Indigenous Success Stories: Inuit

January 14, 2021

Uvagut TV

Nunatsiaq News – A long-awaited all-Inuit-language cable and satellite television channel will launch at 12:01 a.m. this Monday, Jan. 18. Nunavut Independent Television and Isuma TV will operate the new channel, called Uvagut TV. In English, the word “uvagut” means “us” or “we.” The new channel, announced this morning, will broadcast 168 hours of Inuktut programming each week — 24 hours a day, seven days a week — from producers such as the Inuit Broadcasting Society, Isuma TV, Arnait Video, Artcirq, Kingulliit and Taqqut Productions, and the Inuvialuit Communications Society.

That will include five hours of children’s programming per day, including IBC’s well-known Takuginai show.
NITV, Isuma and the Inuit Broadcasting Corp. have been working with Shaw and Arctic Co-ops since last September to obtain an Inuit-specific television channel.Arctic Co-ops offers cable television in 19 Nunavut communities and two in the N.W.T., using Shaw’s satellite service. Shaw’s own direct-to-home satellite service is also available in the N.W.T. and Nunavut.

July 9, 2020

Inuit TV

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and Inuit TV Network – launch Inuit TV with a special Nunavut Day announcement. NTI is investing more than $2.4 million, over three years, to strengthen Inuktut, Inuit culture and identity and access to information in Inuktut, the majority language of the territory. Currently, there is a lack of Inuktut programming on Nunavut television to balance the daily influence of western culture and language.
As an independent broadcaster Inuit TV will help to counter that influence by educating, entertaining and engaging Inuit in Inuktut. In its first year, Inuit TV will do occasional special broadcasts, and ramp up to a regular schedule of programming in 2021.

Inuit TV’s mission is to be an independent Inuit television broadcasting service that informs, educates, entertains and engages Nunavummiut. Inuit TV will promote, preserve and enhance Inuktut while reflecting Inuit identity and culture.

July 6, 2005

The Indigenous Reporters Program

Journalists for Human Rights – Launched in 2014 the Indigenous Reporters Program seeks to increase the quality and quantity of Indigenous stories and voices in media in Canada. To achieve this the program:

  • Works directly in and with Indigenous communities, engaging interested community members on journalism and media literacy capacity building programming.
  • Creates pathways of opportunities for Indigenous peoples to pursue careers in journalism through internship, mentorship and networking opportunities ultimately strengthening Indigenous voices in Canadian media.
  • Engages and trains non-Indigenous journalists and journalism students on best practices for reporting on Indigenous stories to ensure stories are reported on with more accuracy, frequency, and offer better informed perspectives.

“Our original target was to train 300 people, and we’ve now trained over 1,600,” says program lead Megan Fowler. “Our goal is to move beyond a one-time training approach and assist with curriculum development and institutional changes that increase the quality of reporting on Indigenous stories.”

January 21, 1992

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN)

APTN is the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world and has served Indigenous peoples in Canada as well as Canadian audiences, for over two decades. Steadfastly adhering to its mission: “to share our Peoples’ journey, celebrate our cultures, inspire our children and honour the wisdom of our Elders.”
Aimed at both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences with programming to interest all viewers: children’s animation, youth, cultural and traditional programming, music, drama, news and current affairs, as well as live coverage of special events and interactive programming.