“Media and reconciliation” is a Truth and Reconciliation Commission call to journalist’s action

The TRC report urges Canadian journalism programs and media schools to “require education for all students on the history of Aboriginal peoples.”

ITK’s Natan Obed scolds reporters

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Natan Obed, President of the ITK, speaks during a press conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut “…Questions moved to the SNC-Lavalin affair, which has been dominating the news cycle in Ottawa for the last month. The shift in focus, away from human rights abuses experienced by Inuit, prompted Obed to scold reporters and remind media of its role in reconciliation.
Full transcript of his comments below:
“I think something that the media should reflect on is that throughout all of this, there has always been more important stories. And the stories of human rights abuses to Inuit. Every time there is something that happens, such as an apology today, there are other stories in the world.
But the fact that media passed right by the people whose human rights abuses were not told by the media for decades to other stories of the day is still a reflection on the work that needs to happen in reconciliation. The Inuit who were apologized today matter. This story matters. It is a Canadian story.
And I recognize that there are other media stories that matter as well. But I do hope in the future there can be more respect given to the place and time and the people who deserve to have their story told. And the media have a strong role to play to tell it.”
Obed is president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a national non-profit organization that represents 53 communities in the north.
“Media and reconciliation” is a subsection in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. The TRC report urges Canadian journalism programs and media schools to “require education for all students on the history of Aboriginal peoples.”….”


“Everyone is waking up”: Tanya Tagaq on fighting for justice and singing for Björk

“….Protest music has found an avant-garde champion in the formidable grunts and howls of Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. April Clare Welsh finds out how the First Nations activist and Björk collaborator is using her platform to shine a light on Canada’s dark history […]Tagaq believes that online activism like the virtual mob that flocked to Standing Rock has become “absolutely crucial” in the global fight for Indigenous rights. “Indigenous people have been fighting for the planet for a very, very long time,” she says, “but everyone is waking up to it now. You see these elders engaging in peaceful protests and getting pepper-sprayed by billionaire companies that just want more money – in 2016 that’s just unacceptable. Too many people are awake to accept that behaviour.”[…] Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada’s notorious Residential School System, a forced assimilation programme which operated from the late 19th century right until 1996, taking Indigenous children away from their communities and placing them in boarding schools around the country. Around 6,000 students died during the residential schools’ existence, and sexual and physical abuse was endemic – though Tagaq emphasises that she doesn’t carry personal pain from her time at high school: “I wouldn’t want to take anything away from the people who suffered the massive indignities themselves.”….”
Tanya Tagaq – Retribution

Tanya Tagaq “Uja” and “Umingmak” (live) — Polaris Music Prize 2014

Features | Inuktitut Tusaalanga

A glossary/mini-dictionary containing 1400+ Inuktitut terms accessible either in romanized or syllabic Inuktitut. 20+ dialogues with full audio and optional English definitions An index to the Inuktitut grammar concepts.

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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

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Media Habits of Francophone Communities in the NWT, Nunavut & the Yukon

Information is lacking on the expectations and media consumption habits of official language minority communities.
What do they read? What do they watch and listen to? What do they expect from the media that serve them in their language? How important do they consider the French and English languages in their everyday lives?
The Let’s Talk Media survey was conducted to answer these questions and provide members of the Alliance of Official Language Minority Media with reliable and credible data on their target customers.
The survey objectives were to determine the following:
-Consumption patterns for print and electronic media

-Patterns of Web and social network use

-Readership of local Francophone weeklies and readers’ perceptions of these newspapers

-Community Radio Audience and perceptions of these radio stations

-Profiles of their target customers

The survey was conducted by telephone with 102 respondents,18 years of age or older whose native language is French, or who use the French language in their daily lives, and who live in the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut.
In addition to the telephone survey, 39 respondents participated in the survey via the Internet, for a total of 1,095 respondents. Web participants were recruited through :

-Several organizations (socio-cultural associations, school boards, etc.) which promote language diversity and invited their members and partners to participate
-Announcements and invitations published and disseminated in the media and on AMM member websites

-Respondents from the Leger Marketing Web panel in some markets where the concentration of eligible
clients was less than 30% of the population
Data Collection
Telephone interviews were conducted from March 23 to July 6, 2011, whereas the Web interviews were conducted from November 28, 2010 to April 25, 2011.
Weighting and Margin of error
Final survey data were weighted according to age, gender and native language to ensure a representative sample of the Francophone population of the territories studied. Since the presented results combine Web and Telephone respondents, it is not possible to assign any margin of error to the figures.
Due to differences in the measuring instruments, target populations and data collection methods, the results of this report are not directly comparable to other readership or audience studies such as those by ComBase, NADbank or BBM.

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Jack ‘Sig’ Sigvaldason interview, 2004

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Published on Apr 17, 2012 by LizHargreaves

Canadian Journalism Foundation will honour NNSL.com publisher Jack Sigvaldason at its 15th Annual Awards Gala in Toronto on June 7, 2012.

Valerie Pringle, one of the jurors, says “the fact that he created this feisty, profitable mini newspaper empire in the NWT and Nunavut serving 60,000 people in two languages (English and Inuktitut) over an area of 1.5 million square miles is a massive achievement and the centrepiece of a 50 year career.”

Past recipients include June Callwood, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Pierre Berton (posthumous).

In this interview from 2004, Sig tells of starting – and growing – Northern News Services Ltd. Since this interview, NNSL has also acquired the Hay River Hub.

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Summit to look at new regional TV network for Nunavut

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[excerpt] February 16, 2012 – 1:11 pm Summit to look at new regional television network for Nunavut “There’s been frustration that there’s not enough Inuktitut programming on air” SARAH ROGERS The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation and Nunavut’s Ajjiit Media Association will team up to host the territory’s first-ever television summit in Iqaluit next month. At three-day summit the two organizations hope to get new ideas and support to create Nunavut’s first regional television network, as a way to boost the Inuktitut-language content available to Nunavut viewers. “There’s been frustration that there’s not enough Inuktitut programming on air, and what’s there is scattered,” said the IBC’s Debbie Brisebois. “We want to look at what we could do with the remarkable network of talented producers who live in the territory.” IBC currently produces five Inuktitut-language series, although Brisebois said they are not broadcast on a regular basis. Some time after the Government of Nunavut was looking at how to beef up its language protection act, the IBC submitted a paper suggesting that the territory could use a regional television network with regular Inuit language programming. […]
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Sights and Sounds of Arviat, Nunavut

Images and traditional music

from around

Arviat Nunavut

on the

Hudson’s Bay

coast of Canada

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