communities with programming that is relevant to them. Through this programming, the IBC is contributing to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages and cultures."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation plays an important role in promoting and fostering the Inuktitut language and culture in Nunavut and across Canada. With our Government's support, it can continue to provide culturally relevant programming for all ages, benefiting Inuit communities today and for generations to come."

-The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council

"The IBC takes pride in the important role it is playing in enhancing and preserving the Inuit language. With the support provided by the Government of Canada, our television and Web series will promote the Inuit language, while incorporating it into our everyday life. This is key to the success of our language."

- Madeleine d'Argencourt, Chair of the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC)

Associated Links

Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation

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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
[email protected]

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