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.… Read more
Founded in 1991 in Igloolik, NITV (Nunavut Independent Television Network, formerly called Tarriaksuk Video Centre) is Canada's first artist-run media centre in a remote Inuit community, adapting Inuit oral traditions to modern media technologies. NITV trains youth (Inuusiq, Artcirq, Arviat Film Society), women (Arnait Video) and Elders (Unikatuaatiit) to use media to strengthen Inuit culture and language. NITV television channels in Igloolik and other Nunavut communities broadcast Inuktut programming 24/7 through cable TV and online on IsumaTV. Recognized as an "eligible broadcaster" by Canada Media Fund, NITV’s broadcast licenses help finance feature films, TV series and documentaries by Isuma, Kingulliit, Arnait, Artcirq and Taqqut Productions and other Inuit independent filmmakers and media artists. NITV Live productions appear on community TV channels, isuma.tv/live and IsumaTV Facebook. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org.