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  •  Igloolik | ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ

    Igloolik | ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ

    by: IsumaTV

    Igloolik is a Low Bandwidth High Cost internet community. Internet service is 150 times behind southern Canada in cost-per-MB. To overcome this handicap DID installs local server Mediaplayers to deliver high speed media to slow speed users, and broadcasts our internet films and videos to home TV.

    13-12-2011

    33152 views

  • British Columbia First Nations

    by: IsumaTV

    From the Council of the Haida Nation:

    "Haida people have occupied Haida Gwaii since time immemorial. Our traditional territory encompasses parts of southern Alaska, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii and its surrounding waters.

    Today, Haida people make up half of the 5000 people living on the islands. Haida reside throughout the islands but are concentrated in two main centres, Old Massett at the north end of Graham Island and Skidegate at the south end.

    The Haida Nation collectively holds Hereditary and Aboriginal Title and Rights to Haida Territories and the cultural and intellectual property rights of the Haida Nation.

    All people of Haida ancestry are citizens of the Haida Nation. Every Haida citizen has the right of access to all Haida Gwaii resources for cultural reasons, and for food or commerce consistent with the Laws of Nature as reflected in the laws of the Haida Nation.Our culture is born of respect, and intimacy with the land and sea and the air around us.

    Like the forests, the roots of our people are intertwined such that the greatest troubles cannot overcome us. We owe our existence to Haida Gwaii. The living generation accepts the responsibility to ensure that our heritage is passed on to following generations."

    At the moment we are working in the Haida communities of Skidegate and Old Massett. If you want this type of project in your community, or to join the BCFN network, please contact us at info@isuma.tv 

    25-04-2014

    3598 views

  • Cambridge Bay | Iqaluktuuttiaq | ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ

    Cambridge Bay | Iqaluktuuttiaq | ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ

    by: IsumaTV

    Cambridge Bay is a Low Bandwidth High Cost internet community. Internet service is 150 times behind southern Canada in cost-per-MB. To overcome this handicap DID installs local server Mediaplayers to deliver high speed media to slow speed users, and broadcasts our internet films and videos to home TV.

    15-04-2013

    12116 views

  • Gjoa Haven

    Gjoa Haven

    by: GjoaHaven

    Gjoa Haven is a Low Bandwidth High Cost internet community. Internet service is 150 times behind southern Canada in cost-per-MB. To overcome this handicap NITV installs local server Mediaplayers to deliver high speed media to slow speed users, and broadcasts our internet films and videos to home TV.

    07-03-2016

    407 views

  • Haida Gwaii | Xaayda Gwaay

    Haida Gwaii | Xaayda Gwaay

    by: IsumaTV

    The Haida community page is dedicated to telling stories from the Haida perspective. Working in the communities of Skidegate and Old Massett, this page was possible through the Haida Script Development Project, a collaboration between the Council of the Haida Nation, the UBC School of Regional and Community Planning, and NITV (Nunavut Independent Television Network).

    Scroll below find all content (video, text, audio) uploaded directly to the page, organized by date of the upload.

    24-04-2014

    9635 views

  • Taloyoak | ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒃ

    Taloyoak | ᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒃ

    by: IsumaTV

    Taloyoak is a Low Bandwidth High Cost internet community. Internet service is 150 times behind southern Canada in cost-per-MB. To overcome this handicap DID installs local server Mediaplayers to deliver high speed media to slow speed users, and broadcasts our internet films and videos to home TV.

    15-04-2013

    4850 views

  • Alianait Arts Festival 2009

    Alianait Arts Festival 2009

    by: John Hodgins

    Created in 2005, Alianait! Arts Festival is one of the biggest cultural events in Nunavut celebrating and connecting cultures through music and arts.

    IsumaTV will broadcast the Alianait Arts Festival live - June 21 to July 1 - everyday from 07PM to 10PM on www.isuma.tv

    The Festival will kick off on June 21, 2009, National Aboriginal Day, with a free afternoon show which will feature throat singers from Nunavut and Nunavik, Ellen Hamilton & Friends, Johnny Issaluk and the Inuksuk High School Choir.

    The Alianait Opening Concert will follow on June 22nd with:

    • Maanilu Asianilu, a youth Brazilian drumming group from Kangiqsujuak
    • Naujamiut, a traditional Inuit band from Repulse Bay
    • The Bop Ensemble – featuring Canadian folk Shaman Bill Bourne, Wyckham Porteous & Jas Olhauser from Alberta & British Columbia www.billbourne.com/bopensemble.htm
    • Treasa Levasseur, a smoldering singer-songwriter originally from Winnipeg, backed by guitarist David Baxter and a big sound 5 piece band from Toronto www.treasalevasseur.com
    • A fantastic Circus collaboration will be presented on Saturday, June 27th featuring Nunavut’s internationally acclaimed Artcirq and Productions Kalabante, an African / Quebecois circus troupe featuring Yamoussa Bangoura www.kalabante.org

    The Closing Concert on June 30, 2009 will feature:

    • Kaina Nowlak, Iqaluit’s favourite accordionist
    • Liima Inui, rock, reggae, world & pop musicians from Greenland just in time to release a new CD www.myspace.com/liimainui
    • Kobotown, a magic mix of calypso, dub poetry, roots reggae, folk and funk – Trinidad born now living in Toronto www.kobotown.com
    • Troy MacGillivray & Nuala Kennedy, award-winning Halifax fiddler www.troymacgillivray.com and enchanting Scottish flautist www.nualakennedy.com
    • Productions Kalabante, an amazing collaboration of jazz vocals and African drums www.kalabante.org

    Contact Info:

     

    For more details :
    http://www.alianait.ca/

    21-06-2009

    20980 views

    Inuktitut

  • Angel Street

    Angel Street

    by: IsumaTV

    This site is currently under construction. Please come back soon!

