Gabriela Gamez


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Since 2006 I have been working as part of the Isuma collective with indigenous children, artists and media makers in the Canadian Arctic and Latin America, exploring new solutions using video, art and new media technologies as tools for social transformation. I am currently working with John and Ruben on a project called Time Machine, a project to Inuit make comic stories using iPods or mobiles. In 2011, with the help and guidance of a group of inspiring people, I designed ARTCO as a project to experiment ways in which we can explore and practice the power, the benefit, and the creative energy of collective action. The questions behind ARTCO were: How can children and youth use new media to share experience, resolve common problems and find new ways to communicate across old barriers? and What is the “tool-kit” they need to be active participants in the reality they live in? Under the direction of Norman Cohn, I was responsible of the design and concept creation of a collaborative multimedia platform for indigenous filmmakers and media organizations, where each user can design their own space, or channel, to reflect their own identity, mandate and audience. Within Isuma I was also project manager of the web platform of Digital Indigenous Democracy (DID); DIAMA, a project for digitizing the Inuit and Aboriginal media archive; and, the Indigenous Film Network project for community film distribution. I was born in Mexico City and have lived in Montreal, Canada since 2006. I studied Sociology and Political Science. In Mexico I worked as a consultant for UNESCO and the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Mexican Department for Education (SEP) and the Mexican Department for Social Development (SEDESOL). I love being with my friends and family, yoga, walking, running, listening to music and I'm getting back to playing piano. Oh! and I love coffee!See more


  • CLACPI -- Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Cine y Comunicación de los Pueblos Indígenas

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    CLACPI Network - coming soon....

    Integrated by many organizations in Latin America, CLACPI promotes community-based media, particularly video production, as a way to preserve and enhance indigenous cultures from their own point of view. Since 1985 CLACPI organizes Indigenous Film + Video Festivals about every two years. What makes this festival very special is that it is itinerant and international: México (1985 y 2006), Brazil (1987), Venezuela (1990), Peru (1992), Bolivia (1996 y 2008), Guatemala (1999), Wallmapu Chile (2004), Ecuador (2010) and Colombia (2012).

    Available on IsumaTV

    VIII Festival Internacional de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas - México 2006.

    A selection of films presented in this festival provided by eleven media makers from different communities in Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia and Ecuador.

    X Festival de Cine y Video de los Pueblos Indígenas - Ecuador 2010.

    The complete story about IsumaTV's participation on the "10th International Film + Video Festival of the Indigenous People" organized by CLACPI and the CONAIE in Ecuador on October 2010. From IsumaTV's conference and workshop to the daily experiences.


    Other indigenous and community-based productions from Latin America are available on IsumaTV: 

    Vídeo nas Aldeias

    (Video in the Villages) is an organization that provides video workshops for indigenous communities all over Brazil so they may have a voice of their own. The videos create dialogue between communities and with the outside world.


    A feature film produced by the Wirrarika people. "The Marakate are guided by fire and feather… in their singing they will find the way… if there are no jicareros to provide the offerings to the sacred place, illness may come, or it may stop raining."


    Documentary series about the traditional voyages and celebrations of the wirraritarie (indigenous culture from Mexico).


    Servicios en Comunicación Intercultural Servindi. News, special reports, interviews and audiovisual productions related to the indigenous people worldwide.


    Mapuche Nation, Chile. News and information on the Mapuche Nation of Chile.


    Centro de Comunicación Mapuche KONA Producciones. Integrated by Mapuche media-makers from Puel Mapu, Mapuche Nation (Patagonia, Argentina)


    A channel created by David Alberto Hernández Palmar from the Wayuu Nation of Venezuela. A photographer, videomaker, program organizer and journalist. He has produced documentaries for broadcast in Europe for Deutsche Welle and Canal Arte and has worked collaboratively on documentaries on the Wayuu such as Dalia se va de Jepira (2006). Hernández Palmar has independently curated indigenous film programs in Venezuela and abroad.

    Cumbre de Comunicacion 2010

    An indigenous summit that took place in Colombia on 2010 to strengthen and consolidate the indigenous organizations coordination at a continental level.

    Amazonas Indígena

    A network that supports environment sustainability and human rights for the indigenous people of the Amazon in Peru.

