NIRB Baffinland Decision Recommends Digital Indigenous Democracy - press
release September 25, 2012
"...The Nunavut Impact Review Board broke new ground for regulators in
Canada this month. NIRB recommends using new media technology to inform,
consult and connect Inuit communities in its Final Hearing Report on
Baffinland's Mary River Project released September 14, 2012.
The potential of digital media to improve public participation in oral
Inuktitut was demonstrated to NIRB by IsumaTV's Digital Indigenous
Democracy [http://www.isuma.tv/DID], a new web portal launched last May by
Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk.
The website streamed live call-in radio shows, used Skype and collected
video testimonies of Elders and Youth to promote region-wide community
discussion in Inuktitut on the Baffinland development. ..."