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Nunavut Media Arts Centre a Step Closer to New HQ

The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation is one step closer to realizing its brand-new Inuit Media Arts Centre in Nunavut
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The third of three regional Inuit associations that the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has tapped for funding to build a new Nunavut Media Arts Centre has come through,with a $200,000 donation from the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA).

"It's always a nice surprise when it actually happens," IBC Executive Director Debbie Brisebois told Northern News Services in late November.

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association donated the land that the building will sit on, as well as $100,000, Northern News said, with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association giving $200,000.

"We're proud to be joining the Qikiqtani and Kitikmeot Inuit associations in supporting the exciting Media Arts Centre project. It's clear that Inuit everywhere in Nunavut want this to happen," said KIA treasurer Donna Adams in a statement.

The private sector has also shown support. In September, RL Hanson Construction Ltd, an Inuit owned, Iqaluit-based company specializing in general contracting, sealift delivery, grading, gravel hauling, heavy equipment operation, bussing and snow clearing, pledged to haul freight for the project at no cost from the sealift dock to the building site.

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“We believe in the project, and we’re ready to contribute,” said Bob Hanson, President of RL Hanson, in an IBC release at the time. “This is one way for us to help make it happen.”

IBC is an Inuit-owned and -run producer of television programming that "provides a window to the Arctic" with its award-winning fare, the broadcasting company says on its site.

IBC is holding off on the arts center’s next phase—at the moment the new digs consist of just a poured foundation, according to Northern News—while it seeks more funding. It has proposals in to the government of Nunavut and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

Architectural drawings and a comprehensive project plan are done, a thermosyphon foundation system has been installed, and IBC is in the process of going all-out on fund-raising. It hopes to have the center up and running by 2013.

IBC expects the Nunavut Media Arts Centre "to draw local and territorial freelancers, small to medium production companies, and other broadcasters – both Canadian and offshore – to work in Nunavut," it said in a media release earlier this year. "The centre will also be an important venue for Nunavut independent video and film producers, and will promote and raise the profile of Nunavut’s performers and artists in all media.... [and] will bring media arts in Nunavut to a new internationally-competitive level of production service and capacity."