    19-11-2009

    8081 views

  • Angirattut (Coming Home)

    Angirattut (Coming Home)

    by: IsumaTV

    Angirattut (Coming Home) is a 90-minute documentary film directed by Zacharias Kunuk which follows Inuit extended family homecoming voyage to traditional home site, to celebrate ancestors' history of life on the land and to mourn the loss of modern relocation between worlds.

    Produced by Zacharias Kunuk and Jonathan Frantz
    Photography by David Poisey
    Editing by Carol Kunnuk

    © Kingulliit Productions 2014

    BOOK A SCREENING, rent or buy the film from Vtape +1.416.351.1317 email wandav@vtape.org.

    Learn more about the relocation of Inuit famillies in the region and share your familly story on the film's companion website project Amitturmiut

    04-02-2015

    3518 views

    Inuktitut

  • Arctic Languages

    Arctic Languages

    by: IsumaTV

    arctic indigenous languages symposium

    Footage from the arctic indigenous languages symposium in tromso, norway october 19-21, 2008.

    Inuit Circumpolar Conference

    28-10-2008

    7773 views

    Inuktitut

  • Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

    Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

    by: IsumaTV

    CLICK HERE to Watch ATANARJUAT and The Fast Runner Trilogy

    Un Certain Regard - Official Selection - Cannes 2001
    Winner Camera d'or for Best First Feature Film
    Canada's Official Selection - Foreign Language Oscar® !
    Winner of 6 Genie Awards!
    Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Editing, Claude Jutra


    Best Canadian Feature Film (2001 Toronto International Film Festival)
    Co-Winner, Guardian Award for Best New Director (2001 Edinburgh International Film Festival)
    Grand Prix of the Flemish Community for Best Film (2001 Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent)
    Special Jury Prize and the Prix du Public (Festival International du nouveau Cinema et des nouveaux Medias de Montreal 2001)
    CTV Best of Fest Award (Next Fest 2001 - Digital Motion Picture Festival)
    Best Film (ImagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival)
    Best Feature Film (2001 Sante Fe International Festival)
    Best Feature Film (2002 San Diego International Film Festival)
    Audience Award (2002 Newport International Film Festival)
    Audience Award (2002 Lake Placid Film Forum)
    Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress (2002 American Indian Film Festival)
    Best Feature-Length Mountain Fiction Film (2002 Banff Mountain Film Festival)

    Igloolik is a community of 1200 people located on a small island in the north Baffin region of the Canadian Arctic with archeological evidence of 4000 years of continuous habitation. Throughout these millennia, with no written language, untold numbers of nomadic Inuit renewed their culture and traditional knowledge for every generation entirely through storytelling.

    Our film Atanarjuat is part of this continuous stream of oral history carried forward into the new millennium through a marriage of Inuit storytelling skills and new technology.

    Atanarjuat is Canada's first feature-length fiction film written, produced, directed, and acted by Inuit. An exciting action thriller set in ancient Igloolik, the film unfolds as a life-threatening struggle between powerful natural and supernatural characters.

    Atanarjuat gives international audiences a more authentic view of Inuit culture and oral tradition than ever before, from the inside and through Inuit eyes.

    For countless generations, Igloolik elders have kept the legend of Atanarjuat alive to teach young Inuit the danger of setting personal desire above the needs of the group.

    The tale of making the film is itself made up of many stories...


    15-10-2009

    202026 views

  • Athropolis working channel

    Athropolis working channel

    by: IsumaTV

    Some grade six students at Aqsarniit School in Iqaluit, Nunavut did a project on some of our favorite Traditional Inuit Games. We hope you will learn how to play some of them where you live....

    19-11-2009

    2846 views

  • Before Tomorrow

    Before Tomorrow

    by: IsumaTV

    Theatrical trailer

    Film premiers in Igloolik

    After the screening, audience members had a chance to examine props and costumes used in the film.

    Shooting wrapped

    more photos from the set

    Watch teaser

    Before Tomorrow in the press

    Women's collective screens film for home town crowd by Sonia Gunderson, Nunatsiaq News February 29, 2008 (read article)

    Creating together: Igloolik and Puvirnituq co-operate on Isumas third feature film by Jim Bell, Nunatsiaq News January 19, 2007 (read article)

    On the set of Before Tomorrow by Isabelle Dubois, Inuktitut Magazine Fall 2006 (pdf)

    Marie-Hélène Cousineau: Filmer l'intimité et l'imensité by Denis Lord, Elle Québec January 2007 (pdf)

    Before Tomorrow

    New in March 2010! Nine Canadian Genie Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costumes, Sound, Original Song. Four Quebec Jutra Award nominations, Best Picture, Director, Costumes, Music.

    More About Film   /   View Film or Download

    A co-production of Igloolik Isuma Productions and Kunuk Cohn Productions, Before Tomorrow is the first feature film written and directed by Igloolik's Arnait Video Productions women's collective, which has been filming Inuit women's stories since 1991 based on cultural authenticity and community involvement.

