In the late 1970s, the federal government launched a series of experiments to test Canada's satellite technology. Out of one of these trials, the Inukshuk Project, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation was born. In January 1982, broadcasting began over the CBC's Northern network. The IBC was embraced by Inuit concerned with the expanding cultural onslaught from the south that was occurring in the form of cable and satellite television. As part of the struggle against this influence, the language of the IBC is Inuktituk. The IBC has a range of offerings, including a children's show and historical, current affairs, and cultural features, which are broadcast by satellite to a widely dispersed audience spread over 3.3 million square kilometres. The corporation has become the largest producer of Aboriginal programming in Canada.