Stéphane Rituit


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  • A-DES-08

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    At the Mission. From left: Nukaya Amaituk Qisiiq, Putulik Pilurtuut, Kusugaliniq Ilimasaut, Arnaituk Nappaaluk, Qipita Arnaituk Nappaluk, Annie Alaku, Nassaaluk Ningniruluk, Uquutaq Jaaka.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Archives Deschâtelets/DES-08

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-010

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk picking mussels under the ice.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-010

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-061

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Transport dogs
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-061

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-001

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Masiu Ningiuruvik from Kangiqsujuaq.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-001

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-013

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Beluga ivalu (sinew) for sewing the qajaq is drying on the rocks.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-013

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-017

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    QAINNIUNIQ : making a qajaq.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-017

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-016

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    QAINNIUNIQ : making a qajaq. Angajurpaaq on the right
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-016

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-014

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    QAINNIUNIQ : making a qajaq. Anautaq chewing a sealskin
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-014

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-136

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Masiu Ningiuruvik from Kangiqsujuaq.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-136

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-032

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Qulliq (oil lamp)
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-032

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-102

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Pingu Alaku hunting beluga.
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-102

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • IND-BSA-117A

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    channel: Kingulliit

    Panoramic View of Kangiqsujuaq and the bay
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure fonds/Avataq Cultural Institute/BSA-117a

    uploaded date: 25-06-2015

  • Alianait Arts Festival 2008

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

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

    uploaded date: 29-06-2008

  • Alianait Arts Festival 2009

    uploaded 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

    uploaded date: 20-06-2009

  • Angel Street

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

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

    uploaded date: 19-11-2009

  • Before Tomorrow

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

    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

    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.

    uploaded date: 02-03-2009

  • Bernard Saladin d'Anglure

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Lauréat du Prix de la recherche scientifique sur le Nord

    Monsieur Bernard Saladin d'Anglure est né en France, en mai 1936. Il a reçu sa maîtrise en anthropologie de l'Université de Montréal en 1964, puis son doctorat en ethnologie de l'École pratique des hautes études de Paris en 1971. Au cours de ses travaux de doctorat, il a fait plusieurs voyages de recherche au Canada en plus de travailler comme assistant auprès du célèbre anthropologue Claude Lévi-Strauss.

    En 1956, il a obtenu une bourse de la Fondation nationale des bourses Zellidja en France, qui lui a permis de faire un bref séjour au Canada, plus précisément au Nunavik. Au cours de ce voyage, M. Saladin d'Anglure a colligé des données démographiques et ethnographiques et réalisé un documentaire qui a été primé. Il a aussi découvert sa passion : faire progresser les connaissances sur les Inuit et les diffuser en recourant à des moyens audiovisuels.

    Après avoir obtenu son doctorat, le professeur Saladin d'Anglure a élargi la portée de ses recherches pour se pencher sur le chamanisme et l'organisation politique. Chaque année, il a voyagé au Nunavik et au Nunavut, notamment à Igloolik et sur l'île de Baffin. Il a aussi visité occasionnellement le Labrador, le Groënland, l'Alaska ainsi que les Inuvialuit. Ces voyages lui ont permis de connaître à fond les peuples du Nord avec qui il a discuté de sujets traditionnels ou contemporains chez les Inuit.

    Monsieur Saladin d'Anglure a appris l'inuktitut qu'il parle couramment. Sa connaissance de la langue lui a ouvert les portes des peuples autochtones de l'Arctique et lui a permis de bien saisir les pratiques inuites. Afin de préserver la validité anthropologique et scientifique de ses travaux, et par respect envers les droits des Inuit, il a invité des Inuit à prendre part à ses travaux et leur a remis toutes les données qu'il avait colligées auprès d'eux. En 1974, M. Saladin d'Anglure a fondé l'Association Inuksiutiit Katimajiit Inc., une société canadienne sans but lucratif dont la principale mission était de remettre aux Inuit les données et les documents de recherche qu'il avait collectionnés, dont des cartes et des arbres généalogiques.

    En 1977, M. Saladin d'Anglure a lancé la publication scientifique d'envergure internationale Études Inuit Studies. Plusieurs dizaines de chercheurs et de lecteurs étrangers collaborent à cette publication qui est devenue une source précieuse de renseignements fiables sur les sciences sociales de l'Arctique.