    A History of the Krenak

    This group seeks help to to protect its land, language and culture.


    Arbol TV

    A social organization based in Uruguay that educates and produces community-based TV media. Their objective is to strengthen citizen's participation and community identity as tool for social transformation, expresion, dialogue and action, at a local and global level. They have different channels on IsumaTV:



  • Indigenous Community Television - ICTV

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    ICTV Network - coming soon...

    Indigenous Community Television is an Australian Indigenous not-for-profit organisation that provides platforms for the distribution of video content made by Indigenous media makers in remote parts of Australia.

    Available on IsumaTV:

    Irrunytju/Wingelina Footy Carnival 2011 

    Highlights of the Irrunytju/Wingalina Footy Carnival, both on and off the field, in 2011. (Produced in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Western Australia.)

    Paintings by Richard Parmbuk 

    Richard Parmbuk discusses his paintings at the ranger base. From Wadeye, Top End Northern Territory, Australia.

    Songs from the UPK#4 album 

    The UPK#4 is a project developed by Nganampa Health in South Australia. This project was designed as a strategy for well being’. Nganingu Mark Burton and his song ‘Irititja’ meaning from Long Ago is about his homeland and Grandfather. Stewart Gaykamangu writter and singer of Pitulu Wanti (Petrol, Leave it Alone) sings about his heartache for a friend affected by petrol sniffing. Produced by PY Media.

    Mr Fraser 

    A documentary about an Indigenous cattle station and its operations on Kenmore Park on the APY Lands of South Australia.

    Kalkanya Puli Ilaringu by Irrunytju Band 

    Kalkanya Puli Ilaringu by Irrunytju Band in the Ngaanyatjarra lands of Central Australia.

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  • Nunavut Independent Television Network - NITV

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    Nunavut Independent Television Network, based in Igloolik, Nunavut, is Canada's first artist-run media centre located in a remote Inuit community.

    NITV aims to expand local access television in Igloolik and link other Nunavut communities through NITV on IsumaTV, by developing the use of Internet-TV to increase the production and distribution of Inuktitut-language and other Aboriginal programming. 

    NITV is one of the founding members of IsumaTV, a collective multimedia platform for Inuit and Aboriginal media worldwide.

    NITV also is one of the founding partners in Digital Indigenous Democracy, an effort to bring global partners into a working collaboration through new media and socio-political networking.

    As a Northern Internet Distributor NITV on IsumaTV is recognized as an Eligible Broadcaster by the Canada Media Fund to trigger financing from the Aboriginal Fund Envelope. More information at



  • Sami

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    Sami Network - coming soon...

    The Sami people, also spelled Sámi or Saami, are the indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic area of Sápmi, which today encompasses parts of far northern Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Kola Peninsula of Russia, and the border area between south and middle Sweden and Norway.

    Now available on isumaTV:

    International Sami Film Center 

    International Sami Film Centre is a centre for Sami film productions located in Kautokeino, Norway. They support sami filmmakers and co-produce Sami films for education and training and also collect traditional sami knowledge on film. 

    Sapmi by Liselotte Wajstedt

    Sweden. Born 1973 in Kiruna, Sweden Liselotte now works fulltime as a filmmaker. She has an education in painting and arts from various schools in Sweden.

    Risslaimemediia, Sweden. 

    Norway. EALÁT is a Reindeer Herders Vulnerability Network Study and is a project that examines reindeer pastoralism in the light of climate change. Ealát is a Sámi word with a multi layered meaning. Ealát signifies 'Pasture', but related words Eallu means 'Herd' while Eallin means 'Life' in the Sámi language.

    The Whisperers by David Kinsella. 

    “The whisperers“ is a North American co production creative auteur documentary, but made as a fiction film, from the award winning makers of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland, Lebanon and the Tree of Life. Directed particularly towards children and a family audience, and will be produced as a feature length and TV version film. “The whisperers” is the story of Ellen-Sara Sparrok Larsen, a 14 year old indigenous South Sami girl in Aarborte Norway, a unique character who stands in the middle of the progressive Norwegian society and the rich traditions of the South Sami culture.






