This community driven radio initiative is part of the SSHRC funded Nunalijjuaq action research project for which I am Principal Investigator. In collaboration with Montreal Inuit community members, the Cabot Square Project and CKUT90.3FM, this project produces and broadcasts a bi-weekly Inuktitut language radio program in Montreal while evaluating its sustainability for the long term. The show called ᓂᐱᕗᑦ or Nipivut (‘Our Voice’) aired its first show on Oct 6 2015. You can listen to that first show here or scroll down to the list of shows below. From what we understand, this is the first time an Inuktitut language program is being broadcast in a southern city.
The principal goal of the radio show is to help build an inclusive Inuit community by disseminating essential information to the Inuit in the greater Montreal area. It also aims to provide a voice for Inuit in the Montreal community. Listeners are encouraged to continue the conversations and debates inspired by the show through the use of social media.
The radio program promotes the Inuktitut language in Montreal and provides a forum for Inuit to publicly discuss community life and issues in the city. This initiative also raises the profile of Inuit among the non-Inuit community in Montreal; creating a positive outlet for cultural awareness in the city. You can see a news piece that APTN did on the radio show here
Through the use of live broadcasts, podcasts and the on-line archiving of the shows, this project seeks to use radio as a means of connecting Inuit living in the south with their families and friends in the North.
Program Information – http://www.facebook.com/nipivut
LISTEN ON SOUNDCLOUD – https://soundcloud.com/nipivut
Length of Show: 60 minutes
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SHOW#25 – September 6 2016 – Here’s Episode 25 of Nipivut! On this show you’ll hear Annie talk with a few women who went to Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada’s engagement session last week at the Native Friendship Centre. We were at the unveiling of a massive mural at 2360 rue Ontario made by Cape Dorset youth last month, which was made with the help of MU and Embassy of Imagination. And we were at The Cabot Square Project/Projet Square Cabot’s Indigenous Friday’s summer closing party, so you’ll hear some live music by Saali & The Ravenhearts and Geronimo Inutiq, and a few conversations Akenisie had with Inuit at the park. All that, and we’re launching a new segment tonight called ‘Messages from the Mayors’ where the Nunavik mayors leave messages of support for students and all Inuit of Montreal. This show was hosted by Annie Pisuktie and made with the help of Akeeshoo Saata, Akenisie Qumak and David Murphy.
SHOW#24 – August 23 2016 – This is our special Kangirsuk episode! This past July, Pauyungie Nutaraaluk worked with Neevie Simigak, a high school student in Kangirsuk, Nunavik, to produce a show about Kangirsuk’s Arctic Char Music Festival! The show features interviews with Kangirsumiut and festival musicians, including live performances by Elisapie Isaac, Twin Flames, and Saali & The Ravenhearts. Special thanks to Diana Daly from Youth Fusion, Théâtre Incliné, and the Nunalijjuaq Project at Concordia University for making this special broadcast possible!
SHOW#23 – August 9 2016 – Episode 23 is here! On this week’s episode you’ll hear interviews from Akenisie and David who were at the Tillutarniit: ᓯᓚᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᕋᑦᓴᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅ / Outdoor Film Screening / Projection en plein air last week. Annie speaks to Rebecca Veevee about her cooking show in Nunavut and she speaks to Myna Ishulutak about her new film called Qipisa, which aired at the Présence autochtone/ Montreal First Peoples festival. That, and we have a bunch of songs by The Jerry Cans / Pai Gaalaqautikkut, Larry T, Beatrice Deer and more!
SHOW#22 – July 26 2016 – Here’s your new episode of Nipivut! On this show we have Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada Okalik Eegeesiak. Also Anita Uuttuvak talks about Uuttuvak Hockey and about her fundraiser to help send her two boys to Europe for a hockey tournament. And Akeeshoo was at the last Inuit carving workshop, as part of The Cabot Square Project/Projet Square Cabot’s Indigenous Fridays, and he interviewed Tiffany Ashoona about Inujunga. All that and songs by Elisapie, Nanook and Tanya Tagaq along the way. Annie hosts!
