March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Assembly Part 2 (Audio)

The March Assembly Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government took place in Hopedale on the 6th to 8th of March, 2017.

Tyler Edmunds is the Speaker for the Nunatsiavut Assembly.

He says the Ministers and AngajukKât gave updates on what is happening in their Departments, and the Ordinary Members and chair persons presented updates as well.

Edmunds says there was quite a bit on the agenda in terms of legislation and bills considered.

Four bills were considered and passed during this sitting.

Edmunds says that on top of these bills of course there were quite a few questions from our assembly members to the ministers.

He also added an audio archive of the assembly in both English and Inuktitut is available on the NG website at www.nunatsiavut.com.

On Monday we aired part 1 of the March sitting, to hear part two of the interview with Edmunds on the March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government, click here.

Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign Being Launched

The Nunatsiavut Government’s Department of Health and Social Development will launch a tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign today.

The launch is in advance of World TB Day, celebrated on March 24 each year, and is in response to outbreaks, involving teens and young adults, in the communities of Nain, NL and Hopedale, NL over the past couple of years.

“TB transmission is typically among older adults who develop active TB, then transmit to family members within their homes or close-living arrangements,” says NG Health and Social Development Minister Greg Flowers. “The recent outbreaks, however, appear to be related to high-risk behavior from sharing cigarettes and smoking devices such as third lungs and bongs used to smoke marijuana.”

Events will be held in the following Labrador communities today:

Rigolet: Community Centre from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Postville: Recreation Hall from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Makkovik: Community Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hopedale: Nanuk Centre from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nain: Jerry Sillett Community Centre from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

And Happy Valley-Goose Bay: 8 Hillcrest Road (the emergency shelter) from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

37th Annual Heritage Dog Team Race in Hopedale

The 37th Annual Heritage Dog Team Race will be running in Hopedale, NL this Saturday, March 25, 2017.

There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as a prize awarded to the best looking dog team.

A participation prize will be given to all who enter the race.

There’s a $20 fee for mushers to enter the race.

There is a minimum of four dogs and maximum of five.

The dogs must be huskies.

If you have any questions, you can contact Rita-Anne Sheppard, Lise Flowers, Kitora Abel, Maggie Jararuse or Martin Basto in Hopedale.

Ethel Pijogge Heritage Festival Starting April 1st

The Annual Ethel Pijogge Heritage Festival will be starting on April 1st 2017 in Hopedale, NL.

There will be a snow sculpture competition on March 31st.

However, it’s a competition that the local people hold themselves.

The actual events for the Ethel Pijogge Heritage Festival start on April 1st.

The snow sculpture competition will take place on Friday, March 31st from 3 to 5 p.m.

People who would like to participate must register with recreation staff at the Nanuk Community Centre by 4 p.m. on Monday March 27.

There will be cash prizes.

On Saturday, April 1st at 9 a.m., the Ethel Pijogge Memorial Dog Team Race will be off and running.

A warm up test for the mushers will be down on the ice.

There will also be hot chocolate, a food sale, and family games.

At 8 p.m. a Gregoire Boys’ Concert will take place at the Nanuk Community Centre.

The concert is free of charge and family friendly.

On Monday, April 3rd from 7:45 to 9 a.m., there will be a community breakfast at the Amos Comenius Memorial School.

It ‘s a free breakfast, and open to all community members.

From 6 to 8 p.m., a family Easter craft night will be on the go.

Families can go and build Easter baskets, and then do an Easter egg hunt around the Nanuk Centre.

Tuesday, April 4th from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a mini fair at the Nanuk Centre.

Tables are $10.00 each, and bingo cards will be sold during the fair.

There will be a hall bingo at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5th, the beauty pageant will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Nanuk Centre.

There is no registration fee, and there will be cash prizes.

A community feast goes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., also at the Nanuk Centre.

Special Guests from ITK will be bringing caribou, and it is a DHSD sponsored meal.

A traditional dress competition goes from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It will take place after the community feast, and will be judged by the special guests from ITK.

A Target Shoot and Skeet Shoot will take place on Thursday April 6th from 4 to 6 p.m.

It is $5 for 3 shots, and will be taking place at the old dump.

You must bring your own rifle ammo; shells will be provided for other guns, and there will be cash prizes.

At 7:30 p.m. is a giant radio bingo.

Cards will be sold at the Nanuk Centre from 1 to 3 p.m.

The bingo is at 7:30 p.m. due to PST night.

The Inuit Games are Friday April 7th.

Ages 0-5 is at 10 a.m. at Nanuk Centre. School age will be at the Amos Comenius Memorial School from 1 to 3 p.m. and 18 plus is at the Nanuk Centre from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be cash prizes.

The Labrathon will run from 1 to 4 p.m.

The registration fee is $10 per person, and there must be four people per team.

