Live Inuktitut coverage of Federal Leaders’ Debate on Uvagut TV (Sept. 7, 2021)

Photo: Paul Quassa (Courtesy of Paul Quassa)

For Immediate Release

September 7, 2021


Inuit audiences across Canada will be able to tune into live coverage of the Federal Leaders’ Debate on Uvagut TV in Inuktitut starting at 8:30PM EST on Thursday September 9. 

Uvagut TV’s Lucy Tulugarjuk will host this special coverage with former Nunavut Premier and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Paul Quassa providing pre-debate commentary and insight. The full debate will be streamed live with an Inuktitut voice-over.

The debate will be re-broadcast on Saturday September 11 at 7PM EST with additional post-debate reflections from Tulugarjuk and Quassa.

Many Inuit will be listening closely for responses to the 15 priority issues identified by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for Election 2021 which include the Inuit Nunangat Policy; suicide prevention; food security; infrastructure and housing; COVID-19 relief and poverty reduction; climate change; tuberculosis elimination; Missing and murdered Inuit women and girls and implantation of the Inuit Land Claims Agreements.


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About Uvagut TV

Uvagut TV, Canada’s first 24/7 Inuktut television channel, launched in January 2021. Uvagut TV is available nationally to over 600,000 Shaw Direct satellite subscribers, Arctic Coop Cable subscribers in Nunavut and NWT and FCNQ subscribers in Nunavik. Viewers around the world can watch the broadcast stream online at

Uvagut TV is owned and operated by Nunavut Independent Television Network (NITV), an Inuit owned non-profit founded in 1991 in Igloolik as a media arts centre. For over 30 years NITV has contributed to the enhancement of Inuktut and Inuit culture through the creation and exhibition of Inuit video art, linking Nunavut communities through local-access community television initiatives, Internet television channels, multi-platform public access projects — and now broadcast television.


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