IBC responds to editorial


I would like to take the opportunity to provide clarification to you and your readers on the information presented in the editorial of Aug. 17, 2009.

The editorial was in response to the IBC presentation made to the Iqaluit City Council on Aug. 4.  The presentation is also attached for further information.   
There are three points which require clarification:
1. IBC is a registered non-profit charitable organization under the Canada Corporations Act.  We are not a private company.  Each year we publish notice that our financial statements are available as well as applicable contact information. 

2. IBC is not a private broadcaster.  We are a producer.  IBC does not hold a broadcast licence. 

3. IBC’s  Board of Directors do not represent NTI.  Three of our board members are appointed by regional Inuit organizations and two are appointed at large.  I do not recall any circumstance, ever, where NTI or the regional organizations have exerted any “control” over any IBC business.   
IBC has been able to achieve significant milestones in large part to a multitude of supporters.  These include the Government of Nunavut, particularly the Department of Economic Development and Transportation and the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Canadian Heritage, APTN, Ajjiit Nunavut Media Association, Alianait! Arts Festival, City of Iqaluit, John Amagoalik, Hon. Leona Aglukkaq, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Igloolik Isuma Productions, National Film Board, Nunavut Film Development Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the regional Inuit associations, Piksuk Media, and Unikkaat Studios Inc. 
Readers will also remember the public support expressed by Nunavummiut and viewers from other regions during the Qanuq Isumavit phone-in show held on April 7, 2009. The list above and our viewers believe in the mandate and vision of IBC.  That is — television programs produced by Inuit, for Inuit, in Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.
I must thank you for your encouragement of financial assistance from NTI and others. We are pleased to advise that IBC is now in a position to approach these and other organizations, foundations and corporations to join us in building the Nunavut Media Arts Centre. 
I hope your continued interest helps us keep readers of Nunatsiaq News and viewers of IBC produced-programs involved by way of regular stories on our progress.  Might I suggest a tour of the Iqaluit office to meet the staff and record the state of the building today.
Okalik Eegeesiak

IBC presentation to the City of Iqaluit (60k, PDF)

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