SHOW#21 – July 12 2016 – Here’s Episode 21 of Nipivut! Annie hosts, and she interviewed singer songwriter Susan Aglukark, spiritual healer Eva Deer, and Pitsulala Lyta. Our co-producer Akeeshoo also interviewed Inuit College Students Facebook admin Lydia Audlaluk. We also have songs by Susan Aglukark, William Tagoona and The Trade Offs along the way. Theme music by Geronimo Inutiq. Enjoy!
SHOW#20 – June 28 2016 – Here’s Episode 20 of Nipivut! It’s an Aboriginal Day special, with many interviews by Akenisie and Annie, and live performances from Inuit artists at Cabot Square. Enjoy! Some of those interviews include Geronimo Inutiq, Twin Flames Jaaji, Quebec Minister responsible for Native Affairs Geoffrey Kelley Député/MNA and many others. Also songs from Larry Tamusai, Beatrice Deer, Joey Shaw and Twin Flames. Annie hosts!
SHOW#19 – June 14 2016 – Episode 19 of Nipivut is here! This week on the show we have Elisapie Isaac, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Cathy Towtongie, the second part of our interview with National Inuit Youth Council president Maatalii Okalik, and host of the new MAtv show Urban Nations, Lachlan Madill. It’s a packed show, and Annie hosts!
SHOW#18 – May 31 2016 – This week Annie Pisuktie is back hosting. She interviews Piita Irniq about his recent trip to Nunavik and Nunavut. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril is back on the show too, talking about her new documentary, Angry Inuk, which just won the audience choice award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Annie also speaks to Sarah Maniapik about winning 40 First Air tickets and how she’s giving them away. And we’re airing the first part of Annie’s interview with National Inuit Youth Council president Maatalii Aneraq Okalik. Part two will be aired in two weeks time.
SHOW#17 – May 17 2016 – Akenisie hosts this week’s show! On the show are Beatrice Deer and the winner of the ESUMA and Aumaaggiivik song competition Larry Thomassiah from Salluit. Akenisie speaks to Sophie Keelan about Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada’s new cancer resource for Inuit. Ryerson University student Katherine Minich talks about her involvement with the National Urban Inuit Research Committee and her radio work in Toronto. And Ossie Michelin tells Akenisie about an incident he had with the Montreal Police last week.
SHOW#16 – May 3 2016 – On this week’s show Annie speaks to Eemeelayou Arnaquq from CBC North in Iqaluit, Nancy Mike from the Jerry Cans, David speaks to Isabella Weetaluktuk about her short-film ‘Three Thousand’ and he speaks to Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk about his glitch art. All that, and songs from William Tagoona and the Jerry Cans along the way!
SHOW#15 – Apr 19 2016 – Annie interviews elder Piita Irniq, our coverage of the Quebec Roots and Voices of Nunavimmiut book launch, and we talk with Ole Gjerstad about his documentary “Napagunnaqullusi – So That You Can Stand”.
Show hosted by Annie Pisuktie, with contributors Akenisie, David, Sara, Akeeshoo, and Agluvak.
SHOW#14 – Apr 5 2016 – Annie is back to host Nipivut this week. In this broadcast, we air the second half of Natan Obed’s presentation during the National Inuit Urban Inuit strategy meeting with Tungasuvvingat Inuit in Ottawa. Annie talks with Marion Massee of Tasiutigiit, Emilayou Arnaquq of CBC Radio, and Agluvak interviews Rachel Deutsch about the Cabot Square project. Special thanks to Sara and David.
SHOW#13 – Mar 22 2016 – Akenisie Qumak hosts this show, Annie speaks with Piita Irniq, 2nd half of Akenisie’s interview with Thumasi Mangiok, and 1st half of a presentation from Natan Obed, president of ITK, at Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s second national Urban Inuit strategy meeting. Special thanks to Nally and Sara.
