Tobacco Control Strategy Collecting Smoke-Free or Quit-Smoking Stories

Tobacco control Strategy wants you to tell them your smoke-free or quit-smoking story.

Elsie Russell is the Mental Health worker with the Department of Health and Social Development (DHSD) in Nain.

The contest runs from May 1 to 14, 2018.

It is open to individuals 19 years of age and over.

All participates that enter will have a chance to win one of three prizes of a $25 gift card.

Participants must consent to having their photo and story posted to the Tobacco Control Strategy Facebook Page.

For more information, you can contact Russell at elsie.russell@nunatsiavut.com or phone the DHSD office at 922-2126.

Labrador Land Protectors Support the Muskrat Falls Independent Experts Advisory Committee’s Recommendations

The Labrador Land Protectors (LLP) are calling on the NL government to commit to the Independent Expert Advisory Committee’s (IEAC) recommendations for Muskrat Falls.

According to a press release from the LLP, the IEAC has made four recommendations.

The LLP is calling on NL Premier Dwight Ball and NL Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Eddie Joyce in particular to commit to the recommendations.

The IEAC was formed as part of an agreement that resulted from actions of the Make Muskrat Right movement in October, 2016, with elected leaders, including Premier Dwight Ball, Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe, NunatuKavut President Todd Russell, and Innu Nation Leader Anastasia Qupee, coming to the agreement on October 26, 2016.

The four recommendations include the following:

  • A public information campaign that, based on scientific evidence, current practices related to consumption of country food and water are safe.
  • An independent body to oversee the design and implementation of a monitoring program for the Lower Churchill Project.
  • The Province, Nalcor Energy, Indigenous Groups, and local populations negotiate an Impact Security Fund prior to full flooding.
  • Nalcor Energy undertakes targeted removal of soil and capping of wetlands in the future reservoir area before impoundment (filling of the dam). Three of the four voting members voted in favour of this recommendation; the Innu Nation supported covering the wetlands.

Here is the LLP press release in its entirety:

“In October 2016, Labradorians of all cultures came together under the Make Muskrat Right banner. Clearing the reservoir was paramount to protect the culture and traditional foods downstream from the Muskrat Falls project. Hundreds rallied together in Labrador, St. John’s, Ottawa, and across Turtle Island. Labradorians went on hunger strikes, faced arrests, and occupied the main Muskrat Falls work site to demand justice. This led to a marathon meeting between NL Premier Dwight Ball and the elected Indigenous leaders of Labrador. After 11 hours, they struck an agreement. This agreement ensured that science and traditional knowledge would inform the measures needed to mitigate the methyl mercury contamination from Nalcor’s Lower Churchill hydro project. This led to the creation of the Independent Expert Advisory Committee (IEAC). We must never forget that history. Now, after many months of intense work, the IEAC has brought forward its four recommendations.

It is in honouring this history and the work of the IEAC that the Labrador Land Protectors support the four recommendations. We believe that the NL Government, in particular Minister Eddie Joyce and Premier Dwight Ball, must without any delays commit to all IEAC recommendations. There should be no hesitation, no undue pressure from outside parties or invested partners, and no other opinions needed to make this decision. The IEAC was put together to give government clear direction on how to ensure as little impacts as possible on the food web and way of life of those living downstream in Lake Melville and Rigolet. They have done their work and now Government must do theirs.

We urge the NL Government to honour these recommendations to their entirety as soon as possible. No more time can be used to consider what should be done. All peoples downstream are impacted, not just certain groups. All of us face the consequences of the decisions you make today so we are imploring you to act. Heed the words of the IEAC and complete the tasks that were placed upon you. Finish the agreement that all elected leaders committed to on the evening of October 26, 2016. Honour those who put their lives in harm’s way to ensure the next generations can fully enjoy their culture in central Labrador. We support all four recommendations and expect nothing less from the Government who has forced this project and its risks upon us.