    Le professeur Saladin d'Anglure a mis sur pied la conférence biennale et internationale sur les études inuites, qui est le principal forum de recherche sur les Inuit. Il a aussi fondé le Groupe d'études inuites et circumpolaires qui constitue le plus important centre de recherche sur les sciences sociales de l'Arctique.

    Tout au long de sa carrière, M. Saladin d'Anglure a joué un rôle de chef de file dans l'organisation, la promotion et la diffusion des connaissances scientifiques sur le Nord canadien. Sa passion d'en apprendre toujours davantage sur les Inuit et de partager ses connaissances avec le monde entier l'a poussé à constituer une imposante collection de documents écrits, audio et visuels qui est appréciée partout au monde. Le professeur Saladin d'Anglure jouit d'une réputation internationale de pionnier dans le domaine des études inuites en raison de ses innombrables et inestimables contributions.



    Bernard Saladin d'Anglure
    Northern Science Award Winner

    Professor Bernard Saladin d'Anglure was born in France in May 1936. In 1964, he received his masters degree from the Department of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. He received his PhD in Ethnology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études in 1971 in Paris. During his PhD studies, he made several research trips to Canada and was assistant to the renowned anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

    In 1956, he earned a scholarship from the Fondation Nationale des Bourses Zellidja (France) that brought him to Canada for a short visit to Nunavik. On this trip, Professor Saladin d'Anglure gathered demographic and ethnographic data and made an award-winning documentary film. He also discovered his passion: to advance knowledge of the Inuit and to share this knowledge with others through the use of audiovisual material.

    After obtaining his PhD, Professor Saladin d'Anglure broadened his scope of research to include shamanism and political organization. Yearly visits to Nunavik and Nunavut, including Igloolik and Baffin Island, and occasional visits to Labrador, the Inuvialuit, Greenland and Alaska allowed him to remain attuned to the people of the North, with whom he discussed topics related to traditional and contemporary Inuit thought.

    Professor Saladin d'Anglure learned to speak Inuktitut fluently and his knowledge of the language gave him access to the Aboriginal people of the Arctic and a deeper understanding of Inuit practices. To maintain a scientifically valid anthropology and out of respect for Inuit rights, he involved the Inuit in his research and turned over to them the data gathered from them. In 1974, Professor Saladin d'Anglure founded the Association Inuksiutiit Katimajiit Inc., a Canadian non-profit society whose primary purpose was to return to the Inuit the research data, such as land use maps and family trees, that he had collected.

    In 1977, Professor Saladin d'Anglure established the international journal of Inuit studies, Études Inuit Studies which has dozens of international contributors and readers, and has become a valued source of high quality information about Arctic social sciences.

    Professor Saladin d'Anglure launched the biennial international Inuit Studies Conference, a premier venue for the reportage of Inuit research. He also founded the Inuit and circumpolar studies group (GÉTIC), Canada's leading Arctic social sciences research centre.

    Throughout his career, he has been a leader in organizing, promoting and broadcasting scientific knowledge of the Canadian North. His passion to learn about the Inuit and to share this knowledge with the world has resulted in a rich compilation of written, recorded and visual data that is valued throughout the world. For all his contributions, Professor Saladin d'Anglure is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the field of Inuit studies.

    uploaded date: 16-12-2009


    uploaded 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.

    uploaded date: 30-11-2009

  • IKCC Rough-Cut (Spring 2010)

    uploaded by: Ian Mauro

    This "behind the scenes" channel allows Isuma to share the 90-minute IKCC rough-cut (completed spring 2010)

    uploaded date: 18-05-2010

  • Inuit Cree Warfare

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    "Inuit Cree Warfare" is the development/research title of one of Isuma's new feature film.

    We will share on this channel our researches and stories behind this part of our History.

    This project is led by: Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk), Ron Sheshamush (Cree) and Neil Diamond (Cree).

    uploaded date: 06-08-2010

  • Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

    uploaded by: Ian Mauro


    COMMENT or DISCUSS the film

    Video on Demand

    Download in SD

    Download in 720p HD

    Download in 1080p HD

    BOOK A SCREENING, rent or buy the film from Vtape +1.416.351.1317 email

    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.

