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NFB Assistant Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur has


repeatedly witnessed both the tears and the pride, which together have reinforced his enthusiasm for a project that is assembling an unprecedented collection of films portraying aspects of Inuit life, past and present. Documentaries, animations, and historical dramas of life in the North, from 1942 to today, will find new life on DVDs and the World Wide Web. A total of 110 movies, all NFB productions and co-productions, will become accessible in this fashion over the next few years. And future offerings from emerging Inuit filmmakers will likewise be added. Joli-Coeur has had a front-row seat for the emergence


of this ambitious undertaking. As a major production house that has turned out no fewer than 13,000 works since it was founded in 1939, NFB has built an unrivalled collection of films dealing with aspects of the country’s indigenous peoples. In particular, those dealing with the Inuit form what is arguably the most comprehensive such collection in the world.


The implications of this resource became apparent in


2009, when a new NFB account of the Franklin expedition premiered at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Those present included Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who responded with her own recollection of watching the NFB’s Netsilik Eskimos series in her youth. She added that it would be nice to once again see these and


ᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᖑᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ, ᐅᐱᒋᔭᐅᓪ - ᓗᓂᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑕᐸᐃᕐᓇᑐᕐᔪᐊᒥᓂᐊᓘᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖓ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᖓᓕᒫᖅ. ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᒥᓯᓇᖓ ᑯᓘᑦ ᔫᓕ-ᑯᐊ ᑕᑯᓐᓇ - ᓕᖅᑭᑦᑖᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᖁᕝᕕᐅᖅᑐᓂᓪᓗ ᐅᐱᒍᓱᑦᑐᓂᓪᓗ, ᑲᔪᓯᒍᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᖓ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᒪᓕᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᒍᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᒪᒍᒪᓪᓗᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᓯᒍᑎᒃᓴᒥᒃ ᑖᒃᑯ - ᓇᓐ ᖔᓚᑦᑖᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐅᐊᕈᑎᖃᓐᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᓚᑖᓃᓐᖔᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓄᐊᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂᒃ, ᑕᐃᑦᓱ - ᒪᓂᕐᓂᓴᕐᓂᒃ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᒧᑦ. ᐅᓂᒃᑲᐅᓰᑦ, ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᑦᓱᒪᓂᕐᓂᓴᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓚᑦᑖᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᓄᑦ, 1942-ᒥᒃ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᖅᑎᒍᑦ, ᓄᑖᓐᖑᖅᑎᑕᐅᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᕿᓪᓕᖅᑐᒨᖅ - ᑲᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐆᒪᑎᑕᐅᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᔾᔪᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᒃᓴ - ᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᓕᕐᓗᑎᒃ. ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ 110 ᑕᕐᕆᔭᐃᑦ, ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᖏᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᕕᒋᓯᒪᔭᖏᓪᓗ, ᐊᑐᐃᓐ - ᓇᐅᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᑎᒎᓇ ᐅᑭᐅᖑᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᓂᖅᓴᖅ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᓕᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᔫ - ᓕᐅᕆᔨᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᕙᓪᓕᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᕈᓐᓇᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ. ᔫᓕ-ᑯᐊ ᐃᑦᓯᕚᖅᑐᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐸᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᑦᓯᕙᐅᑕᕐᓂ ᓴᖅᑭᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂᒃ


ᐱᓇᓱᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᒪᒃᑯᓇᓐᖓᑦ. ᐊᖏᔪᒻᒪᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑐᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᕝᕕ - ᐅᔪᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑦᓯᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᒥᑦᓯᑎᓐᓂᐅᖏᑦᑐᖅ 13,000 ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᖓᑦ ᐱᓐᖑᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒻᒪᓂᒃ 1939-ᒥ, ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᕐᔪᐊᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᐊᑦᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᔫᓕᐅᒐᕐᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᐅᓛᔫᓕ ᐊ ᖑ - ᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᖃᐃ ᐊᖏᓂᖅᐹᑦ ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᒥ. ᐱᔭᕐᓂᖏᑦᑐᑎᒍᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᑎᒃᓴᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᕈᓐᓃᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ


2009, ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᒥ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᑕᑯᓐᓇᒐᑦᓴᓕᕆᓂᕐᒪᑕ July/August 2011


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The Netsilik Eskimo Today Directed by Gilles Blais Produced by John Friedman, François Séguillon


ᓇᑦᓯᓕᒃᒥᐅᖅ ᐃᓄᒃ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᑦᑎᑦᑎᔨᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᒋᓕᔅ ᐸᓚᐃᔅ ᑕᕐᕆᔮᓕᐊᖓ ᔮᓐ ᕗᕌᐃᑦᒪᓐ, ᕗᕌᓐᓯᔅ ᓯᒍᐃᓚᓐ


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