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    Flor Andere, Mazahua (speaking Mazahua)

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: IsumaTV Greetings

    Click 'more info' for Synopsis in English

    Flor Andere a Mazahua woman from San Pedro de los Baños, Mexico speaks about how she learned Mazahua through her grandparents.

    She hopes the Mazahua language doesn’t die. She says she would like her children to continue to speak the language.



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    Rankin Inlet Tour

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: IFN

    IFN Tour started in Rankin Inlet in November 2006. Isuma’s team participated in the Community Feast and screened The Journals of Knud Rasmussen the next day. We had about 300 people on that first screening.



  • Stories of Our Elders

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: Time Machine

    ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ


    ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᒐᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᓴᕿᔭᕐᑎᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᙳᕐᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᓴᕐᒃᑲᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ. ᓴᕿᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ ᐅᓄᕐᑐᖓᓕᕐᑕᐅᔪᖅ Kingulliit Productions (ᓄᓇᕗᑦ) ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐆᒧᖓ JerryCo Animation (ᒪᓐᑐᕆᐊ).
    ᑲᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᒐᐃᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᖁᔨᓕᕐᖢᑎᒃ ᐃᔾᔪᐊᕐᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᓂᑲᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ. ᐃᖃᐅᒪᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ, ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᑭᓇᐅᖑᐊᕐᐸᒃᖢᑎᒃ, ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕐᑐᐊᑦ, ᐅᒃᐱᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᑎᖃᕐᓂᖏᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓄᑦ.


    ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖁᓯᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᓯᕆᓚᐅᕐᑕᖏᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᒃᒪᑕ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᐊᖃᒍᓄᑦ ᑕᐅᓴᓄᑦ. ᐃᓕᖁᓯᕆᔭᕗᑦ, ᐅᒃᐱᕆᔭᕗᑦ ᐃᓄᓯᕆᔭᕗᓪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔾᔪᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᖢᓂ ᑭᖑᕚᕇᒃᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᕇᓄᓪᓗ.

    ᐅᓄᕐᑐᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐃᓴᕈᕐᐸᓪᓕᐊᒃᒪᑕ ᐃᓄᓯᖏᓐᓂ, ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑐᓴᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᑕᖃᐃᓐᓇᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᓂᖏᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕆᔪᓐᓇᕋᑦᑎᒍ ᕿᑐᖓᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ. ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕗᑦ,ᐅᓂᒃᕗᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᖓᒃᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᒃᐱᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᒋᒐᑦᑎᒍ ᑭᓇᐅᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ − ᒪᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᑦ ᐊᔪᖏᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᑦ, ᐃᓄᓯᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᒪᑦᑎᐊᖃᑎᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᖃᑎᑦ.
    ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᕿᑦᑎᔪᓐᓇᕐᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᖏᔪᒥᒃ. ᐅᓂᒃᖏᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓄᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓱᒪᒐᓗᐊᕐᐳᒍᑦ ᐃᓄᓯᖏᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐱᐅᓯᒋᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᒋᓯᒪᒐᑦᑎᒍ ᐅᓂᒃᕐᑐᐊᑎᒍᑦ.

    ᑕᑯᐊᕐᔪᒃᓂᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖏᑦ

    ᐊᕐᓈᓗᒃ, ᐃᓄᒃᐸᓱᒃᔪᒃ ᐊᕐᓇᖅ

    ᖃᓄᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᐊᖏᔪᐊᓘᖁᔨᔪᑦ ᐃᓕᒃᓄᑦ, ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒥᑭᑦᑐᒐᔭᕐᒪᖔᑕ.


    ᐊᓇᕐᑎᖅ, ᐊᖑᑎ ᐃᖃᓗᖑᕐᑐᕕᓂᖅ


    ᐃᒪᕋᓱᒡᔅᓱᐊᖅ, ᐊᖑᑎ ᓂᕆᔪᕕᓂᖅ ᓄᓕᐊᖏᓐᓂᒃ

    ᖃᓄᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᒪᖓᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᕆᐊᖃᖏᓚᒍᑦ ᐃᓄᖃᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ.


    ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ



  • Credits

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Gabriela Gamez

    channel: Time Machine





    Zacharias Kunuk
    Jon Frantz

    Gabriela Gámez
    John Hodgins
    Ruben Pater


    Carol Kunnuk
    Chelsea Connie
    Blandina Jean
    Levy Uttak
    Michelline Ammaq
    Natasha Qamaniq
    Rasheena Airut
    Reginald Mitchel
    Sam Cohn

    Brooklynn Krueger
    Cale Moraes
    Cody Swain
    Drew Legg
    Elijah Gladstone
    Ella Birtwistle
    Forest Michealoff
    Gavino Peerless
    Greta Romas
    Juno Bradley
    Kaden Yaroshuk
    Kaleigh Goetzinger
    Kelsey Ross
    Kostan Pelton
    Liam Pollard
    Mackenzie Jones
    Madeline Ridley
    Makai Brady
    Michael Jones
    Olivia Ives
    Owen Racz
    Reese Burton
    Rhys Fairweather
    Sarina Kendall
    Xiila-T'aayii Guujaaw

    Carol Kunnuk
    Jon Frantz
    Mark Airut
    Michelline Ammaq
    Zacharias Kunuk

    Kevin Nearing
    Patricia Tidd
    Reginald Mitchell
    Sumangala Desaigoudar

    Dana Moraes, Haida Gwaii
    Sam Cohn, Ottawa

    Gillian Robinson
    Maia Iotzova


    Cara Di Staulo
    Gillian Robinson
    Kim Loranger
    Norman Cohn
    Normand McKay
    Pierre Fauteux

    Louise Lussier
    Marcela Gómez
    Pierre Fauteux

    Beesum Communications

    Claire Litton
    Jerome Bossert



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    ᐆᒧᖓ: Carol Kunnuk

    channel: Igloolik | ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ

    In 2009, Rachel Uyarasuk, elder of the Inuit community of Igloolik (Nunavut), evokes the ancestors whose name she received at birth. She explains how this transmission ensured their return among the world of the living.

    A film by Christin Merlhiot

    France, 2014, 11 minutes, animation

    Inuktitut with English & French subtitles



  • First Peoples Festival in Peril

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Is it possible for First Nations to hold a festival worthy of the name in Québec’s metropolis?

    The Montreal Frist Peoples Festival asks the question a press release distriburted this morning as the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles (the PQDS), a paramunicipal body that administers a major program in support of events in Montreal’s downtown core cultural district, decided to cut off all grants to the Festival for the year 2014.

    The PQDS claims that the First Peoples Festival lacks sufficiently innovative programming. This is a surprising attack on the Montreal event that has very successfully and continually transformed itself over the years. Since it moved its activities to the Quartier des spectacles, it has offered a brand-new formula that richly highlights First Peoples culture, art and diversity.

    First Peoples Festival is a First Nations’ multi-disciplinary festival, an event unique in its genre and presented yearly by the Terres en vues/Land Insights society for the last 24 years.

    Last year, the festival succeeded in balancing its budget without a deficit although the very day its program was launched, June 18 2013, the PQDS announced a drastic $50 000 cut to the Festival’s budget. This year the festival was been hit with a great blow that could prove to be fatal.

    The festival states that this new obstacle is a test of the commitment of city of Montreal and government stakeholders to make a place for First Nations culture in Quebec’s metropolis and to associate these with the many commemorations set for city’s 375th anniversary in 2017.

    Festival organizers are demanding that those granting funds to the PQDS, the City of Montreal first and then the government of Québec, must take action without delay to reinstate a funding for First Peoples Festival within a structure that can allow it to develop and thrive.

    Moreover, the festival is questioning the very way funding is delivered by the PQSD. Organizers believe that it is high time, as ethical choices, corruption and fair practices are in the spotlight in Montréal during the ongoing Charbonneau Commission, to review the governance of this paramunicipal body that oversees such important budgets.


    Source: Land Insights




  • Live Webcast of NIRB Mary River Hearings

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: LIVE

    IsumaTV's online radio and TV coverage of the second round of Public Hearings on the Baffinland Iron Mine Mary River Environmental Review from Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) is holding new public consultations to assess Baffinland’s revised Early Revenue Phase Proposal.

