OK Society Airing Memorial Service Today

The OKâlaKatiget Society will be airing the memorial service for Kitura Obed Annanak today at 3 pm.

The OKâlaKatiget Society staff offers its condolences to Kitura’s family and friends.

John Hickey says Churchill Falls Power Should be Going to the North Coast

John Hickey is demanding action on the hydro power situation in Labrador.

Hickey, the Former NL Minister of Labrador Affairs, is calling for Labrador politicians to speak up about Nalcor’s plan to send power to Newfoundland.

Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall recently revealed Nalcor’s plan to send power from the Upper Churchill Falls project to Newfoundland in mid-2018.

Hickey says Nalcor could run power to Voisey’s Bay, and then from Voisey’s Bay to Nain, Hopedale, and Natuashish.

According to Hickey, Voisey’s Bay will require about 55 megawatts of electricity once the underground mine is in operation.

He says it would only take about 16 Megawatts to power the North Coast communities.

Meanwhile, Nalcor is planning on sending 300 megawatts from the Churchill Falls project to the Island.

Hickey states that the Combined Councils of Labrador should declare an emergency meeting to discuss the Labrador hydro power situation.

Hickey also says the Muskrat Falls project has been mismanaged, and that Nalcor was warned about methyl mercury concerns years ago.

He adds that he has concerns about the lack of movement regarding a new airport for Nain. And that the North Coast trail is in need of maintenance.

To hear more in part 1 of our interview with Hickey on these important Labrador issues, click here.

Today’s Easter Games Schedule for Nain

The Easter Games started in Nain on April 15, 2017 with a Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

The games will run until April 25, 2017, ending with an awards night.

Today started with a Movie Day for the Children at the Jeremias Sillitt Community Center with Popcorn, juice, pop and bars for sale.

Adult Evening events go tonight with a Pool Tournament and Dart Tournament starting at 6 pm for ages 16 years plus at the Jeremias Sillitt Community Center.

Tomorrow, April 22, there will be adult ski doo races and Adult ice games starting at 1 pm down on the Nain harbour.

Saturday evening, there will be a 13 years and up ball hockey Tournament and Adults card games starting at 6 pm at the Jeremias Sillitt community Center.

On Sunday April 23, the day will start with a community breakfast at the Community center at 9 am.

That will be followed by a sliding party at 11:30 am outside of the center.

In the afternoon on Sunday, there will be Target shooting and Adult events in the evening in the harbour.

Anyone looking for more information can contact Reg Magoo.

Hopedale RCMP Tournament Starting Today

The 33rd Annual Hopedale Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Tournament will be starting this evening at 6 pm.

Constable Chris Atwell of the Hopedale RCMP is one of the main organizers at the detachment.

He says there are 14 female teams and 10 male teams.

Constable Atwell adds that there are teams from Nain, Natuashish, Hopedale, Makkovik and Sheshatshiu.

A ten dollar fee per person was required to enter the tournament to pay for the awards.

Constable Atwell says that first place winners in both divisions will receive jackets, while 2nd and 3rd place finishers will receive medals.

Atwell adds that there will also be awards for Most Valuable Player and Most Sportsmanlike Player.

The RCMP Tournament is being held at the Nanuk Center; throughout the events there will be a canteen, and some meals for sale to offset operating costs.

The semi finals and finals will start on Sunday April 23rd, 2017.

We will have the results for you on Monday.

Good luck to all the volley ball players.

OK Society Giving Away iPod Touch to Winner of Name the New Show Contest

OK Society is looking for a name for their new show for APTN, and we want your help.

Starting today, we are running a Name the New Show contest until May 12, 2017.

The name must be an Inuktitut name.

The show will be about profiling the Inuit of Labrador, and will be targeted at a youth audience, so the title should reflect that.

The winner of the contest will receive a new 64 GB iPod Touch.

Contest entries can be submitted by email to morris.prokop@oksociety.com.

Or to our website at www.oksociety.com as a comment on our Guestbook page.

Contest entries can also be submitted to the OKâlaKatiget Society Facebook page.

There is no limit to the amount of entries you can submit.

Again, the deadline for entries for the Name the New Show contest is May 12, 2017.

So get your entry in soon, and good luck to everyone.

Torngat Fish Producers Board Meeting Update (Audio)

The Torngat Fish Producers Cooperative had its board meeting recently in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on April-10 and 11th.

Keith Watts is the General Manager.

He says they discussed the financial statement, and dates for the community meetings on the north coast.

Watts adds they had a discussion on the scallop fishery as well.

To hear more from Watts on the Torngat Fisheries meeting, click here.

AnânauKatiget Looking for Footage for Video Project

The AnânauKatiget Tumingit is developing a video project called “Respecting Me, Respecting You”.

And they need footage for the video.

Respecting Me, Respecting You will focus on Violence Prevention and Inuit Culture, Love, Respect, Healthy Relationships, and Healthy communities.

And they are looking for you.

Today they are in Postville.

Tomorrow they will be in Hopedale.

On April 22nd, they will be in Nain, April 23rd in Goose Bay and April 24th they will be in North West River.

The contact person is Cathy Ford via Facebook, or call her at 709-923-2140, or e-mail her at coordinator@labradorinuitwomen.com.

Today’s Easter Games Schedule for Nain

The Easter Games started in Nain on April 15, 2017 with a Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

The games will run until April 25, 2017, ending with an awards night.

Today’s events started with a lunch for the Children at noon at the Jeremias Sillitt Community Center.

This evening at 5 pm, there will be an Adult merchandise/cash bingo for ages 16 plus; no babies or children will be permitted.

The doors will open at 4:45 pm, and cards will be available at the door for $20.

Following that, there will be Minute to Win It, and then a beauty pageant.

To end the day today, they will continue on with adult evening games that weren’t finished last evening.

St. John’s Native Friendship Centre Update (Audio)

The St. John’s Native Friendship Centre is busy with projects this spring.

Chris Sheppard is the Executive Director for the centre.

He says the biggest news is that they opened the Aboriginal Day Care centre in the city in October.

Sheppard says they are really excited that they were able to offer it, because they couldn’t offer it before.

To hear more from Sheppard on the St. John’s Native Friendship centre projects, click here.

Fire Flattens Mother Wood Timber Mart in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

A business in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL was completely flattened by fire early Wednesday morning, as firefighters remain at the scene trying to contain the flames.

Firefighters responded to the Mother Wood Timber Mart, on Kelland Drive, around 3:00 a.m.

The building is a complete loss, and firefighters are dousing nearby warehouses in an attempt to keep the flames from spreading.

Fire Chief Brad Butler said when crews arrived the building was already engulfed in flames, so it was a priority to try to contain the fire and keep people away.

A warehouse further away was able to be saved, but a loader was also destroyed.

There’s no word on the cause of the fire, but there are no injuries.

When it’s safe to enter the building, RCMP investigators will work to determine the cause.

The building, constructed in 2013, is currently on the market, and listed for just under $4.5 million.

At this time, RCMP are calling it a suspicious fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP at (709)-896-3383.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP190 plus your message to ‘Crimes’ (274637), or submit a webtip at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

This story was written with files courtesy of CBC.ca.