    Before Tomorrow is directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu from a script by Susan Avingaq, Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Ivalu, adapted from the novel For morgendagen by the acclaimed Danish writer Jørn Riel. It is produced by Stéphane Rituit, with executive producers Norman Cohn and Zacharias Kunuk. Leading the cast are Madeline Ivalu and her grandson Paul-Dylan Ivalu, joined by Mary Qulitalik, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq and Tumasie Sivuarapik.

    Before Tomorrow is the story of a woman who demonstrates that human dignity is at the core of life from beginning to end, as she faces with her grandson the ultimate challenge of survival. The film was shot in remote locations near the community of Puvirnituq, Nunavik (norhtern Quebec) over four separate periods between July 2006 and January 2007 to capture the arctic seasons from June though December.

    Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on the weekend of February 23-24, 2008. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk and Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences in the school gym. Actors, props and select costumes from the film were also on display. As with previous films produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the film's first audience was the community involved in making the film. The following month producers also screened the film in Puvirnituq, Nunavik, where the film was shot.

    Before Tomorrow was released in Canada by Alliance Motion Picture Distribution and Alliance Vivafilm in March 2009. Before Tomorrow is distributed internationally by Isuma Distribution International. U.S. premiere was a two-week run at Film Forum in New York December 2-15, 2009.The film now is available for Video-on-Demand download in standard definition or full HD from isuma.tv/fastrunnertrilogy.

    Before Tomorrow was produced in association with Alliance Atlantis, Alliance Vivafilm, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, the Nunavut Film Development Commission and with the support of NITV. With thanks to Makivik Corporation,First Air, and Air Inuit. Thanks also to the people and mayor's office of Puvirnituq, the Nunavik Arctic Survival Training Centre, Kativik school board, and the Cooperative of Puvirnituq for their support.

    The founding mandate of Igloolik Isuma Productions is to empower Inuit voices to tell their own stories. Isuma's first feature, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, won the Camera d'or at Cannes 2001 and Best Picture at Canada's 2002 Genie Awards. Isuma's second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Isuma's executive producers, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, continue this mandate in Isuma's third feature film,  Before Tomorrow, the first written and produced by the Arnait Video Women's Collective.

    03-03-2009

    54631 views

  • Bringing it Back to the Inuit: Zacharias Kunuk for President of QIA

    Bringing it Back to the Inuit: Zacharias Kunuk for President of QIA

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    Zach's Platform in Inuktitut | Click HERE for Radio Version (faster download)

    Zacharias Kunuk

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    Zach's Views in Inuktitut & English

    Zacharias Kunuk

    QIA Platform

    Bringing it Back to the Inuit

    Zacharias Kunuk

    About Zacharias

    More about the candidate.

    VIDEO above in Inuktitut; TEXT below in English

    "My name is Zacharias Kunuk; I was born on the land near Igloolik in Kapuivik on Baffin Island side in 1957. Before I was sent to school, before the age of nine, I saw how we used to live. Sod houses, ice porch and traveling by dog team, Stories I heard at bedtime, I even started to go out with the men, different dog teams. My world ended when I was sent to school in 1966. I got to grade eight; to get higher I had to leave my community which I didn’t want...."

    "We need to educate our Beneficiaries in what QIA was created to do. QIA protects Beneficiaries' rights as Inuit, more than governments of Canada or Nunavut ever can do. As our Regional Inuit Association, QIA should lead in preservation of Inuit Culture and Language, through, art, literature, music, TV, internet, education and promoting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, so future generations know who they are and where they came from. No one will preserve our culture for us, if we don’t do it ourselves...."

    Read complete English Platform...

    18-11-2009

    4884 views

    Inuktitut

  • Cambridge Bay Radio Online

    Cambridge Bay Radio Online

    by: IsumaTV

    Call in

    Share your perspective live via phone!

    + 1.867.983.3232

    Live streaming schedule

    Monday - Friday: variable depending volunteer announcers
    Tuesday: 8:00-11:00pm James Howard's radio show
    Sunday: 10:00-12:00pm Northern Lighthouse Ministries' show

    Having trouble?

    • Error 2032? Radio is offline, CBC North is on.
    • Refresh page, try later. Internet may be too slow.
    • Update Adobe Flash Player

    09-07-2012

    12014 views

  • Cambridge Bay Television

    Cambridge Bay Television

    by: IsumaTV

    Local server Mediaplayers broadcast films from IsumaTV’s website to home viewers 24/7 by cable TV. Call or Facebook your Station Manager to comment or add any film or video you want to watch. Contact info@isuma.tv.

    05-07-2013

    8642 views

    Inuinnaqtun

  • Career Opportunities

    by: IsumaTV

    This is a space for employers to post available career opportunities

    23-01-2009

    4876 views

  • DIAMA

    DIAMA

    by: IsumaTV

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    Digitizing the Inuit and Aboriginal Media Archive

    DIAMA preserves irreplaceable Inuit and Aboriginal media archives at risk of being lost. IsumaTV cleans, reformats, digitizes and uploads priceless audio-visual materials collected since the 1970s. DIAMA digitizes up to five sample videos for free and will co-sponsor – with any interested archive – a search for funds to digitize your complete collection. Contact us at DIAMA@isuma.tv

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    DIAMA was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.