The Labrador Land Protectors continue to have great anxiety and concerns regarding the Muskrat Falls hydro project. Our requests for an independent review of the North Spur have been ignored, leaving our lives at risk every day in the created flood zones. The Public Inquiry does not include culture, environment, and the injustices felt by Labradorians standing up against this project. None of the government actions that have led us to our current situation have honoured the true nature of “Duty to Consult” and “Free, Prior, and Informed Consent” as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We will continue to take the necessary actions to protect water, land, lives, and cultures for the next generations of Labradorians.”

-Labrador Land Protectors

Employment Opportunity with OKâlaKatiget Society

The OKâlaKatiget Society has a job opening for a Television Producer.

Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

– Identifying story ideas and conducting research
– Operating camera, lighting and audio equipment
– Planning and conducting interviews and sources
– Outlining and writing scripts for editing
– Transcribing
– Digitally editing film on Avid software

The closing date is today, April 25, 2018, and resumes should be forwarded before 4:00 pm.
So get those resumes in today.

Preferences will be given to Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

Applicants are preferred to be bilingual in Inuktitut and English as well.

For more information, you can contact the OK Society office at (709) –922-2955.

Candidates Running For Ordinary Member Speak Out. Today: Marjorie Flowers and Lela Evans (Audio)

General Elections for the Nunatsiavut Government will be held next Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the Constituencies of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Rigolet, Upper Lake Melville and Canada.

Two seats are available in Nain, Upper Lake Melville (ULM) and Canada, while one seat is available in all other Constituencies.

The LIST OF CANDIDATES is as follows:

Nain: Tony Andersen, Henry Broomfield and Jim Lyall

Hopedale: Greg Flowers, Charlotte Lucy-Piercy, James (Jim)Tuttauk and Rachel Saunders

Postville: Tyler Edmunds and Glen Sheppard

Rigolet: Carlene Palliser and Charlotte Wolfrey

ULM: Belinda Andersen, Gerald Asivak, Sharon Cormier, Marjorie Flowers, Rose Pamak, and Marlene Winters-Wheeler

Canada: Selina Adams, Edward Blake-Rudkowski, Lela Evans, Roland Saunders and Charlotte Winters-Fost

To hear Marjorie Flowers and Lela Evans tell you why they are strong candidates to run for Ordinary Member for the constituencies of Canada and Upper lake Melville, click HERE.

34th Annual RCMP Volleyball Tournament Wraps Up

The 34th Annual RCMP Volleyball Tournament in Hopedale, NL started at 4 pm on April 20, 2018 and finished on Saturday April 21, 2018 around 10 pm.

Charlotte Lucy- Piercy is the Community Constable for Hopedale.

She says they had seven women’s teams and six men’s teams registered.

The two men’s teams that went to the finals were Overkill from Hopedale and Team Nain Secret.

The two women’s teams in the final were The Heat from Hopedale and Set for Life from Makkovik.

Overkill captured gold in the men’s division and Set for Life took home gold in the women’s finals.

Both first place winners received gold medals, trophies, and track suits.

The second place teams won silver medals.

Lucy-Piercy added that the women’s MVP award was given to Charlene Gear from team Set for Life from Makkovik.

Ashley Abel of team Heat from Hopedale won the women’s Most Sportsmanlike Player award.

Samuel Dicker from Nain won both the MVP and Most Sportsmanlike Player award for the men’s division.

Each of them took home trophies for their awards.

Employment Opportunity with OKâlaKatiget Society

The OKâlaKatiget Society has a job opening for a Television Producer.

Responsibilities Include but are not limited to:

– Identifying story ideas and conducting research
– Operating camera, lighting and audio equipment
– Planning and conducting interviews and sources
– Outlining and writing scripts for editing
– Transcribing
– Digitally editing film on Avid software

The closing date is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, and resumes should be forwarded before 4:30 pm.

So get those resume’s in.

Preferences will be given to Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.

Applicants are preferred to be bilingual in Inuktitut and English as well.

For more information, you can contact the OK Society office at (709) – 922-2955.

Candidates Running For Ordinary Member Speak Out. Today: Charlotte Winters-Fost, Charlotte Lucy-Piercy and Charlotte Wolfrey (Audio)

General Elections for the Nunatsiavut Government will be held next Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in the Constituencies of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Rigolet, Upper Lake Melville and Canada.