    January 27 to 31, 2014

    Starting 9 am EST, IsumaTV will stream live Inuktitut and English audio each day from the hearings.

    Every evening from 8 to 10 pm EST, Zacharias Kunuk will host a live TV talk show to discuss issues raised at the hearings with community members and participants in the hearings.




    Both the live audio from the hearings and Kunuk’s evening show will also be broadcast by IsumaTV through local community radio channels and IsumaTV television network in Arviat, Cambridge Bay, Igloolik and Taloyoak.


    For more information contact:
    Zacharias Kunuk, 867-934-8725,
    Norman Cohn, 514-576-0707,



  • DID in the News!

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    On Their Terms: A Digital Project to Give Inuit Say in Developers' Arctic Ambitions

    BY Elisabeth Fraser

    A new project in Canada’s north is attempting to bridge the digital divide facing Inuit communities. In doing so, it hopes to give them a say as developers move to take advantage of their resource-rich land.

    Digital Indigenous Democracy (DID) is an effort to bring the community empowerment of new media technology into remote low-bandwidth indigenous communities in Nunavut, across Canada, and around the world,” says Norman Cohn, an award-winning Canadian filmmaker who is also the project co-director, with partner Zacharias Kunuk, an Inuk filmmaker.

    The idea is to provide high-speed Internet access to Inuit living in northern communities, where extremely low bandwidth access makes surfing the net a slow and cumbersome task. “These people, who most need access to these networks, have the worst cost-per-bandwidth in the civilized world,” says Cohn.

    Life in the Northern communities where Canada’s Inuit live can be challenging. Traditionally, the Inuit are a hunting society. However, nowadays both global warming and opposition from animal-rights groups are negatively affecting the hunt. There are high levels of poverty, substance abuse, and suicide. There is a housing shortage, and high levels of family violence, as well as chronic health problems like diabetes. The remote and vastly scattered locations of these villages carry distinct challenges as well, including sky-high prices on basic goods. Most places are hard to access from the south, accessible via boat during the summer, or by expensive flights year-round. And, despite federal investment to improve bandwidth access in these communities, the Internet remains very slow.

    Just how slow is it? “Most people can remember how the Internet was when they first tried it out five or ten years ago, and how much faster it is now,” explains Cohn. “Use of the Internet we take for granted right now is only possible because our bandwidth has increased by hundreds of thousands of times, and at a low cost. Those speed increases have not impacted northern Inuit communities. Their Internet is among the slowest and most expensive … There is a digital divide, certainly in the Canadian North, as much as in Bangladesh.”

    Canada’s Inuit are one of three Canadian Aboriginal groups (the others are the Métis and First Nations). They are somewhat unique amongst Indigenous peoples in North America, because they have negotiated a self-governing agreement with the federal government of Canada. Whereas Canadian and U.S. First-Nations people often live on government reserves and receive government assistance or a special tax status, Inuit are by and large self-sufficient.

    Cohn says the project is essential to help Inuit protect their rights in a new age of resource extraction. “The origins of this project are in the evolution of two enormous world developments. The one is the evolution of new media technology and its potential for social networking and political change, which we’ve seen in the Middle East,” Cohn says, referencing the Arab Spring. “And this intersects with the evolution of global warming, which has created an increase in natural resource development in the Canadian Arctic.”

    Digital Indigenous Democracy has been financed and tested around a specific giant mining development (the “Mary River Project”) by the Baffinland company.

    “If (the development) goes forward in its full capacity, it would be the largest mine ever in Canada,” says Cohn. DID was created in the context of Baffinland’s ongoing environmental review process, which involves consultation with local stakeholders. These talks have produced an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement, as required by law under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

    “Our project was proposed and financed to test out this technology as a way of improving Inuit communities’ ability to participate in the decision-making process of such an enormous development that will impact these communities forever,” Cohn says. “So, we had a compelling technological concept for equal justice, but we also had a compelling urgent need for that project to take place as soon as possible.”