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    Numériser les archives multimédia des peuples Inuit et indigènes

    DIAMA préserve les archives multimédia irremplaçables des peuples Inuit et indigènes qui sont à risque d’être perdues. IsumaTV nettoie, reformate, numérise and télécharge ces matériels audio-visuels inestimables, rassemblés depuis les années 70. DIAMA peut numériser jusqu’à cinq échantillons gratuitement et s’engage à parrainer en partie – avec n’importe quelle organisme intéressée – une recherche pour trouver les fonds nécessaires pour la numérisation complète de votre archive. Contactez nous à DIAMA@isuma.tv

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    DIAMA a été réalisé grâce à l'appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais de Culture canadienne en ligne.

    Canadian Heritage logo

    01-02-2010

    46978 views

  • DIAMA 2008-2009

    DIAMA 2008-2009

    by: IsumaTV

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    Digitizing the Inuit and Aboriginal Media Archive

    DIAMA preserves irreplaceable Inuit and Aboriginal media archives at risk of being lost. IsumaTV cleans, reformats, digitizes and uploads priceless audio-visual materials collected since the 1970s. DIAMA digitizes up to five sample videos for free and will co-sponsor – with any interested archive – a search for funds to digitize your complete collection. Contact us at DIAMA@isuma.tv

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    Browsing the archives

    DIAMA was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.

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    Numériser les archives multimédia des peuples Inuit et indigènes

    DIAMA préserve les archives multimédia irremplaçables des peuples Inuit et indigènes qui sont à risque d’être perdues. IsumaTV nettoie, reformate, numérise and télécharge ces matériels audio-visuels inestimables, rassemblés depuis les années 70. DIAMA peut numériser jusqu’à cinq échantillons gratuitement et s’engage à parrainer en partie – avec n’importe quelle organisme intéressée – une recherche pour trouver les fonds nécessaires pour la numérisation complète de votre archive. Contactez nous à DIAMA@isuma.tv

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    Naviguer les archives

    DIAMA a été réalisé grâce à l'appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais de Culture canadienne en ligne.

    13-08-2009

    25000 views

  • DIAMA 2009-2010

    DIAMA 2009-2010

    by: IsumaTV

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    Digitizing the Inuit and Aboriginal Media Archive

    DIAMA preserves irreplaceable Inuit and Aboriginal media archives at risk of being lost. IsumaTV cleans, reformats, digitizes and uploads priceless audio-visual materials collected since the 1970s. DIAMA digitizes up to five sample videos for free and will co-sponsor – with any interested archive – a search for funds to digitize your complete collection. Contact us at DIAMA@isuma.tv

    The archives by Community location // print views_embed_view('channel_map', 'default', '7257'); ?>

    Browsing the archives

    DIAMA was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.

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    Numériser les archives multimédia des peuples Inuit et indigènes

    DIAMA préserve les archives multimédia irremplaçables des peuples Inuit et indigènes qui sont à risque d’être perdues. IsumaTV nettoie, reformate, numérise and télécharge ces matériels audio-visuels inestimables, rassemblés depuis les années 70. DIAMA peut numériser jusqu’à cinq échantillons gratuitement et s’engage à parrainer en partie – avec n’importe quelle organisme intéressée – une recherche pour trouver les fonds nécessaires pour la numérisation complète de votre archive. Contactez nous à DIAMA@isuma.tv

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    Naviguer les archives

    DIAMA a été réalisé grâce à l'appui du ministère du Patrimoine canadien par le biais de Culture canadienne en ligne.

    01-02-2010

    6933 views

  • DID working channel

    by: IsumaTV

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    PRIVATE channel to use as a working space before going public. 

    03-05-2012

    2399 views

  • ealat.tv

    ealat.tv

    by: boazu

    Welcome to the EALÁT TV channel.

    EALÁT is a Reindeer Herders Vulnerability Network Study and is a project that examines reindeer pastoralism in the light of climate change.

    Ealát is 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 primary research institution in EALÁT is the Sámi University College-Nordic Sámi Institute (SUC-NSI). A wide number of other research institutions are involved in the project, along with the Association of World Reindeer Herders(WRH) and the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry. All are located in the heart of the Sámi region, Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino, Norway.

    EALÁT focuses on the adaptive capacity of reindeer pastoralism to climate variability and change and, in particular, on the integration of reindeer herders' knowledge in the study and analysis of their ability to adapt to environmental variability and change.

    For more information visit www.ealat.org

     

    30-11-2009

    8862 views

  • Educational resources

    by: IsumaTV

    This section includes educational resources such as educational institutions, grants and scholarships for Indigenous filmmakers.

    10-12-2008

    9057 views

  • Funding and support

    by: IsumaTV

    This section contains information about where to find funding and support.

    08-12-2008

    5661 views

  • Igloolik Radio Online

    Igloolik Radio Online

    by: IgloolikRadio

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    Share your perspective live via phone or Facebook!

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    03-04-2012

    271011 views

  • IKCC Screenings

    IKCC Screenings

    by: IsumaTV

    Book Screenings

    Book screenings, rent or buy copies of Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change from our distributor Vtape. Contact Wanda at +1.416.351.1317 or email wandav@vtape.org.

