New streaming platform offers trove of Inuit content on demand

Inuit Broadcasting Corp. and Qiniq partner to host close to 100 videos on Qview

In this episode of Uakallanga, drum dancer David Serkoak teaches host Annabella Piugattuk how to make a traditional drum. Uakallanga is one of several television shows available on the new streaming service Qview. (Screenshot courtesy of Qview)

By Emma Tranter

A new media-streaming platform called Qview is bringing northern content to people across the country.

Launching Tuesday on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Qview houses close to 100 videos from the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.

The service is similar to YouTube but in Inuktitut, said Manitok Thompson, IBC’s executive director.

“It’s so exciting. I’m so excited,” she said.

The platform is streamed through internet service provider Qiniq’s data centre in Ottawa and hosted through a partnership between Qiniq and SSi Canada, which services remote areas.

The project has been in the works for just under a year but was stalled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thompson said.

Programming will include children’s shows, Inuit Broadcasting Corp. archives, live shows and new programs.

“Schools will be able to access children’s shows,” she said.

“It’s really going to give a foundation to Inuit children.”

The broadcasting corporation’s archival footage, which spans four decades, is in all dialects of Inuktut and is shot and produced by Inuit.

New content will be uploaded to the platform every week, including live-streaming and the ability for the audience to message and interact live with hosts.

“These are real-life people talking from the Inuit perspective,” Thompson said.

The site also allows elders in southern Canada to watch Inuit programming, which Thompson said could help alleviate loneliness.

The goal is to eventually have Qview servers in all of Nunavut’s communities. According to Qview, people would be able to access content by connecting directly to their community’s servers.

The platform can be accessed through qview.ssicanada.com.

People can also purchase USBs with videos loaded onto them for $30, which allows users to watch without internet.

 

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by new tv channel on

    the new inuit tv channel popped up on my shaw recently. it is mostly just a screensaver of a qulliq burning 12 hours a day and random WWE wrestling reruns. I really hope this channel is not being funded by taxpayer dollars since this is the some of the most unengaging content ive ever seen on a tv channel

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    • Posted by Worried? on

      If you worried about how tax payer dollars are spent, I highly recommend not paying attention to any news or social media, governments find stupid ways to spend tax payer money.

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    • Posted by Bob on

      If that kind of minor thing triggers you than the CBC getting a billion dollars a year of tax payer dollars must get you crazy. I’d sooner give you $10, equivalent of your precious tax dollars to stop fishing and be quiet.

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  2. Posted by Reader on

    Back in 1960s early 70s,we had 1 tv channel black and white,snowy picture,and we were so happy,people nowadays have to much,enjoy what you have

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  3. Posted by Where’s the money? on

    So, does streaming these videos still count against Qiniq bandwidth quotas? Not much point to this if it’s still eating up all our bandwidth, youtube is better.

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