Two seats are available in Nain, Upper Lake Melville (ULM) and Canada, while one seat is available in all other Constituencies.

The LIST OF CANDIDATES is as follows:

Nain: Tony Andersen, Henry Broomfield and Jim Lyall

Hopedale: Greg Flowers, Charlotte Lucy-Piercy, James (Jim)Tuttauk and Rachel Saunders

Postville: Tyler Edmunds and Glen Sheppard

Rigolet: Carlene Palliser and Charlotte Wolfrey

ULM: Belinda Andersen, Gerald Asivak, Sharon Cormier, Marjorie Flowers, Rose Pamak, and Marlene Winters-Wheeler

Canada: Selina Adams, Edward Blake-Rudkowski, Lela Evans, Roland Saunders and Charlotte Winters-Fost

To hear more on when Charlotte Winters-Fost, Charlotte Lucy-Piercy and Charlotte Wolfrey will tell you why they are strong candidates to run for Ordinary Member for the constituencies of Canada, Hopedale and Rigolet, click HERE.

Meetings Related to Capelin Upcoming

There will soon be upcoming and ongoing research related to capelin going on in Nunatsiavut communities.

Chelsea Boaler, a PhD student with the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, will be conducting meetings in partnership with the Nunatsiavut Conservation officers.

Scheduled community meetings are as follows:

Rigolet: April 30, 2018 at the Seniors Centre at 7 pm

Makkovik: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Arena (Multi-Purpose Room) at 7 pm

Postville: Wednesday May 2, 2018 at the Recreation Centre at 7 pm

Hopdale: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Nunatsiavut Assembly Building Boardroom at 7 pm

Nain: Friday, May 7 at the Atsanik Lodge Boardroom at 7 pm.

Meetings in Makkovik and Rigolet will include information on upcoming acoustic work in the region.

Also, meetings in Rigolet will include results from previous salmon work.

For more information on this project, please visit about.me/cboaler.

Candidates Running For Ordinary Member Speak Out. Today: James Tuttauk and Glen Sheppard (Audio)

General Elections will be held May 1, 2018 in the Constituencies of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Rigolet, Upper Lake Melville and Canada.

Two seats are available in Nain, Upper Lake Melville (ULM) and Canada, while one seat is available in all other Constituencies.

The LIST OF CANDIDATES is as follows:

Nain: Tony Andersen, Henry Broomfield and Jim Lyall

Hopedale: Greg Flowers, Charlotte Lucy-Piercy, James (Jim)Tuttauk and Rachel Saunders

Postville: Tyler Edmunds and Glen Sheppard

Rigolet: Carlene Palliser and Charlotte Wolfrey

ULM: Belinda Andersen, Gerald Asivak, Sharon Cormier, Marjorie Flowers, Rose Pamak, and Marlene Winters-Wheeler

Canada: Selina Adams, Edward Blake-Rudkowski, Lela Evans, Roland Saunders and Charlotte Winters-Fost

To hear Jim Tuttauk and Glen Sheppard tell you why they are strong candidates to run for Ordinary Member for the constituencies of Hopedale and Postville, click HERE.

Cancer Care Radiothon Tomorrow on VOCM

VOCM and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation will unite Tuesday with the Village Mall to host a Cancer Care Radiothon on the VOCM – Big Land FM Radio Network from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The broadcast will be taking donations and raising funds for care centres in St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook, NL, as well as chemo delivery sites around the province.

Funds raised will stay in the province, and go toward purchasing cancer treatment equipment, comfort equipment like blanket warmers, and support programs to assist cancer patients and their families.

Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest incidence rate of cancer in Canada.

One in three people are diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime.

Plus the incidence rate of cancer will increase to 58 percent in the next 15 years.

Again, the Cancer Care Radiothon goes tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the VOCM – Big Land FM Radio Network.

To make your pledge on April 24th, call 1-833-219-HOPE (4673) or locally: (709) -364-HOPE (4673)

Or donate online at cancercarefoundation.nl.ca.

To listen online, go to www.bigland.fm.