    06-12-2010

    7485 views

  • imagineNATIVE08

    imagineNATIVE08

    by: IsumaTV

    Film trailers from the 2008 Program

    This is a channel of nominated film trailers from the iN 2008 program.

    22-09-2008

    5342 views

  • ImagineNunavut

    ImagineNunavut

    by: IsumaTV

    Interviews with some participants of the 2008 Im@gine Nunavut Technology Show.

    13-02-2009

    4953 views

  • International Legal Action on Climate Change

    International Legal Action on Climate Change

    by: IsumaTV

    On December 7, 2005, Silla Watt-Cloutier and sixty-two Inuit hunters and elders from communities across Canada and Alaska filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Based on the findings of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment*, the petition alleges that the unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases from the United States violate Inuit cultural and environmental human rights as guaranteed by the 1948 American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man. 

    Although the IACHR decided against hearing her petition, the Commission invited Ms. Watt-Cloutier to testify with her international legal team (including lawyers from Earthjustice and the Center for International Environmental Law) at their first hearing on climate change and human rights on March 1, 2007.

    This channel features the unedited interviews from the petition.

    *The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment projects that Inuit hunting culture may not survive the loss of sea ice and other changes projected over the coming decades.

    05-06-2009

    16471 views

    English

  • Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    by: IsumaTV

    In the documentary film Inuit Cree Reconciliation (Inuit Adlait Isumagijuniqatiginiiq), Zacharias Kunuk and Neil Diamond team up to research the events and historical impacts of a 1770's war between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec.

    Following the Peace Celebration Event held at Nastapoka River in northern Québec by a small group of Inuit and Cree in the summer of 2011, Zacharias Kunuk (Inuit) and Neil Diamond (Cree) - two of Canada's most respected filmmakers - interview Inuit and Cree Elders in the side-by-side communities of Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagootsui researching an old 1770's war between the two nations and its impact on people today.

    Research for the project began in 2010. Check out some of the initial interviews here.

    As a parallel project to the film, the ARTCO project introduced Inuit and Cree children in the community to new media tools which were used in a multidisciplinary artistic process to explore past and present realities, to connect with others, practice collective action and create a better future.

    BOOK A SCREENING, rent or buy the film from Vtape +1.416.351.1317 email wandav@vtape.org.

    12-02-2013

    26173 views

    English

  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

    Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

    by: Ian Mauro

     

    COMMENT or DISCUSS the film

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    BOOK A SCREENING, rent or buy the film from Vtape +1.416.351.1317 email wandav@vtape.org.

    About the film

    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.

    READ MORE
    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.

    Please feel free to contact us should you like to organize a screening in your area. Email us: isuma@isuma.ca.

    LESS INFO
     

    29-04-2009

    255505 views

    Inuktitut

  • Isuma Archives

    Isuma Archives

    by: IsumaTV

     Igloolik Isuma Productions, Inc. was incorporated in January 1990 as Canada's first Inuit independent production company. Isuma is 75% Inuit-owned. The founding shareholders are Zacharias Kunuk (President), Paul Apak Angilirq (Vice-President), Pauloosie Qulitalik (Chairman), and Norman Cohn (Secretary-Treasurer). Paul Apak passed away in December 1998. Isuma’s headquarters are in Igloolik, Nunavut, with a southern office in Montreal and international representation in New York.

    Our Mission

    Isuma's mission is to produce independent community-based media – films, TV and now Internet - to preserve and enhance Inuit culture and language; to create jobs and economic development in Igloolik and Nunavut; and to tell authentic Inuit stories to Inuit and non-Inuit audiences worldwide.

    30-10-2015

    703 views

  • IsumaTV

    IsumaTV

    by: IsumaTV

    About IsumaTV

    Radio and Video interviews with the minds behind IsumaTV, and their reflections about its development.

    10-02-2008

    16148 views

  • IsumaTV Exclusive

    IsumaTV Exclusive

    by: IsumaTV

    IsumaTV and NITV present an exclusive channel with select films available to view online on IsumaTV. We are collaborating with a wide range of artists and filmmakers and are proud to host these shared works.

    16-07-2015

    1610 views

  • IsumaTV Mediaplayers

    IsumaTV Mediaplayers

    by: IsumaTV

    IsumaTV Mediaplayers bypass bandwidth speed and cap limits. Upload and download of media is faster and takes up little bandwidth.

    23-05-2014

    778 views

  • Kingulliit The Next Generation - TV

    Kingulliit The Next Generation - TV

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    Kingulliit: The Next Generation is a 3-part documentary in Inuktitut.

    Mixing never‐before seen historical footage with interviews of Inuit of all ages today, three episodes of Kingulliit, The Next Generation span the past, present and future of Inuit culture.

    Kingulliit Productions was created to reflect radical changes in the film industry, building on the foundation of Igloolik Isuma Productions and evolving toward multi-platform digital new media. 

    In association with Isuma Distribution International’s online distribution platform, IsumaTV, Kingulliit’s new productions are developed simultaneously for TV and the Internet answering the urgent need of more Inuktitut content in both platforms.

