The new Uvagut TV channel has been created by the Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV), an Inuit broadcaster that has been working since 1991 as a training centre and producer of Inuit programmes.
Broadcasts are set to include children’s programmes, documentaries, films, news, as well as some live broadcasting.
Inuit languages are official in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, 2 of 13 federated units of Canada. Even though, they are threatened by an ongoing process of language shift to English.
NITV Chairman Lucy Tulugarjuk hopes the new channel will help in the Inuit people’s “fight against time” to keep their languages and culture alive.