Status of Women Workshop (Audio)

The Status of Women office with the Nunatsiavut Government in Happy Valley-Goose bay will be holding an event on “Aboriginal Women for Tomorrow” workshop next month.

They are looking for two women in each Nunatsiavut communities to attend.

We spoke with Tracy Ann Evans Rice who is the Status of Women Coordinator with Nunatsiavut Government.

She says this workshop is to help women improve their public speaking and their written skills.

The deadline to apply is today, January 28th, 2020.

This workshop will be held in Goose Bay on February 24th and 25th.

Click here to find out more about this workshop for women.

Language Workshop in Nain

There was a Language Workshop held here in Nain last weekend, January 25th and 26th.

Shirley Jararuse is the Language Program Coordinator with the Nunatsiavut Government.

She says the workshop was aimed to develop community linguists for each community.

There were 15 participants including Inuttitut teachers, Language Nest workers, and Master and Apprentices from Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet that attended the workshop.

Presentations were held by Nicholas Welch on Documentary linguists in the community, Instructor, Sophie Tuglavina on reading and writing Inuttut, Instructor, Joan Dicker on the linguistic structure of Inuttut, and Instructor, Nancy Ikkusek who also did a presentation on teaching Inuttut.

Jararuse also says that everyone really enjoyed the program and thought it was very interesting and informative.

Corona Virus in Ontario

19 people in Ontario are being investigated for corona virus after 1 case confirmed, 1 presumed.

According to the CBC News website, it says the Ontario associate chief medical officer says ‘We’re being extra, extra cautious about this”.

Passengers and people waiting to pick them up are wearing masks at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Sunday.

Canada’s first case of a new strain of corona virus has been officially confirmed, Ontario health officials said Monday, as they announced the patient’s wife has also contracted the illness.

Another 19 people in the province are also under investigation for possible infection, said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer.

The couple had traveled to Wuhan, China, and recently returned to Toronto.

The woman has been in self-isolation at home since they arrived, Williams said.

The Corona viruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds.

In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections which are typically mild but, in rare cases, can be lethal.

This virus can be in cows and pigs they may cause diarrhea, while in chickens it can cause an upper respiratory disease.

Story Courtesy of the CBC News.

TaKuaKautik Food Bank

There will be a Food Bank Giveaway this Thursday, January 30th, 2020.

The TaKuaKautik Food Bank is run completely by volunteers.

And today is the last day to place your orders for the food distribution.

To place an order by the next giveaway, you can call the toll free number at 709-700-4739.

You must fill out the intake forms that can be picked up at the Clinic, Nunatsiavut Government building, Family Connections Staff, and the Nigivik Centre.

They would also like to remind the community that the TaKuaKautik will be handing out food on the one day a month that is designated and advertised.

If you miss this date, you will have to wait until the next month to pick up any ordered food.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the food bank committee.

TV Producer Ad Deadline Tomorrow

The deadline to apply for the Television Producer position at OKâlaKatiget Society is tomorrow January 29th.

OKâlaKatiget Society is looking to hire someone for this position; this position is a full time permanent position.

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 extended date is tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th and resumes should be forwarded before 4 pm.

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.

You can send in your resumes to our Executive Director, Arlene Ikkusek by email at arlene.ikkusek@oksociety.com.

For more information, you can contact the OKâlaKatiget Society office at 922-2955.

Lela Evans Part 2 (Audio)

Lela Evans is busy dealing with many different topics for her constituencies along the North Coast.

Lela is the newly elected MHA for the Torngat Mountains District.

We spoke with Lela to find out what topics and concerns she is currently dealing with.

In the interview she speaks about Children who are in care with CSSD amongst other concerns.

Evan says CSSD are really removing children from their language, culture, and traditional knowledge.

Click here to find out more about what issues she is dealing with.

Beneficiaries Urged to Continue to Abide by George River Caribou Hunting Ban

Beneficiaries urged to continue to abide by George River caribou hunting ban.

The Nunatsiavut Government wishes to advise Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement that the provincially-imposed hunting ban on George River caribou remains in effect.

As a member the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table (UPCART), the Nunatsiavut Government has agreed to discourage Beneficiaries from harvesting any George River caribou while the ban is in place.

“The George River caribou is in a critical state and any harvesting now will significantly impact the recovery of these precious animals that are so culturally important to the Labrador Inuit,” notes Lands and Natural Resources Minister Greg Flowers. “We have relied on these caribou for many years for social, cultural, and nutritional purposes to feed and clothe ourselves, families, and communities. We must do whatever we can to help protect these animals that have provided so much to us.”

Minister Flowers is also calling on other Indigenous groups in Labrador to encourage their members to adhere to the ban.

“Caribou have sustained Indigenous peoples in Labrador since time immemorial. If we want to ensure the future of this valuable resource, then all harvesting has to stop.”

Young Men’s Day

The Young Men’s Day festival was celebrated here in Nain on January 25th, 2020.

We spoke with Johnny Ikkusek was the supervisor for the festival day and he says that it was a great success.

Ikkusek says there were 12 young men who celebrated their day along with himself, and one captain, Abele Ikkusek.

The young men sang Sivolilaurit and Kaitatit to two elders; they also sang Sivolilaurit at the 5 pm service.

After their supper, they went up to Jeremias Sillett Community Centre to play 3 games.

After the games, some decided to play sports in the gym and the others hung out.

Makkovik Recreation Ice Hockey Tournament

The Makkovik Recreation will be holding a hockey tournament this weekend.

Paul Andersen is the Recreation Director for Makkovik.

He says the tournament will be on Saturday, February 1st, and starts at 10 am at the Makkovik arena.

The fee is $10 a player and the teams will be drawn from a hat.

The men’s division will consist of Grade 8 and over with four players maximum on a team.

The women’s division must be grade 6 and over with five players maximum on each team.

If you would like to enter your name, you can contact Cory Pottle or Paul Andersen.

TV Producer Ad Extended Deadline

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

This position is a full time permanent position.

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 extended to, Wednesday, January 29th and resumes should be forwarded before 4 pm.

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.

You can send in your resumes to our Executive Director, Arlene Ikkusek by email at arlene.ikkusek@oksociety.com.

For more information, you can contact the OKâlaKatiget Society office at 922-2955.