    28-02-2014

    2437 views

  • Kingulliit The Next Generation Blog

    Kingulliit The Next Generation Blog

    by: IsumaTV

    Kingulliit The Next Generation Blog is a Related Channel to the site Kingulliit The Next Generation. This related channel documents activities in 2010 and 2011 to move Inuktitut-language multimedia into a new generation of production and distribution through new media and new internet technologies. Starting November 2010, Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk leads a team to Nunavut communities to show how IsumaTV Hi-speed MediaPlayers boost slow internet to high-speed for over 2000 films on www.isuma.tv. Kunuk also screens in each community his newest documentary film, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, by downloading it from the internet using a Hi-speed MediaPlayer. Kunuk travels with Paul Quassa, former president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Canadian rock-star Lucie Idlout and Nunavut filmmaker, David Poisey, to introduce the potential benefits of faster internet for watching over 720 films in Inuktitut among a total of 2000 Inuit and Aboriginal films in 41 languages worldwide. John Hodgins, IsumaTV Technical Manager, installs the Hi-speed MediaPlayers in schools, libraries, youth centres or other locations where people can gain access to IsumaTV’s collection, and where local community videos can be uploaded to the worldwide website. This blog follows the process of their travels and results. Please join us to upload comments, suggestions, videos, photos or other materials relating to bringing Inuit and Aboriginal media out of the past and into the digital future.

    25-11-2010

    10078 views

  • KNR

    KNR

    by: Greenland

    KNR is a public television channel in Greenland featuring cultural programming

    02-03-2009

    6229 views

  • Live from the Floe Edge

    Live from the Floe Edge

    by: IsumaTV

    Live from the Floe Edge
    From an Inuit Point of View

    directed by Zacharias Kunuk
    for www.isuma.tv

    co-production of
    Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc
    Kunuk Cohn Productions Inc

    Produced with the financial participation of
    Government of Nunavut
    and
    Nunavut Film

    Live from the Floe Edge: From an Inuit Point of View is the world's first Inuit film produced expressly for distribution through the internet.

    Led by Igloolik Isuma Productions founder, Zacharias Kunuk, Canada's foremost northern filmmaker, Live from the Floe Edge uses Isuma's new video website www.isuma.tv as a global media platform for Inuit to speak through the internet to the future as they see it.

    Live from the Floe Edge is the first film, the first chapter of a production series to be distributed on IsumaTV throughout 2008-2010, presenting the view from the Inuit side of environmental issues, climate change and social, cultural and human rights challenges facing the arctic homeland in the 21st century.

    IsumaTV presents this unique, innovative and extraordinary filmmaking process through the internet.

    Directed by:
    Zacharias Kunuk

    Produced by:
    Zacharias kunuk - Stephane Rituit

    Executive Producer:
    Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk

    Camera
    Zacharias Kunuk, Paul Irngaut, Qajaaq Ellsworth, 40 Below Film Services

    Sound
    Aaron Kunuk

    Editing
    Carol Kunnuk

    Consultant
    Lucie Idlout, Qajaaq Ellsworth, Stephanie Silliker

    Production Managers
    Krista Uttak, Paul Quassa

    Production Assistants
    Lucy Tulugarjuk, Oana Spinu, Michelline Ammaq, Eric Nutarariaq, Brian Nutarariaq

    Production Assistants/ Camp Helpers
    Sandy Quassa, Joshua Kunuk, Paul Uttak, Jayson Kunuk, Clara Koonoo, Lizzie Makkik

    Transportation crew / Guides
    Simon Qamaniq, David Irngaut, Peter Awa, Richard Ammaroitok, Hyppolite Immaroitok, Paul Quassa, Joshua Anguratsiaq, Dennis Apak, Laben Kunuk, Phoebe Kunuk, John Arnastiaq, Artcirq's collective

    Helpers
    Jayco Kunuk, Joshua Kunuk, Benjamin Kunuk, Artcirq's Collective

    Accountant
    Benoit Gauthier

    Audit
    Jocelyne Loiselle CA

    Original Language
    Inuktitut and English.

    Distribution
    www.isuma.tv

    04-06-2009

    12454 views

    English

  • More Voices on Inuit Knowledge & Climate Change

    More Voices on Inuit Knowledge & Climate Change

    by: IsumaTV

    Additional Voices on Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change are being uploaded every day to the channel http://www.isuma.tv/ikcc/voices. Some in Inuktitut, others in English.

    More discussion about Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, other related human rights issues, see also IKCC at www.isuma.tv/ikcc

    14-10-2010

    27697 views

  • Multimedia and Human Rights

    by: IsumaTV

    Today's legal obligation to "Inform and Consult" with indigenous people regarding the development of their land must be met in a language people understand using the best technology available.

    Audio and video interactive new media allow oral spoken indigenous dialects to be the main language used to inform and consult.

    The Digital Indigenous Democracy multimedia Human Rights Impact Assessment delivers indigenous media by internet in a Human Rights legal framework to concerned parties in order to help make informed and collaborative decisions.

    This demonstrates the value of new media in regulation of resource developments hoping to meet 21st century constitutional and international standards of Human Rights. 

    For example of this work currently happening in Nunavut, click here

    For more information contact info@isuma.tv

     

    25-04-2014

    1876 views

  • NIPIVUT NUNATINNII Our Voice at Home

    NIPIVUT NUNATINNII Our Voice at Home

    by: IsumaTV

    Nipivut Nunatinnii Our Voice at Home Igloolik Community Radio Online +1.867.934.8080 or 8082 www.facebook.com/radiostation.igloolik or www.facebook.com/isumaTV

    LAST Call-in May 23, replay or download below. NEXT Call-in May 30 at 8-10 pm. 

