Sanikiluaq Community Television (SCTV) is operated in cooperation with Mitiq Co-op, Najuqsivik Daycare and Nuiyak School. The primary purpose of SCTV is to benefit the community. There are no paid employees as the station is run completely by volunteers. SCTV provides bilingual programming with an emphasis on preserving and promoting the Inuktitut language and Inuit culture and traditions.
A variety of programs are presented on community television:
Click one of the pictures below to see a larger image and a description of some of our equipment.
For several years the Mitiq Co-op granted access to the community television channel to local residents. People would occasionally show homemade videos of the community on the channel.
During the spring of 2001, John Jamieson, a co-principal at Nuiyak School, approached the manager of the Mitiq Co-op, Dwayne Searle, with the idea of operating the community channel on a more permanent basis.
The Mitiq Co-op manager suggested using the same technician that performs maintenance on the cable television network serviced by Mitiq Co-op. The manager gave the name and contact information of the technician to John Jamieson. Mr. Jamieson then contacted the technician and negotiated an installation contract.
Najuqsivik Daycare was willing to provide space for operating the community television station and pay the costs involved with installing equipment. Najuqsivik paid to fly the technician into Sanikiluaq. He ran a coaxial cable from Mitiq Co-op to Najuqsivik Daycare and installed a video modulator on site. This allows Najuqsivik to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, live onto the community television channel. The signal is sent from Najuqsivik Daycare to the Mitiq Co-op where it is then sent out to every house in Sanikiluaq. The total cost of the installation was approximately $25,000.
SCTV started simply with a regular VCR connected to the video modulator. We could then connect a camcorder to the front of the VCR to allow us to broadcast live programs. Finally, we connected a computer to the system, which allowed us to broadcast a slideshow, which we use to advertise items for sale, general announcements, and short video clips. To summarize, the main parts of the system include a camcorder, VCR, and computer connected to the video modulator via a three-way switcher.
To produce the slideshow, we use an iMac computer with PowerPoint. We had originally used Appleworks Presentations but found that larger file sizes caused the system to crash. PowerPoint is a much better program for what we do.
Nuiyak School agreed to start a media program, which included television and movie production. The class is conducted at the television station. The students use mini-DV camcorders to record digital video. The video is then edited using video editing software called iMovie, which is found on all modern Mac computers. Longer video clips are recorded onto tape and played on the VCR while shorter clips can be placed directly into the slideshow as a digital file.
The students also learn to use digital photo cameras, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and PageMaker.
The media program has been successful in training individuals who can volunteer their time working at the community television station.
In 2004, SCTV added video conferencing equipment. It is now possible to broadcast the video conferences live on community television, allowing all residents to participate.