    Started in April 2011 via Canada Media Fund financing, Digital Indigenous Democracy went live one year later, in April 2012. It runs on the ISUMA TV platform, created by Cohn and co. in 2008. The multimedia website features photographs and government information documents, as well as audio and video recordings, in English and in Indigenous languages like Inuktitut.

    In addition to putting forward local content, in the form of radio programming, films and documentaries, and community news,DID has played an active part in the local consultations involving the Baffinland project. A series of radio call-in shows allowed locals to ask experts questions about the development, and Baffinland feedback collected via DID has been complied into a report, which will be presented in the next round of public hearings, tentatively scheduled to take place in mid-October.

    Lloyd Lipsett is a human rights lawyer who has been participating in the public consultation process surrounding the Baffinland project. He took part in radio call-in shows the DID group organized in Igloolik, Nunavut, to answer questions and inform locals about the Baffinland project, in English and Inuktitut.

    “If you want the people to be confident that the mine is benefitting them, they need to have the information to make that judgment. It’s important to recognize that the movement towards transparency in the (extractive industry) is really picking up steam,” says Lipsett, who notes the Canadian government has announced it will pass binding regulations ensuring mining companies have greater disclosure towards various levels of government, something the United States and European Union have already done.

    Canadian constitutional law and international law now explicitly confirms Indigenous people have the right to be informed and consulted about any resource development that impacts their lands and their communities. According to Lispett, the new approach towards consultation offered by DID is a benefit to locals and developers alike.

    Most human-rights interventions involving extraction projects happen after development has started, when things are perceived to be going badly. “Getting involved in public hearings before the project has taken place; you are taking a proactive approach,” says Lispett. “You’re dealing with all the different stakeholders, including the company itself. To talk to them in a proactive, forward-looking manner, is much more constructive then pointing your finger after, and saying, “You’re doing this wrong, you’re violating this right, or that right…We’re offering you suggestions as to how you can develop this mine in a way that is respectful to people.”

    The economic stakes are significant, too."The wealth in the arctic is enormous,” says Cohn. “It’s sort of like the new Congo, but suddenly much more accessible than it ever was before. “The world has changed since King Leopold went into the Congo, but only if technology helps people take advantage of those changes. (DID) is the only way Indigenous people will get a real fair seat at the negotiating table, dividing up what everyone agrees are trillions of dollars.”

    Frances Abele is a Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at Carleton University. She is familiar with the project. She touts the community-building aspect of DID. “If you haven’t been to the North, it’s very hard to picture just how far apart everything is,” she says. “To allow people to speak to each other in real time is a really powerful change in order to have people talk about their common interests, and politics.”

    “The local radio has been very, very, important for a long time, it’s the main way that people find out what’s going on, and they listen to that every day,” says Abele. “The genius of what Norman and Zacharias are doing is that they’ve been able to build on that network to create these communities.”

    Mark Airut is the manager of the Igloolik radio station, now run by ISUMA since last May. He is Inuk, and echoes Abele’s praise for DID. “I think it’s really great, lots and lots of people are now following us, and now they listen to our radio all over the world,” he says. He says since ISUMA took over, the station’s workers have gone from being voluntary to paid staff, and many locals say ISUMA radio is now all they listen to. “We’re doing our best work on educational stuff,” says Airut. “It’s really successful.”

    Currently, Cohn estimates the project is two-thirds completed. “Our website will play at high speed in what will eventually be ten indigenous communities,” he says. ISUMA has been hooking people up since the spring, and will continue to do so during the fall.

    Underlying the entire project is the principal of open data and transparency as a tool to combat inequality. “Indigenous people see these developments as the only chance they have to get out of poverty and into the 21st century,” says Cohn. “If all the people involved are sharing in the exploitation of the resources, then it’s not pejorative. If the people involved are being exploited, then its pejorative … Today, you cannot get away with that level of inequality unless it’s hidden from public view.”

    Cohn believes DID can be a powerful tool to give Indigenous people their fair share of the pie. “If people have those tools, you cannot deny them those rights,” he says. “These communities are sitting on mountains of minerals, of gold, of uranium.” He sees a future for this project in Indigenous communities throughout the world, and notes it is in developer’s interest to properly inform and consult, or risk huge lawsuits down the road.

