Nunavik Net logs off for good

By JANE GEORGE

DORVAL Nunavik’s public broadcaster, Taqramiut Nipingat Inc. (TNI), has decided to pull out of the internet business.

The Inuit-owned company suspended its Nunavik Net project last August after running into serious financial difficulty, leaving internet subscribers without service.

Now, TNI president George Berthe says the corporation will concentrate on getting its financial affairs in order and stick to its original mandate.

“First, we’ve got to excel in what we do best,” Berthe said.

TNI was established to produce television and radio programs in Inuttitut for Nunavik residents.

The corporation is currently trying to replace Putilik Ilisitik, a skilled camerman and editor, who recently resigned from TNI’s television bureau in Salluit.

Ilisituk was the 1992 winner of an award for his outstanding contribution to aboriginal journalism.

Makivik Corporation will help

Meanwhile, Makivik Corporation has been asked to help TNI straighten out its finances.

“They honestly want to help us, but not give us a free ride, either,” said Berthe, also an assistant to Makivik second vice-president, Johnny Peters.

Berthe said he promises to keep a tighter hold on TNI expenditures.

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