    No signal? When CBC North is on air, we're not. Refresh your page [command+R]. Your internet connection may not be fast enough to hold a steady signal. Please wait and try again. Error 2032, update Adobe Flash Player

    Digital Indigenous Democracy (DID) www.isuma.tv/DID

     

    14-05-2012

    13843 views

  • NITV Québec

    NITV Québec

    by: IsumaTV

    Check out NITV local programming from Igloolik 1995-2007

    Nunavut Independent Television Network (formerly called Tarriaksuk Video Centre), based in Igloolik, Nunavut, is Canada's first artist-run media centre located in a remote Inuit community. Founded in 1991, NITV's mandate is to encourage and support the creation of artistic, community-based media productions that serve the objectives of self-representation and cultural/linguistic preservation by adapting Inuit oral traditions to modern media technologies. Specifically, NITV aims to expand local access television in Igloolik and link other Nunavut communities through NITV on IsumaTV 3.0, by developing the use of Internet-TV (IPTV) to increase the production and distribution of Inuktitut-language and other Aboriginal programming. NITV is one of the founding members of IsumaTV [www.isuma.tv], a collective multimedia internet 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 3.0 internet and socio-political networking. More information at info@isuma.tv.

    23-05-2011

    9044 views

  • Our Lands

    Our Lands

    by: admin

    online information resources about what is happneing to our earth, water, trees and air

    09-10-2008

    164803 views

  • Piorsarsimassuseq

    Piorsarsimassuseq

    by: Greenland

    Piorsarsimassuseq is an original television program broadcast on KNR Greenland.

    Piorsarsimassuseq is a television program from Greenland national tv and radio, KNR

    16-02-2009

    6997 views

    Kalaallisut

  • Qikiqtani Voices

    Qikiqtani Voices

    by: IsumaTV

    Building Community Capacity and Infrastructure for Ongoing Dialogue and Consultation about Mary River

    This project is produced by the Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV) and IsumaTV. A project to help facilitate ongoing dialogue and consultation about Mary River through new media.

    It expands the infrastructure and builds local capacity to engage in on-going consultation and monitoring activities related to the Mary River Project. This objective follows-up the key message of IsumaTV’s formal Intervention to the NIRB that informing and consulting Inuit in oral language Inuktitut on an on-going basis is the key to respecting Inuit human rights while meeting standards of inform, consult, monitor and mitigate required by NIRB’s Terms and Conditions.

    The project team takes no advocacy position about the Mary River Project and its potential impacts, but rather provides a modern 21st century communication platform for enhancing the information and space for dialogue about Mary River at the community level.

    Through informed participation and constructive contributions to the on-going monitoring processes, community members will be empowered and will help identify potential impacts so that they can be addressed in a proactive and collaborative manner.

    Qikiqtani Voices is funded through the Ilagiiktunut Fund of Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), a fund created as a result of the Mary River Project Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA). 

     

    19-10-2015

    5020 views

  • Sofa Aappalaartoq

    Sofa Aappalaartoq

    by: Greenland

    This is a series of episodes from the acclaimed Greenland television series "Sofa Aappalaartoq".

    This is a series of episodes from the acclaimed Greenland television series "Sofa Aappalaartoq".

    18-02-2009

    10246 views

  • Stranded Narwhales

    Stranded Narwhales

    by: IsumaTV

    IQ principle of Aajiiqatigiingniq: Consensus–Decision Making (IQ: Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit means traditional Inuit Knowledge)

    25-11-2008

    5421 views

  • Taloyoak Television

    Taloyoak Television

    by: IsumaTV

    Welcome to Channel 51 Taloyoak Tv.If you want to view certain videos posted on Isuma.tv let Channel 51 Maintainer Joseph Quqqiaq Jr know which video or videos you would like to view on Taloyoak Tv Channel 51.Thank You,Enjoy!!!

    05-11-2014

    8294 views

  • Testimony by Isuma

    Testimony by Isuma

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    Residential School survivors testimonies

    Residential school survivors' testimonies, filmed by Zacharias Kunuk and Peter Irniq. Most testimonies are shared in Inuktitut.  Read English translations when available by clicking on Read More in the text below each film.

    29-01-2009

    14676 views

    Inuktitut

  • The 9th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

    The 9th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

    by: IsumaTV

    LIVE on IsumaTV May 29th 7:45pm - 10 pm EST

    THE 9th ANNUAL LAFONTAINE-BALDWIN SYMPOSIUM: Featuring SIILA WATT-CLOUTIER

    Click more info for more information about this live webcast.

    - Opening Ceremony

    - Word of Welcome from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada

    - Presentation of the winners of a photo competition by Dr Zacharias Kunuk O.C.

    - Presentation of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium by John Ralston Saul

    - Introduction of Siila Watt-Cloutier by the Honourable Ann Meekitjuk Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut

    - SIILA WATT-CLOUTIER, Inuit climate activist and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, speaking LIVE from Iqaluit on Inuit Knowledge, Human Rights and Climate Change.

    - Q&A and Inuit entertainment.

