Quebec government announces grants for 5 Nunavik radio stations

Stations across Nunavik will be getting $10K each

Quebec’s minister of culture and communications has announced financial support for 17 Indigenous radio stations across Quebec, including five stations in Nunavik. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

Five Nunavik radio stations are receiving grants from the Quebec government as part of a provincial financial assistance program for Indigenous-run radio stations.

Seventeen stations will be receiving $10,000 each, as part of a broad $170,000 investment, Quebec’s minister of culture and communications announced Monday.

“These radios are a very important communication vehicle in Indigenous communities, and that is why our government is keen to support them,” said Nathalie Roy.

“Our investments contribute to the vitality of communities and contribute to the influence of these rich cultures, while allowing the promotion of Indigenous languages.”

The following five stations in Nunavik will be receiving the grants:

  • CKUJ FM Radio in Kuujjuaq
  • Kangiqsualujjuaq Community Radio
  • Puvirnituup Tusautinga CKPV FM
  • Qarqalik Radio Station in Kangiqsujuaq
  • Tusarvik FM Station in Salluit
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(14) Comments:

  1. Posted by Daily listener on

    Wonderful! Now if this grant could be used to put an end to the morning prayer that gets transmitted into our ears every single day on CKUJ FM Radio in Kuujjuaq that would be great. Who knows why we are still tolerable to religion being on the agenda. Community fm is for all the community and not only the worshipers of a bible.

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    • Posted by KUUJJUAMIUK on

      When whats his name start ranting about the bible , i just switch or shut off the channel for 10 minutes, everyday. its very annoying.

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      • Posted by The day is almost gone prayers on

        I usually listen to CBC radios, but every once in awhile I try to tune to fm kuujjuaq. Few days ago, I switched to local fm from CBC, at 10 in morning, and low and behold, the announcers was just signing on. She started with a our father, as though the day was just starting, at 10 in morning. Then she coughed and sneezing, laughing and played the usual religious songs just before an elder started his morning ritual of John this Luke that. Telling all citizens to be good , like little kids. And this is all on air around the globe, listening to as a joke. Use the funds wisely.

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      • Posted by Use of radio on

        It’s really unfortunate that the radio stations in the north are not used for education and sensible entertainment. Some much time spent on telling people to call each other, or bring back the stolen honda or skidoo. Then the missionaries are still getting their fake news aired via the religious fanatics as long as there’s a person working the buttons at the fm. Thanks for CBC and for a few out of town folks that have a radio show once in awhile .

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    • Posted by Kuujjuamiut on

      A lot is wrong with Kuujjuaq fm doing church services AND daily prayer.

      Matthew 6:7 KJV
      [7] But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

      We DO NOT need to repeat the same “daily bread” prayer, Jesus simply spoke it to USE AS AN EXAMPLE ON HOW TO PRAY, NOT TO REPEAT.
      Next, when church services are being aired, people read in a monotone voice and make the Bible seem boring.
      The same people going on air, reading slow and in a monotone where people eventually tune off and end up never learning.
      Plus, Bible also says no women should teach in Church which Kuujjuamiut going on air OFTEN don’t even know what the Bible says and yet violate it and are all “amen, amen” when amen means ITS TRUE, it doesn’t mean some spiritual word you can say anytime, when you say amen you agree with what was spoken.
      1 Corinthians 14:34-35 KJV
      [34] Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. [35] And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

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  2. Posted by Train the kuujjuaq announcers on

    First of all use that money to train or hire educated announcers. It’s pathetic to turn on the fm in kuujjuaq and hear not only prayers and religious fanatics, but the announcers are ridiculously ignorant to worldly awareness. Even when some important news comes on CBC for the Nunavik area, the announcers have been known to cut in with some foolish annoying song or comment that’s making kuujjuaq look ignorant on the World Wide Web of radio online, of which kuujjuaq is part of. That would be good use for that funds, plus don’t have drop out school kids on the air. Get real who every is overseeing the fm stations.

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  3. Posted by Johnny call susie on

    The two or so radio announcers in kuujjuaq talk like they have a candy or bubble gum in the mouth , or no teeth. Should get them appointment at dentist.

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  4. Posted by how will the 10K be spent on

    How will CKUJ FM spend the money? What improvements will be done.
    Spending of public monies should be transparent to the public.
    AMEN!

      • Posted by 10 cents on

        For the results we get as listeners of the stations , it’s worth only about 10 cents. I agree it wii, take even more than 100 thousand to train what we have now to be worth 1 dollar.

  5. Posted by I’m the name of.. on

    10k going to be spent on more morning prayers, same old songs, same routines. They’re just giving funding to these places to keep it going. Don’t be surprised when nothing changes.

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  6. Posted by CBC a Conduit on

    CBC is supposed to have no religious affiliation. This happens all the time in community radios in Nunavut as well. Most of the time we have to listen to callers preaching about the bible. The hosts at gospel music most of the time. We keep hearing that Jesus is the only answer both from callers and hosts. The Iqaluit station is complicit. Their afternoon show is the worst. Yet the manager acts as if he isn’t aware. Maybe he doesn’t really know. That would be sad if it were true.

  7. Posted by God made me do it on

    For a society so damaged on the impact of religious past, it makes no sense to hear the preaching. It’s not that long ago that religion was introduced to the north. It’s unfortunate that there has been such a void in people’s lives that western society could inject the ridiculous ideological aspects and people surrendered to it in a non productive way. Depending on some magic to guide their life, it’s no wonder there’s so much misery in the northern life style, where’s the past , or was there any past?

  8. Posted by Tune out on

    Kuujjuaq radio definitely has its inappropriate moments like when the announcer plays Covid 19 joke songs. Or like on last Fridays Rock Power Hour, a weekly show hosted by Sammy Koneak the mayor of Kuujjuaq, when the deputy mayor phoned in live to inform about a resident of Kuujjuaq who passed away from Covid complications and the mayors response was to say “life goes on” and then turned the music back up. Same old music by the way CCR which is overplayed and annoying.

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