Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
-Anthony J. D'Angelo
Charity and Non-Profit Work
Home Grown Projects
Aksut Media is currently developing an education wing that aims to offer free workshops that will inspire Nunavut youth to pursue careers in Media Production by providing them with the knowledge and tools to operate at a professional level. It is hoped that this initiative will increase Inuit presence in the industry and provide alternative and complementary perspectives on pressing themes and issues in Northern communities and the environments that encompass them. We have observed that many non-profit organizations involved in similar efforts are seriously underfunded and encourage any interested in joining our efforts to contact us . Through a combination of external funding and our personal revenue we aim to offer these workshops in 2018.
AKSUT Media also works closely with territorial and national Skills Canada, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to opening the eyes of young people to the world of skilled trades. Canada is experiencing a shortage of skilled labourers, and Skills Canada hopes to fill in that gap. In co-operation, AKSUT Media holds free Media Production workshops for youth throughout Nunavut communities. Mark has also volunteered in this capacity with the Iqaluit Film Club and contributing to the development NAC Media Club for Nunavut Arctic College.
David Suzuki Foundation
Their mission is to protect the diversity of nature and all Canadians' quality of life, now and for the future. Their vision is that within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.
Not for Profit
Many not-for-profit initiatives lack funding for promotional content, making it difficult to reach those who they can help and volunteers to achieve their goals. From 2014 onward, Aksut Media has provided promotional content to help these companies continue to benefit the community they work so hard to support. Some examples can be seen here:
Inclusion Café Iqaluit - Promo Video
Humane Society Iqaluit - Promo Video and Photo Packages
Carrefour Nunavut Iqaluit - Promo Video for Farmers Market Qayuqtuvik
Society Iqaluit Soup Kitchen - Promo Video Packages
Greenhouse Iqaluit - Promo Video
Saimavik Studios - Promo Video
Home Grown Projects
Nunavut Images-Mental Wellness Campaign
Mark Aspland, of AKSUT Media created a website hosting all of his digital content captured in Nunavut. This content was offered for purchase at a very reasonable price with 100% of the proceeds of $8000.00 going to Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line, Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank, Iqaluit Food Centre, National Inuit Youth Council, Nunavut Sivuniksavut and Iqaluit Humane Society. AKSUT Media is proud of this effort and aims at unrolling several more in the areas of promoting and encouraging social and environmental wellbeing. This two year project has come to an end and I am very happy with the result. Thank you to everyone who inspired, helped and donated. On with new adventures! Thank you!
Have a look at the project media coverage.
Arctic Sea Can Climbing Gym
AKSUT Media is fully funding a project that is aiming to donate an indoor rock climbing (bouldering) gym for youth to enjoy in the summer months. It is an experimental project in sustainability and is being constructed from a recycled sea can. The aim is to provide a place for fun, technique development and socializing with friends and neighbours. We hope to expand on this project in the future.
Have a look at the project debut video and a media release .
Cultural and Natural Preservation
AKSUT Media has an interest in the digital preservation of natural and cultural heritage. This includes traditional documentary style projects, archival services and and more scientifically oriented recording. Areas of interest include archaeological sites, intangible heritage, museum collections, oral traditions. and other practices.
Click for a copy of our Home Digitization Workshop Workbook. This will help you convert your home collections of photos, slides and negatives to digital copies for safe keeping.