Torngat Secretariat 2022 Calendar

Torngat Secretariat is looking for photos to feature in the 2022 Nunatsiavut Stewardship Calendar.

As always, 15 photographs will be selected to be featured and their photographers will be awarded a $50 cash prize.

To enter the photo contest, send your submissions to merdith.purcell@torngatsecretariat.ca by Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.

DHSD Free Haircuts

The Nain Department of Health and Social Development were giving out free haircuts to adults this week.

We spoke with Jane Merkuratsuk who is the Community Health Worker.

She says this was the very first time DHSD held a free hair cut to this age group.

And the age group were for adults aged 31 to 49 years.

DHSD had 18 individuals that had free hair cuts this week.

Merkuratsuk says they had happy customers and they were booked up quick.

Tracy Dicker was the hair stylist.

Visitation Restriction Reduced

Labrador – Grenfell Health is advising the public that effective today, July 23rd , visitor restrictions in place at all facilities will be reduced. The following guidelines are in place to support visitation and hours:

Acute Care will be from 10 am to 10pm daily.

For residents in Long Term Care will remain unchanged while they continue to work to accommodate families. Visitors may visit more often than one time each day.

If a patient/resident is in a shared room, visitors must follow physical distancing measures. They ask visitors respect the comfort level of the other patients/residents in the room.

Some spaces maybe unable to accommodate multiple visitors at the same time. In these situations, the clinical care team will work with the patient/visitor/family to identify options to visitations.

Visitations are encouraged in a patient/resident room or outdoors. Physical distancing must be maintained if visitation take place outside the room and inside the facility.

Each time you enter a health care facility please limit your visitation to one patient/resident in extenuating circumstances, visits with more than on patient/resident is permitted.

All visitors must register upon arrival and be screened for COVID-19. You may let the screeners know you have already completed your screening if your retuning more multiple visits same day. Please note there may be a delay in screening if there are a high number of visitors, be patient and respectful.

For appointments or Emergency Department visits: patients are asked if they consider a support person. Support persons may have to wait outside the facility to ensure there’s adequate space in the waiting area for patients. The care team will accommodate the support person in the treatment when requested by the patient.

If you have questions about visitation or COVID-19 guidelines at LGH facilities contact the care team to discuss visitation of your loved one.

Young Leaders Summit

The Young Leaders’ Summit on Northern Climate Change is an opportunity for youth, aged 18 to 30, to come together and discuss climate change mitigation and adaptation in Northern Canada.

Participants will learn about various impacts and actions from Elders, researchers, land-users, policy makers, and other climate leaders. This is also a great opportunity to connect with others from across the north.

The location for this summit will be at Akaitcho Bay, on the shores of Great Slave Lake, just outside of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

The eligibility is for anyone between the ages of 18-30, priority on regional representation from throughout the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

To apply you have to email events@ecologynorth.ca

Applications are open until 11:59 PM on July 25th, 2021.

If you are accepted, you will be notified by email no later than July 27th, 2021.

Virtual participation may be available for selected parts of the schedule, depending on interest and funding.

Makkovik ICG Update (Audio to be added later)

The Makkovik Inuit Community Government is busy with some projects in their community.

Barry Andersen is the AngajukKâk for Makkovik Inuit Community Government.

He says that they have an inspector on site, monitoring the progress of the new subdivision.

Andersen also says that there are some contractors repairing the water and sewer lines and some summer student opportunities for this summer.

Stay tuned to AtjiKangitut today to hear Andersen speak about their projects.

COVID-19 Update

Today, Thursday, July 22, Newfoundland and Labrador has no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the last public advisory.

There are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 aboard the ship in the province. There is no risk to the community. On the ship anchored in Conception Bay that was first announced on July 13, the total number of confirmed cases remains at 31 crewmembers. Testing of all crew is completed and all crew are isolating. The ship anchored in Conception Bay that was first announced on July 5, has departed the province. The 14 confirmed cases related to that ship will no longer be included in the active case count.

There have been no new recoveries in the province and 1,377 people have recovered. There are two people in hospital due to COVID-19. One is a crewmember from the ship that was off the coast of Bay Bulls and one is a crewmember from the ship anchored in Conception Bay.

There are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

There is one active case of COVID-19 related to the ship that was off the coast of Bay Bulls and 31 active cases of COVID-19 on the ship anchored in Conception Bay.

The regional breakdown of the active cases is as follows:

Eastern Health
– 1 related to ship previously in Bay Bulls
– 31 on ship in Conception Bay
Central Health – 0
Labrador-Grenfell Health – 0
Western Health – 0

To date, 260,547 tests have been administered.

Nain Youth Center (Audio to be added later)

The Nain Youth Centre provides a safe, supportive drop-in space for youth.

With many different programs and outings for youth between the ages of 13-30 years.

Crystal Allen is the Youth Outreach Worker.

She says they are looking for 4 youth to take part in the Kayak outing this Saturday, July 24, 2021, with Noah Nochasak.

Allen says any youth who are interested in this kayak outing can contact her.

Youth must fill out a waiver and have it returned before Saturday.

She adds that this afternoon, Maria Merkuratsuk will be holding a storytelling at the youth center from 1-4pm.

Toast and tea will be available for youth during the storytelling.

One of our Radio crew members will be there to record some stories.

For more information, you can contact Youth Outreach Worker Crystal by calling her office at 922-1692 or by email at crystal.allen@nunatsiavut.com

Tune in to todays Teen Rockers show to hear the recorded from the story telling with Maria Merkuratsuk.

TaKuaKautik Food Bank

The TaKuaKautik Food Bank will be going ahead next week, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

The giveaway will be from 6-8 pm at the Warehouse.

If you did not receive a bag in June but need a bag now, please provide your name to Brenda Jararuse.

If you have Food Bank bags, please return them to the yellow container on the steps at the Warehouse.

You must wear a mask during pick-ups.

Nain and Makkovik Fishery

The fishery in both Nain and Makkovik have been busy and are going well so far.

Deidi Kohlmeister the Supervisor for the Nain Fish plant.

She says a total of 5,719 lbs of char have been landed, as well as a total of 10,265 lbs of green scallops, and 135 lbs scallop meats.

Kohlmeister says they have one shift on the go and 28 employees are working.

She adds that there are 7 commercial char fishermen that smoked char are now for sale at $16.50 a pound and scallop at $19.00 a pound.

Meanwhile at the Makkovik fish plant, Angel Chaulk is the Clerk.

She says a total of 241,210 lbs of snow crab have been landed, there are 25 employees including 8 summer students, and two crab boats are out fishing and two boats are tied up.

She adds that while they wait on the boats, so many employees called in to start a secondary on crab.

Fuel Prices is Slightly Down in NL

After weeks of increases, the regulated price of gasoline is down today.

Gas is down by nearly a cent and a half a litre (1.4).

Diesel is also down by one and a half cents. Furnace and stove oils are both down by 1.23 cents a litre.

Propane is up by half a cent.