It will take place down on the ice, and there will be cash prizes.

On Saturday, April 8th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., a fishing derby will be held.

There is a $10 registration fee; you can keep your fish or donate it to the community freezer.

The weigh-in is from 6 to 7 p.m.

Hopedale’s Festivals Committee would like to give thanks to the following sponsors: Air Labrador, Provincial Airlines, Innu Mikun, Amos Comenius Memorial School, Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development, Hopedale Inuit Community Government, Nanuk Community Centre, and the Amaguk Inn.

VALE Presentations Coming Soon (Audio)

VALE will be going to four of the communities within northern Labrador and doing a job readiness training program presentation.

Sarah Leo is the Superintendent of Aboriginal Affairs with Vale Inc.

She says that they will be going into Hopedale on March 22nd and 23rd; they will be at the Nunatsiavut Assembly Building in the boardroom.

They will be presenting from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm on both days.

To hear Leo give you more information on the job readiness Training Program presentations, click here.

March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Assembly Part 2 (Audio)

The March Assembly Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government took place in Hopedale on the 6th to 8th of March, 2017.

Tyler Edmunds is the Speaker for the Nunatsiavut Assembly.

He says the Ministers and AngajukKât gave updates on what is happening in their Departments, and the Ordinary Members and chair persons presented updates as well.

Edmunds says there was quite a bit on the agenda in terms of legislation and bills considered.

Four bills were considered and passed during this sitting.

Edmunds says that on top of these bills of course there were quite a few questions from our assembly members to the ministers.

He also added an audio archive of the assembly in both English and Inuktitut is available on the NG website at www.nunatsiavut.com.

Yesterday we aired part 1 of the March sitting, so tune in to tomorrow’s AtjiKangitut, when we will air part two of the interview with Edmunds on the March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government.

Natuashish Man Facing Firearms Charges

A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged after an incident involving a firearm that occurred in Natuashish on March 18, 2017.

RCMP officers responded to a call that a man had discharged a firearm while walking in the community.

Police located the man at his residence.

He was agitated and would not cooperate with officers.

OC spray was deployed and the man was taken into custody.

Jevaron Gregoire has been charged with Careless Use of a Firearm, Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Assault of a Peace Officer, and Breach of the community’s alcohol bylaw.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Food Security Survey Open House Tonight

A presentation of results from the 2014 Food Security and Food Needs Household Survey will be taking place in Nain, NL.

The research team will be in Nain today to hold a public meeting to present and discuss the results from the Food Security and Food Needs Survey that took place in June 2014.

The survey included questions about food needs, food access, and challenges to accessing food.

The open house will be tonight from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Nunatsiavut Government Building Boardroom.

Snacks will be served.

Come and drop in if you would like to hear about Food Security in Nain and in Nunatsiavut, or ask questions about the survey and results.

Everyone is welcome, whether your household participated in the survey or not.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to discuss the results, please contact Kristeen McTavish, Food Security Coordinator, Nunatsiavut Government, by phone at 709-922-2942, or by email at Kristeen.mctavish@nunatsiavut.com.

Update on March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Assembly (Audio)

The March Assembly Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government took place in Hopedale on the 6th to 8th of March, 2017.

Tyler Edmunds is the Speaker for the Nunatsiavut Assembly.

The Ministers and AngajukKât gave updates on what is happening in their Departments, and the Ordinary Members and chair persons presented updates as well.

He says that there was quite a bit on the agenda in terms of legislation and bills considered.

Four bills were considered and passed during this sitting.

Edmunds added an audio archive of the assembly in both English and Inuktitut is available on the NG website at www.nunatsiavut.com.

To hear part one of the interview with Edmunds on the March Sitting of the Nunatsiavut Government, click here.

Tuberculosis Awareness Campaign Being Launched

The Nunatsiavut Government’s Department of Health and Social Development will launch a tuberculosis (TB) awareness campaign this Wednesday, March 22.

The launch is in advance of World TB Day, celebrated on March 24 each year, and is in response to outbreaks, involving teens and young adults, in the communities of Nain, NL and Hopedale, NL over the past couple of years.

“TB transmission is typically among older adults who develop active TB, then transmit to family members within their homes or close-living arrangements,” says NG Health and Social Development Minister Greg Flowers. “The recent outbreaks, however, appear to be related to high-risk behavior from sharing cigarettes and smoking devices such as third lungs and bongs used to smoke marijuana.”

Events will be held in the following Labrador communities:

Rigolet: Community Centre from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Postville: Recreation Hall from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Makkovik: Community Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.

Hopedale: Nanuk Centre from 5 to 7 p.m.

Nain: Jerry Sillett Community Centre from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

And Happy Valley-Goose Bay: 8 Hillcrest Road (the emergency shelter) from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.