    How much the Inuit will eventually profit from the Baffinland development remains to be seen, but Cohn is hopeful. “Indigenous people are not genetically impoverished,” he says. “If everyone owned the land they were living on, Inuit people could quite very well be rich,” he argues. “Why are Inuit peoples more like Palestinians than Saudi Arabians? In 2013, you can’t do that to people, unless you’re doing it in the dark.”

    Elisabeth Fraser is a freelance Canadian journalist. She lives in Montreal.

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  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Ian Mauro


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    Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change had its world premiere October 23, 2010, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. The complete film also streamed online simultaneously watched by more than 1500 viewers around the world. Following the film, a Q&A with filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro included live call-in by Skype from viewers from Pond Inlet, New York, Sydney, Australia and other locations.

    Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

    Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change had its world premiere October 23, 2010, at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. The complete film also streamed online simultaneously watched by more than 1500 viewers around the world. Following the film, a Q&A with filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro included live call-in by Skype from viewers from Pond Inlet, New York, Sydney, Australia and other locations.


    Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This unforgettable film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

    Exploring centuries of Inuit knowledge, allowing the viewer to learn about climate change first-hand from Arctic residents themselves, the film portrays Inuit as experts regarding their land and wildlife and makes it clear that climate change is a human rights issue affecting this ingenious Indigenous culture. Hear stories about Arctic melting and how Inuit believe that human and animal intelligence are key to adaptability and survival in a warming world.

    Community-based screenings of the film are now being organized across Canada. Stay tuned for more information, new blog posts and videos added to this channel regularly.

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  • Our Baffinland Atlas

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Ian Mauro


    The Arctic is warming double the global average, decreasing sea ice, making it easier to access and extract mineral and oil resources from the region, and this cumulative climatic and economic change has significant human and environmental health implications for Inuit and their communities. In Nunavut, the proposed Baffinland Iron Mine, at the site of Mary River, is one of the largest industrial developments ever conceived for the Arctic, and will involve year-round shipping of ore across sensitive permafrost, marine ecosystems and regions of cultural significance that have and continue to be used by Inuit. The Our Baffinland project explores Inuit knowledge regarding mining, and shows a walrus and caribou hunting expedition and associated interviews with elders across this landscape. This digital media presentation highlights the complexities of "Arctic Development".


    A production of: Kingulliit Productions Inc.

    Executive Producers: Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk

    Producers: Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Rituit, and Ian Mauro.

    Project Managers: Gabriela Gámez, Gillian Robinson and Ian Mauro

    Creative Directors: Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro

    Technology Director and Programmer: John Hodgins

    Designer and Animator: Marc Labelle

    Video and Photography: David Poisey, Jon Frantz, Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro

    Sound: Tobias Haynes

    Editors: Ian Mauro, Jon Frantz, Craig Norris and Carol Kunnuk

    Translators: Carol Kunnuk and Sarah Arnatsiaq

    Research: Ian Mauro




  • Peter Irniq

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Peter Irniq

    A profound discussion about Inuktitut as a changing language.



  • Sila Isumataungmat

    ᐆᒧᖓ: Bernadette Dean

    To bring awareness about Inuit beliefs and values regarding environment (land, waters, weather and animals).




  • The Alfonsa Zuckerman Channel

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    Welcome to my channel! I've uploaded a few of my past films, as well as some footage from projects I'm working currently working on. Check them out and tell me what you think. I'm always looking for fresh ideas and new collaborators.



  • The Fast Runner Trilogy

    ᐆᒧᖓ: John Hodgins

    Three unique Inuit films expressing the dramatic history of one of the world’s oldest oral cultures from it’s own point of view.
    “A masterpiece... The first national cinema of the 21st century.” – A.O. Scott, NY Times review of Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, 2002.

    Atanarjuat The Fast Runner

    2001 Camera d'Or, Cannes




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    The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

    2006 Opening Night Film, Toronto

    Journals of Knud Rasmussen



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    Before Tomorrow

    2009 World Cinema Competition, Sundance

    Before Tomorrow



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  • UNU

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    Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change videobriefs series. A series of short UNU videobriefs exploring climate change and its impacts from the perspectives of Indigenous community members in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

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