NUNAVUT TELEVISION NETWORK LAUNCHES INUIT-LANGUAGE CHANNEL

Inuktut shows for kids, archived content from elders shared nationally on Uvagut TV

Singer Rita Claire and husky Qimmiq are shown in a scene from the television show Anaana's Tent, filmed in Nunavut. A new Inuit-language television channel called Uvagut TV launches Monday. The name means 'Our TV' in English. (Arvaaq Media Inc./The Canadian Press )

Inuit Canadians will soon have 24/7 access to Inuktitut-language television programming.

The Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV) is launching a new channel — Uvagut TV — starting first thing on Monday, at 12:01 a.m.

It will be available nationally to Shaw Direct customers, and to Arctic Co-ops cable subscribers in Nunavut and the Northwest territories, according to a news release announcing the launch. It will also stream online through the website uvagut.tv.

The new channel’s Inuktitut title translates to “Our TV” in English — a term used to encompass all Inuit languages, including Inuktitut, which is spoken in western and central Nunavut.

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