     

    THE 9th ANNUAL LAFONTAINE-BALDWIN SYMPOSIUM

    is a presentation of

    the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and The Dominion Institut

    This webcast live on IsumaTV from Iqaluit, Nunavut is made possible with the support of

    SSI Micro

    27-05-2009

    11468 views

    Inuktitut

  • The Arctic

    The Arctic

    by: IsumaTV

    Maps of Inuit communities in Nunavut

    11-12-2008

    4869 views

  • The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High-definition Inuit Storytelling

    The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High-definition Inuit Storytelling

    by: IsumaTV

    The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High-definition Inuit Storytelling

    In January 2008, Isuma Publishing released a new book, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen: A Sense of Memory and High-definition Inuit Storytelling. This book includes the complete original screenplay in English and Inuktitut of The Journals, Isuma's second feature film in The Fast Runner Trilogy after Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, and 25 pieces of

    09-12-2008

    6552 views

  • Unikkaat Sivunittinnit: Messages from the Past

    Unikkaat Sivunittinnit: Messages from the Past

    by: IsumaTV

    CD collection of traditional ajaja songs sung by Elders of Igloolik

    Recorded in 1991, this CD collection of traditional ajaja songs sung by Elders of Igloolik records twenty-four ‘known’ song-stories of the last Inuit generation born into the ancient lifestyle, and the first to move into the modern world of today.

    10-12-2008

    5774 views

    Inuktitut

  • Youth

    Youth

    by: IsumaTV

    Isuma Productions films produced by and for Inuit youth.

    22-07-2014

    1172 views

  • Ningiuq
    00:11:25

    Ningiuq

    by: 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

    14-04-2014

    6580 views

    Canada

    Inuktitut

  • First Peoples Festival in Peril

    First Peoples Festival in Peril

    by: 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

     

    03-03-2014

    1578 views

    Canada

    English

  • Inuit Cree Reconciliation
    00:46:34

    Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    by: Zacharias Kunuk

    channel: Inuit Cree Reconciliation

    Zacharias Kunuk and Neil Diamond team up to research the events and historical impacts of an 18th century conflict between Inuit and Cree in Northern Québec.

    Produced by Kingulliit Productions.

    Screening Information:

    Year:  2013

    Genre:  Documentary

    Length: 45 minutes

    Language: Inuktitut & Cree (English subtitles)

    09-12-2013

    15902 views

    Canada

    Inuktitut

  • DID in the News!

    DID in the News!

    by: 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.

    Personal Democracy Media is grateful to the Omidyar Network and the UN Foundation for their generous support of techPresident's WeGov section.

    www.techpresident.com

     

    30-09-2013

    1714 views

  • Arnait Video Productions

    Arnait Video Productions

    by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

    Inuit women's video collective, Igloolik

    Tungasugiti! Welcome!

    Before Tomorror - Ninioq and Maniq

    The women of Arnait have found that building connections to our traditions and, thereby, with the lives of our ancestors, gives shape and vitality to the lives we are leading and to the whole of the world we are sharing. Our inspiration is rooted in the past and blossoms in the present – to shine as an example for those around us. We invite you to discover the things we believe in and partake in the world view that sustains us.

    Find out more about Arnait and our work.

    Visit Our New Website www.arnaitvideo.ca

     

    Uvanga will play in Mexico

    UVANGA will be at the Festival Internacional de CIne de Guadalajara, Mexico in the Quebec, Guest of Honor selection. The festival takes place from March 21 until 30. The film will be in good company with about 15 other features from Quebec and a number of documentaries. 

    Uvanga premiers in Montréal and Toronto

    Uvanga is competing in the prestigious FOCUS section of the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma which features Quebecois and Canadian films that reflect the richness of emerging new cinema.

    The film will later screen in Toronto at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival Closing Night Gala October 20th.

     

    Uvanga wins Best Feature at the Yellowknife International Film Festival

    Uvanga opened the 7th annual Yellownkife International Film Festival on October 1st with a screening at the Northern Arts and Culture Cenre.

    Uvanga was honered with the Best Feature award at the festival's first ever award ceremony held October 6th!

     

     

     

    Uvanga screening in home town Igloolik

    Uvanga screened on September 21th to an exited home town crowd in Igloolik! Much fun was had and reviews were positive!

    Next stop: Cinéfest Sudbury Intetnational Film Festival

     

     

     

    Production begins in Igloolik on Arnait's second feature

    Principal photography began July 9, 2012 on Uvanga. The film is co-directed by Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu and will be shot entirely on location in Igloolik, Nunavut over the next 25 days.

    The film stars Montreal-based actress Marianne Farley and newcomer Lukasi Forrest.

     

    Before Tomorrow wins Best Canadian First Festure at TIFF 2008

    Before Tomorrow premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 7th. Other fall screenings include: Reykjavik International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, imagineNATIVE festival, Pusan International Film Festival and the 33rd Annual American Indian Film Festival.

    And in October Arnait Video members will give a workshop at Trent University in Peterborough, connecting with Aboriginal women of Southern Ontario.

     

    Arnait premiers Before Tomorrow in Igloolik and Puvirnituq

     Igloolik premier

    Before Tomorrow premiered in Igloolik on February 23rd in 2008 and in Puvirnituq and Kujjuuaq on May 6-7-8. Members of the Arnait Video collective (Susan Avingaq, Madeline Ivalu, Carol Kunnuk et Marie-Hélène Cousineau) presented the film in front of attentive audiences. Props and select costumes from the film were also on display. As with previous films produced by Igloolik Isuma Productions, the film's first audience was the community involved in making the film.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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