About Us

In the early 1970's, faced with the imminent arrival of electronic media in the territory and the rapid changes that were taking place in living conditions over which the people of the region had little control, the Inuit of Nunavik reacted. An extensive consultative process was launched by the Northern Quebec Inuit Association with the people of northern Quebec. A report entitled "The Northerners", a compilation of a number of accounts given during the consultative meetings, brought to light the pressing need for the Inuit to have an effective means of communicating with all their communities. At about the same time, with the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement in 1975, new administrative structures were soon to come into being, thus highlighting the need for communication between the various communities and their regional government.

Encouraged by the Northern Quebec Inuit Association and the Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau Québec, the Inuit were adamant about having their own voice in the North. Therefore, that same year, they created a radio and television network that broadcast in inuktitut: Taqramiut Nipingat Inc. (TNI), or "Voice of the North".

The primary mission of TNI was to set up a radio communications system linking the various communities. More specifically, it involved establishing a radio monitoring system under the responsibility of the local community councils in order to ensure that hunters, fishermen and trappers could travel more safely than before. TNI subsequently designed and set up a low-budget, low-power FM radio station in each community in Nunavik. The stations, all staffed by volunteers, broadcast locally several hours per day. In 1978, TNI opened the Arctic's first Inuit radio-production facility in Salluit. The radio broadcasts prepared there were recorded on cassette and sent out to local FM stations for broadcast. The Salluit facility later became a regional radio station. Later, in 1980, a television studio was added to the Salluit installations, which became the first television station to broadcast from Quebec's Far North.

In October 1996, TNI has seized the timely opportunity to diversify its activities by offering video production and a variety of broadband telecommunications services to institutional and individual clients on a profit generating basis. While continuing to fulfill its primary broadcasting mandate for the Nunivik communities, TNI created two commercial subsidiaries, Taqramiut Production Inc. (TPI) and Taqramiut Telecommunications Inc. (TTI).

TNI's 15 hours of weekly radio programs are broadcast via the Northern Service of the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). Our half-hour of weekly television program is broadcast on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), of which we are a full member.

CORPORATE STATUS

Taqramiut Nipingat Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated on September 8, 1975 under Part II of the Canada Business Corporation Act. Also, the company is registered as a charitable organization.

MEMBERSHIP

TNI's membership consists of each of the Inuit beneficiaries under the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement; each of the Inuit municipal corporation recognized by the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement, 1 representative from the Inuit community of Chisasibi and other individuals, associations or corporations whose applications for admission as Members have been accepted by resolution of the Board of Directors and by the Members of the Corporation at duly convened meetings.

MISSION STATEMENT

TO PROMOTE BY COMMUNICATION MEANS THE CULTURE AND THE IMAGE OF INUIT, BY INUIT, TO THE INUIT AND TO THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCENES (December 2001).

To fulfill this mandate our work is guided by a series of objectives, such as:

  • to develop communications in Arctic Quebec (Nunavik);
  • to promote Inuit identity and interests;
  • to train Inuit broadcasters, managers and technicians;
  • to transmit information on social, educational, political and economic issues;
  • to improve communication between Aboriginal peoples;
  • to encourage cultural activities;
  • to document and preserve Inuit traditions.

 

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