Preview for the documentary film Angirattut (Coming Home) by Zacharias Kunuk.
Footage from Artcirq's performance of ASIU (Lost) at the 2014 edition of the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit.
Asiu is Artcirq's latest show and is inspired by the traditional Inuit legend Amaqup Nunaat (The Land of Wolves) about two brothers who find themselves lost in the mysterious world of the Shadow People.
Tagged:alianait, Artcirq, Asiu, circus, ift_community_Igloolik, Inuit
Location:Canada, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Words by Michaela McGuire
Video by EVIL Patrick Shannon
Tagged:enbridge, haida gwaii
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
Tagged:ancestors, Christin Merlhiot, ift_community_Igloolik, Igloolik, Inuit, naming, Rachel Uyarasuk, reincarnation
Location:Canada, Igloolik, Nunavut
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.
Tagged:film festival, indigenous arts festival, Montreal, Montreal First Peoples Festival, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, quebec
Location:Canada, Montreal, Quebec
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.
INUKTITUT AUDIO FROM THE HEARINGS: www.isuma.tv/DID/radio/igloolik
ENGLISH AUDIO: www.isuma.tv/DID/Live/NIRBMaryRiverHearings/English
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Norman Cohn, 514-576-0707, email@example.com
Tagged:baffindland, live webcast, Mary River, NIRB
Location:Canada, Nunavut, Pond Inlet
Indigenous peoples’ resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge and their deep understanding of the land.
For indigenous peoples, resilience is rooted in traditional knowledge, as their capacity to adapt to environmental change is based first and foremost on in-depth understanding of the land.
As climate change increasingly impacts indigenous landscapes, communities are responding and adapting in unique ways.
United Nations University (2012)