RCMP Investigating House Fire in Natuashish

Natuashish, NL RCMP responded to a call of a residential fire on Piwas Street at approximately 5:00 a.m. on June 15, 2018.

The Natuashish Fire Brigade attended the scene.

However, the fire, which appeared to have started near the back porch, spread to the roof before engulfing the entire structure.

The residence was a total loss.

There were three people in the residence at the time who were able to make it to safety.

There were no injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Nain Man Charged with Intimidation of Court Witnesses in Bootlegging Investigation

Nain RCMP are continuing their efforts to eliminate the illegal sale of alcohol in Nain.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, a 30-year-old man from the community was arrested and charged for intimidation of court witnesses in an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of alcohol.

Jeffery Solomon Millie has been released from custody, and is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court on September 5, 2018.

Nain RCMP are working diligently with the community to curb this type of illegal activity.

The public is reminded that the penalty for bootlegging liquor under the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Act can be as high as $50,000, or imprisonment for up to two years, or both a fine and imprisonment.

More charges are anticipated as this investigation continues.

Innu Nation Pursuing Transmission Line to North Coast in Wake of Vale Underground Announcement

Innu Nation of Labrador announced yesterday that it will pursue in earnest opportunities to connect the north coast of Labrador to the hydro-electric power generated in Labrador.

The announcement comes on the heels of Vale’s move to underground mining at Voisey’s Bay, and separate meetings with Nalcor Energy CEO Stan Marshall and Nunatsiavut Government President Johannes Lampe on June 12, 2018 in St. Johns.

Innu Grand Chief Gregory Rich said “If there was ever a time to pursue the transmission of electricity to the north coast, it is now. With Vale going underground and the federal government supporting the reduction of greenhouse gas emission, this might be the best chance we have to finally get communities on the north coast connected to the grid and away from diesel.”

Innu Nation believes that the opportunity for development of a transmission line to the north coast must be pursed in light of the Vale announcement and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rising diesel coasts, unreliable power and growing populations are also significant factors that must be considered. Similar projects for connecting diesel-dependent communities are successfully being rolled out in Ontario.

“Both Nalcor energy and Nunatsiavut Government have expressed an interest in further discussion and I will be looking to schedule those meetings during the week of June 25th-28th at Expo Labrador in HVGB.” Said Grand Chef Rich.

Innu Nation will also pursue discussion with Vale to explore potential partnership opportunities.

OK Radio Airing the Rest of the Year End Concert Sunday (Audio)

Jens Haven Memorial School held their Year End Concert Wednesday night in Nain at the 4 to 12 school gym.

All the students that performed did a great job.

There were many people from the community that came out to watch the talented students sing, dance, and play instruments.

OK Radio aired the ending of the concert on yesterday’s Teen Rockers.

Tune in to Sunday’s Program on June 17, 2018, when we will air the rest of the concert.

Communal and Commercial Licenses Now Available (Audio)

The Communal Food Fishery Licenses are now available at the Nunatsiavut Government Offices.

Todd Broomfield is the Director of Renewable Resources for Nunatsiavut Government.

He says these licenses are available for the food fishery for trout and char, and that includes tags for 7 salmon.

Broomfield says they received a lot of applications for shrimp, snow crab and halibut commercial fisheries that closed on Friday, April 6 of this year.

He added the commercial char licences will be out in early June.

To hear more information on the licenses from Broomfield, click HERE.

Jerry Cans Coming to Nunatsiavut

The Jerry Cans will soon be performing in Nunatsiavut.

The concerts will be brought to you by the Department of Health and Social Development.

The Jerry Cans are a band from Iqaluit, Nunavut who combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk music and country music.

They will perform at the Jeremias Sillitt Community Center at 7 pm on Saturday June 23, 2018.

The Jerry Cans will be performing at the Nanuk Centre in Hopedale; the time is to be announced once it is confirmed.

On June 25th, they will be in Postville at the B.L. Morrison School Gym at 7 pm.

The Jerry Cans will also be in Makkovik.

They are scheduled to be there for a concert on June 26th, and also to do a youth session at the school on June 27th.

The band will be in Rigolet on the 27th; the place and time are to be determined.

OK Radio will have more information on the performances of the Jerry Cans once it becomes available.

Year End Concert a Success (Audio)

Jens Haven Memorial School held their Year End Concert last night in Nain at the 4 to 12 school gym.

All the students that performed did a great job.

There were many people from the community that came out to watch the talented students, sing, dance, and play instruments.

To hear some audio of the Year End Concert, click HERE.

Spring Clean Up Starts Today In Nain

Spring clean up starts today, and goes until Thursday June 28, 2018.

Nain is a beautiful town, so let’s show it off.

All residents are asked to help clean up our town.

Please take this time to help by cleaning up around your house, business and anywhere you think it’s needed.

Use a container to keep the garbage where it belongs.

Did you know cans and bottles can be recycled and the money goes to help the community?

The Nain Inuit Community Government (NICG) looks forward to the participation of local service groups, businesses, homeowners, adults, youth & children, the school and youth groups.

Here are some ways you can help:

Lend a rake, shovel, wheelbarrow, etc. to a friend or neighbor.

Going for a walk? Take a bag with you, pick up some garbage along the way and bring it home for collection.

Don’t drop drink cans, bottles, candy & ice cream wrappers, chip bags, cigarette packs, etc. on the road.
Please don’t litter after clean up.

Use a garbage can or a garbage bag instead of throwing things on the ground.

If anyone has any old vehicles, refrigerators, fridges, oil tanks, hot water tanks, etc. that they would like picked up, please put them on the side of the road for the garbage collectors to pick up.

NICG would like to thank you for doing your bit by keeping Nain clean.

Former Teachers from the 60’s in Town (Audio)

Two former teachers from the 1960’s are back for a visit in Nain.

Jerome Bergart was the principal and John Penny was a teacher at the School.

Bergart and his wife Maureen and Penny were in our OK studio yesterday.

They say after 53 years, the town has grown.

Since they arrived, they have both met some of the students they taught in grades 4 to 9.

Penny took some pictures and slides of people and the town, plus more, in the year that they stayed.

So, tonight at 7 pm, the two will be showing the photos and films they have at the Nunatsiavut Building.

To hear from Bergart and Penny on the experiences they had during 1965 to 66, click HERE.

Community Centre Offering Program Signup Day

The Nain community food centre is offering a program sign-up day tomorrow, June 15, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm.

There are looking for people to sign up for some cooking classes.

They will have bear stew and pork roast to be given out to the whole community.

There is also a contest for a new name and logo for the centre; the prizes will be food vouchers.

The deadline for the contest is tomorrow at 4 pm, and the winners will be picked on Monday.

For more information, call 922-2968, or email shelley.dicker@nunatsiavut.com
The centre is located in the white trailer across from Joey Angnatok’s.