    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:


    uploaded date: 29-04-2009

  • Kingulliit

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    ᑭᖑᓪᓖᑦ ᐅᖄᕗᖅ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᓕᓚᐅᕐᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ 1900-ᐄᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᕐᖄᕕᓂᖏᓐᓂ 30-ᓂ. ᐊᑦᓯᔭᐅᒪᔪᕕᓃᑦ `ᑭᖑᕚᖑᓕᕐᑐᑦ` ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐹᐅᓐᓂᕋᒥᒃ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒐᓴᕐᔪᐊᓂ ᓵᑦᓯᓱᑎᒃ ᐊᑦᔨᐅᖏᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᖑᒻᒥᔪᒥᒃ ᐊᓯᑦᔨᓚᐅᕐᓯᒪᓐᖏᑑᑉ ᖃᐅᔨᒻᒫᕆᔭᐅᑦᓱᓂᓗ ᓴᓂᐊᓐᓂᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᓕᓂᒻᒪᕆᐅᑦᓱᓂ ᐊᒥᓱᒐᓴᕐᔪᐊᓄᑦ ᑭᒍᕚᕇᕐᑎᑐᓄᑦ ᑌᑦᓱᒪᓐᖓᓂᐊᓗᒃ.

    uploaded date: 04-12-2012

  • Kingulliit The Next Generation Blog

    uploaded 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 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.

    uploaded date: 25-11-2010

  • Live from the Floe Edge

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

    Live from the Floe Edge
    From an Inuit Point of View

    directed by Zacharias Kunuk

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

    Produced with the financial participation of
    Government of Nunavut
    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 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

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

    Aaron Kunuk

    Carol Kunnuk

    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

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

    Benoit Gauthier

    Jocelyne Loiselle CA

    Original Language
    Inuktitut and English.


    uploaded date: 04-06-2009

  • More Voices on Inuit Knowledge & Climate Change

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

    Additional Voices on Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change are being uploaded every day to the channel Some in Inuktitut, others in English.

    More discussion about Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, other related human rights issues, see also IKCC at

    uploaded date: 14-10-2010

  • Nunavut Language Summit 2010

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    Nunavut Language Summit
    Our language brings us together
    Iqaluit February 9-12, 2010-01-06

    ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᕐᔪᐊᕐ ᓂᖅ
    ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ, ᕕᕈᐊᕆ 8-12, 2010

    uploaded date: 06-01-2010

  • Qaujimaviit

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    Qaujimaviit? is a series of educational, yet entertaining, videos for people who are interested in Inuktitut and want to learn more about the subtleties of this language.

    uploaded date: 04-02-2009

  • SOL

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    SOL - a new documentary by Arnait Video Productions.

    - more information coming soon -

    uploaded date: 18-02-2012

  • sol-1

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    SOL - a new documentary by Arnait Video Productions.

    - more information coming soon -

    uploaded date: 14-01-2013

  • The 9th Annual LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

    uploaded by: IsumaTV

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


    Click more info for more information about this live webcast.

    - Opening Ceremony

    uploaded date: 27-05-2009

  • Tungijuq

    uploaded by: Stéphane Rituit

    What We Eat: Inuit jazz throat-singer Tanya Tagaq, and Cannes-winning filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, talk back to Brigitte Bardot and anti-sealhunting lobby on the eternal reality of hunting.

    Selected for Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Best Short, imagineNATIVE Film Fest 2009.

    BOOK A SCREENING, rent or buy the film from Vtape +1.416.351.1317 email

    Download Tungijuq VOD


    uploaded date: 07-07-2009

  • 11m 25s


    uploaded 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

    uploaded date: 14-04-2014

  • First Peoples Festival in Peril

    uploaded 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


    uploaded date: 03-03-2014

  • DID in the News!

    uploaded 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.


    uploaded date: 30-09-2013

  • Ask Zach & Ian questions via Twitter leading up to our screening in New York on March 31.

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    channel: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

    IsumaTV announces our next interactive screening of our newest film Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change , taking place in New York City and online at We invite you to think of questions you would like to ask filmmakers Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro at the event. You can send us these questions via Twitter using the hashtag #ikcc_nafvf . A hashtag is just a way of organizing tweets so that both Isuma and the Native American Film + Video Festival can work together. All you have to do is type your question in twitter and at the end of the tweet type: "#ikcc_nafvf". We look forward to hearing from you!

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    uploaded date: 14-03-2011

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