SHOW#12 – Mar 8 2016 – Our host Annie covers the March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (held Feb 14th), Nally reports on Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s phase II of the Montreal urban Inuit engagement session, Akenisie interviews Thumasi Mangiok, and Agluvak talks with Tanya Tagaq. Special thanks to Sara. *Audio recording for Tanya Tagaq’s interview provided courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival
SHOW#11 – Feb 23 2016 – This broadcast was a special live event for the national 13th Annual Homelessness Marathon broadcast from outside the Native Friendship Centre on Tuesday, February 23rd. We welcomed guests to come speak freely on the microphone and had performances by Charlie Tumiq. This show is entirely in Inuktitut and was broadcast in different cities from coast to coast via community radio stations across Canada.
SHOW#10 – Feb 9 2016 – Interviews with Harry Okpik, Lucy Annanack, and Alethea Arnuquq-Baril, with music by Jaaji Okpik and Kelly Fraser. Hosted by Akenisie Qumak, with contributors Agluvak, Nally, Pauyungie and Sara.
SHOW#9 – Jan 26 2016 – Annie interviews Putulik Qumak, Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the SPVM Carlos De Angelis, and Renelta Arluk in her new role in the production of Pig Girl. Also Inuktitut language lesson by Saumik.
SHOW#8 – Jan 12 2016 – Interviews with Livi, Mini Freeman, Karen Baker-Anderson, Nualuq leDrew, Michael Gordon, and Agluvak
SHOW#7 – Dec 29 2015 – Our Christmas special and last broadcast of 2015! Annie hosts Nipivut live and takes calls from community members.
SHOW#6 – Dec 15 2015 This week Annie talked with Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit, about the recent announcement of an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women. We covered the digital storytelling project Inuusik, a partnership with Ivirtivik, Concordia University, and a team of Inuit researchers who made a series of videos about life in Montreal. We also talked about the urban Inuit strategy meeting held in Ottawa this October and spoke with Angus Anderson and Daryl Day. With our host, Annie Pisuktie and contributors Agluvak Puskas and Pauyungie Nutaraaluk.
SHOW#5 – Dec 1, 2015 – This week Akenisie hosts our show, Annie visits Ivirtivik, the Inuit employment centre in Montreal. The last part of Nina Segalowitz’s interview where she talks about Inuit in Montreal. Akenisie and Sara interviews Kelly Fraser and Agluvak respectively about the film “Of the North.” Hosted by Akenisie Qumak, with contributors Agluvak Puskas and Sara Breitkreutz.
SHOW#4 – Nov 17, 2015 – Interviews with Nina Segalowitz (part 3 of 4), Pauyungie Nutaraaluk, Reneltta Arluk and her show Tumit, coverage of the National Urban Inuit Strategy meeting in Ottawa and an Inuit community feast in Montreal. Hosted by Annie Pisuktie with contributors Akenisie Qumak, Pauyungie Nutaraaluk and Agluvak Puskas.
SHOW#3 – Nov 03, 2015 – Interviews with Nina Segalowitz (part 2 of 4), Desiree Cumberbatch, Donat Savoie, Andy Pirti, and Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt. Inuktitut language lesson with Saumik and Nally: Ai, Nakurmiik, Ilali! Hosted by Annie Pisuktie with contributors Pauyungie Nutaraaluk, Agluvak Puskas, and Kuzy Curley
SHOW#2 – Oct 20, 2015 – Interviews with Nina Segalowitz, Beatrice Deer, Geta Etorolopiaq, Jaaji Uppik and Chelsey June. Inuktitut Language lesson by Saumik and Nally. Hosted by Annie Pisuktie with contributors Pauyungie Nutaraaluk, Akenisie Qumak and Agluvak Puskas. Music by Jaaji Uppik, Northern Haze, Nina Segalowitz
SHOW#1 – Oct 6, 2015 – Interviews with Jason LeBlanc of Tuvasuvvingat Inuit in Ottawa, Larry Watt, and Annie Itoshat. Hosted by Annie Pisuktie, with contributors Pauyungie Nutaraaluk and Agluvak Puskas. Inuktitut language lessons by Saumik and Nally. Music by William Tagoona, The Jerry Cans