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Update on the Inuit Film and Video Archives

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The Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) announced earlier in March that significant progress has been made on the Inuit Film and Video Archives (IFVA), which was established to preserve and make accessible the significant collection of historic video and film that the IBC holds. The IBC produces award winning television programming by Inuit, for Inuit, supporting and celebrating Inuit cultural identity and practices. The IBC has collected over 40 years of film that includes an estimated 9000 hours of footage, which the IFVA archivists are working to digitally preserve, make accessible and physically protect. The process of digitization began a few years ago with some tapes being sent to Ottawa to be converted and others remaining in Nunavut. Digitization is costly and time-consuming but is important to preserving the legacy and impact of the IBC.
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Shuvinai Ashoona Appointed to the RCA

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In May 2016, Shuvinai Ashoona was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) for drawing. Although Ashoona was unable to attend the formal ceremony in Vancouver, the Inuit Art Foundation was able to assist in send her award to Kinngait with board member Pat Feheley in early February 2017. A community gathering was organized on February 8, 2017–including members of her family and Mayor Padlaya Qiatsuk–where Ashoona was surprised and presented her diploma and sash. Ashoona joins the ranks of a significant group of Inuit artists who share the RCA distinction including Helen Kalvak, OC (1901-1984; awarded 1974), Jessie Oonark, OC (awarded 1975) and Kananginak Pootoogook (awarded 1979). Read More

Inuit Art at the 57th Venice Biennale

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Kananginak Pootoogook, RCA (1935-2010) has been named as a participating artist in this years Venice Biennale, opening May 13, 2017. The late Kinngait (Cape Dorset) artist, known for his distinct figurative style and often humorous approach in both his graphic and sculptural works, is the first Inuit artist to be included in the fair. Read More

Kenojuak Ashevak Heritage Minute

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Historica Canada has launched a new Heritage Minute highlighting the groundbreaking career of the late Kinngait artist Kenojuak Ashevak today. The Heritage Minutes program relaunched in 2012 and is best known for its ubiquitous shorts from 1990s television that feature important Canadian cultural touchstones. The Kenojuak Minute was filmed on location outside of Kinngait last November and is the first to be produced entirely in Inuktitut as well as English and French. Read More

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