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In 1985, Zacharias Kunuk broke the race barrier at Canada Council for the Arts when his Inuktitut-language video, From Inuk Point of View, was the first work by an Inuit or Aboriginal artist deemed eligible to apply for a professional artist’s grant. Kunuk was the video’s director; Norman Cohn cameraman; Paul Apak editor; and elder Pauloosie Qulitalik told the story. By 1990, the four partners had formed Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. to produce independent video art from an Inuit point of view. Early Isuma videos, featuring actors recreating Inuit life in the 1930s and 1940s, were shown to Inuit at home and in museums and galleries around the world. Over the next ten years, Isuma artists helped establish an Inuit media arts centre, NITV; a women’s collective, Arnait Video Productions; and Artcirq, a youth media and circus group. In 2001, Isuma’s first feature-length drama, Atanarjuat The Fast Runner, won the Caméra d’or at the Cannes Film Festival; in 2002, both Atanarjuat and Nunavut (Our Land), a 13-part TV series, were shown at Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany. Isuma’s second feature, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, opened the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, and its third feature, Before Tomorrow, written and directed by Igloolik’s Arnait women’s collective, was screened in World Cinema Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In 2008, Isuma launched IsumaTV, the world’s first website for Indigenous media art, now showing over 7,850 films and videos in 71 languages. In 2012, Isuma produced Digital Indigenous Democracy, an internet network to inform and consult Inuit in low-bandwidth communities facing development of the Baffinland Iron Mine and other resource projects. Isuma then produced a non-fiction feature about what took place during this intervention, My Father’s Land (2014). Further recent projects include the feature drama, Maliglutit (Searchers), the TV series, Hunting With My Ancestors, and the first Haida-language feature film, Edge of the Knife. For more information write info [at] isuma [dot] tv, visit Isuma TV, and follow Isuma on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 1985, ᓴᖃᓕᐊᓯ ᑯᓄᒃ ᐅᕕᓂᐅᖃᑎᒌᖏᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᔪᕈᑕᐅᒐᓗᐊᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᒍᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᓯᒪᔭᖓᒍᑦ, ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᐹᖑᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᒃᓄᑦ ᐅᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᕐᖄᕐᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᑎᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂᒃ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᑯᓄᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᐸᖑᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐅᕐᑎᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨ, ᓄᐊᒪᓐ ᑰᓐ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ, ᐸᓪ ᐋᐸᒃ ᓇᑲᑎᕆᔨᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓐᓇᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐸᐅᓗᓯ ᖁᓕᑦᑕᓕᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕐᑎᐅᓪᓗᓂ. ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 1990, ᑎᓴᒪᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᑎᒌᒃᑐᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᑐᑦ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ ᐃᓱᒪ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐅᕐᑎᑦ ᓴᕿᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐊᓂᒃ ᓇᖏᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐋᕿᒃᑕᒥᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᖓ ᒪᓕᒃᖢᒍ. ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᖑᔪᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ, ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐅᕐᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᖏᓐᓂ 1930 ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 1940, ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᑐᑦ ᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᖏᕋᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃᒥ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ. ᐊᕋᒍᑦ ᖁᓖᑦ ᐊᕋᒍᓂ, ᐃᓱᒪ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᓕᕆᔨᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᔾᔪᑎᓄᑦ ᑐᖓᕕᒃᒥᒃ, NITV; ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ, ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐅᕐᑎᑦ; ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕐᑎᒃ, ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᐃᑦ ᐱᖑᐊᕐᑎᑦ ᖁᖏᐊᕐᑎᑦᑎᔩᑦ. ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2001, ᐃᓱᒪ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᐸᖑᓪᓗᓂ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᑎᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᖅ, ᐊᑕᓈᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐅᕿᓚᔪᖅ, ᓵᓛᒃᓴᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ Caméra d’Or ᑲᓐᔅ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ; ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2002, ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᑕᓈᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ (ᓄᓇᕗᑦ), ᑏᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒃᓴᖅ 13 ᖏᕐᓱᕐᓗᓂ, ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᑕᕙᓂ Documenta 11 ᓄᓇᒥ ᑭᓱᓪ Kassel, ᔮᒪᓂ. ᐃᓱᒪ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᕐ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᖓ. ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖓ ᑯᓄᑦ ᕌᔅᒥᐅᓴᓐᑦ, ᒪᑐᐃᕐᓯᔾᔪᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2006 ᑐᓛᓐᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᓂᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᕐᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐱᖓᔪᖓᑦ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᖅ, ᖃᐅᒃᐸᖑᖏᓐᓂᖓᓂ, ᑎᑎᕋᕐᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃᒥ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᑲᑎᓯᒪᔭᖏᑦ, ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᒋᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓇᓱᒃᑐᓂ ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2009 ᓴᓐᑖᓐᔅ ᑕᕆᔮᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓲᑎᖃᕐᓂᖅ. ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2008, ᐃᓱᒪ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᑎᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᑐᑦ IsumaTV, ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᐹᖑᔪᖅ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᕐᖄᕐᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᔾᔪᑎ, ᑕᑯᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᓯᓪᓗᓂᓗ 7,850 ᑕᕆᔮᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᑯᑦ 71 ᐊᔾᔨᒋᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ. ᐊᕋᒍᖓᓂ 2012, ᐃᓱᒪ ᓴᕿᑦᑎᓚᐅᕐᑐᑦ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᕐᖄᕐᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓱᕐᓂᖏᑦ, ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᑕᕐᕕᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᓗᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑎᑦᑎᓗᓂᓗ ᐃᓄᒃᓂᒃ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᒃᑰᕈᑎ ᓴᖏᖏᓗᐊᕐᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒃᓄᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᒃᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᐹᕕᓐᓛᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᒃᓯᐅᕐᑎᑦ ᓴᕕᒃᓴᒥᒃ ᐊᓯᖏᓪᓗ ᐅᔭᕋᒃᑕᕐᕕᐅᔪᑦ. ᐃᓱᒪ ᓴᕿᑎᓕᓚᐅᕐᒥᔪᑦ ᓱᓕᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᒥᒃ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐊᒥᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᖃᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᑭᐅᓗᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐊᑖᑕᒪ ᓄᓇᖓ (2014). ᖃᖓᑦᑎᐊᖑᓚᐅᕐᑐᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᑕᐅᓯᒪᒃᒥᔪᖅ ᑕᕆᐅᔭᐅᓯᐊᖑᓪᓗᓂ, ᒪᓕᒡᓗᑎᑦ (ᕿᓂᕐᑎᑦ); ᑏᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᕿᔮᕐᑐᒃᓴᐃᑦ, ᐊᖑᓇᓱᖃᑎᒋᓗᒋᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᕗᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᐸᖑᔪᖅ ᕼᐊᐃᑕ −ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖓᒍᑦ ᑕᕆᔭᐅᓯᐊᖑᔪᖅ, ᓴᕕᐅᑦ ᑮᓇᖓ. ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᒍᕕᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᒋᓗᒍ info [at] isuma [dot] tv, ᑕᑯᒋᐊᕐᓗᒍ IsumaTV, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᒍ ᐃᓱᒪ ᐅᕘᓇ Twitter, Instagram ᐊᒻᒪᓗ Facebook.