School Prom Dates

The school year of 2021-2022 is close to an end and OK Radio contacted each school along the coast to see when they will have their proms.

All schools will have their last day on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, and begin with the summer holidays.

Kent Chaulk is the principal for the Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain.

He says they already had their prom on May 7th, they will have their cap and gown sometime next month but there is no official date yet.

Steve Brazil is the Principal for the Northern Lights Academy in Rigolet.

He says that their prom will be on Saturday, May 28th. They have no theme, but they have a quote that says “Go Forth and Set the World on Fire” with the colors of black, gold, and purple.

Jennifer Winters is in charge of the graduation for the Amos Comenius Memorial School (ACMS) in Hopedale.

Their prom will be on Saturday, June 4th. The prom theme will be Hawaiian and will have the colors of purple, black and silver.

In Makkovik, the J.C. Erhardt Memorial School got four graduates graduating, their prom theme is “Starry Night”, which will be on Saturday, June 25th.

In Postville, the B.L. Morrison Memorial School have one graduate this year, they have no theme, but they will have their prom on Friday May 20th.

Design and Project Management Postville NG

The Nunatsiavut Government is seeking proposals from consultants to design and mange the construction of an addition and retrofits to the NG’s existing office building located at 37 Kaipokok Drive in the Inuit Community of Postville.

The building is used for office space, dental clinic, and accommodations.

The addition of a 2,500 square foot space is to consist of approximately eight (8) offices, a meeting room, and a new main entrance.

Full project details can be found on MERX Canadian Public Tenders at www.merx.com.

Proposals are to be received no later than 4pm on June 3, 2022 to Terry Rice – Capital Project Coordinator at terry.rice@nunatsiavut.com (cc infra.ngprocurement@nunatsiavut.com) with the subject line DESIGN AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT: POSTVILLE NG OFFICE ADDITION AND RETROFITS.

The lowest-cost or any proposal may not necessarily be accepted and the Nunatsiavut Government reserves the right to cancel this RFP.

Proposals will be evaluated on the principles of value for money, which include an evaluation of the Inuit Content Factor pursuant to the Procurement Act.

Woodward’s First Tanker of the Season to Arrive Today

Happy Valley-Goose Bay – Woodward’s Oil today announced that the first oil tanker of the season will arrive in Goose-Bay, today Monday, May 16th.

The Tuvaq W will be escorting into the port of Goose-Bay by the CCGS George R. Pearkes.

Please note that the tanker is carrying Jet Fuel ONLY.

Diesel and regular gasoline is expected to arrive early in June.

For further information, contact:
Peter Woodward, President and CEO of Woodward’s Oil
(709)-896-2421

Saunders, Winters Confirmed as Ordinary Members

On behalf of the Nunatsiavut Elections Officer, the Nunatsiavut Government wishes to advise that Roland Saunders and Bryan Winters are the winners of the election for Ordinary Members for the Constituency of Canada.

As per the Nunatsiavut Elections Act, a recount was held on May 14th as there were less than 10 votes separating the first and third-placed candidates in the May 3 general election.

Here are the official election results for Constituency of Canada:

Candidate Total
Darlene Gear-White- 188
Zippie Nochasak- 206
Susan Sonya Onalik- 271
Roland Saunders- 276
Bryan Winters- 274
*Elected

For more information, you can contact Nanette Blake, Nunatsiavut Elections Officer 709-896-5222 or email her at nanette.blake@nunatsiavut.com.

Official Results of May 3 General Election

The Nunatsiavut Elections Officer wishes to advise that the following have been declared elected to serve as Ordinary Members to the Nunatsiavut Assembly, following an official count of all ballots cast in the May 3 general election:

Constituency Declared Elected
Nain: Tony W. Andersen & Roxanne Barbour
Hopedale: Terry Vincent
Makkovik: Thomas Evans
Rigolet: Melva Williams
Upper Lake Melville: Wilson “Wally” Andersen & Gerald Asivak

*As per the Nunatsiavut Elections Act, a recount of ballots for the Constituency of Canada will take place on Saturday, May 14, as there were less than 10 votes separating the second and third-places candidates.

Nunatsiavut Mourns Passing of First Elected President, Jim Lyall (Audio)

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe on behalf of Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, extended his heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of former Nunatsiavut President and Minister, Jim Lyall, who passed away on May the 13th in the morning.

Born in Nutak in northern Labrador in 1945, Jim and his family were forced to move, against their will, south of Nain when he was 11 years old, as part of the provincial government’s resettlement program.

From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Lyall was employed as Executive Director of the Labrador Inuit Association, before assuming the role as Postmaster for Canada Post in Nain – a position he held for seven years.

In May of 2017, Mr. Lyall was acclaimed as an Ordinary Member for the Constituency of Nain when no other candidates came forward to run in a byelection after the seat had been vacated. He was elected to the position a year later and served as Minister of Language, Culture and Tourism until his passing.

Mr. Lyall passed away just hours after his wife, Jean, at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“I know there are no words that will take away the sorrow and pain that the family is going through during this difficult time,” says President Lampe. “Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Click here when we speak with President Lampe on his condolences to family and friends.

We would also like to send our deepest condolences to family and friends from the OKalaKatiget staff and board.

Cain’s Quest News Release (Dated May 10, 2022)

Cain’s Quest is delighted to announce that 2023 racer registration will be opening on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 10am. Teams can submit registration online at www.cainsquest.com. The registration process will run differently for this event as payments will be processed by telephone and must be made via credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express) or Debit Mastercard or Debit Visa.

Although expenses increase from race to race for Cain’s Quest, the Board of Directors have opted to keep racer registration the same of 2023 at $3,500 per racer plus tax. Team registration fees to towards the cost of racer meals and accommodation as they race along the route, racer insurance, racer kit bags, the prize purse, safety, and operational expenses that may not be covered through sponsorship or government support.

After the postponed 2022 race, organizers are thrilled to be able to get the ball rolling on Cain’s Quests 2023.

“We are excited to see who will be on the roster for 2023. Registration is always interesting and typically fills up fast. It’s exciting to see where racers are coming from and if there are some amazing snowmobilers out there that could have a real shot at being 2023 champs. We can’t wait to see who will be throwing their hat in the ring this time.” – Chris Lacy, Chairperson for Cain’s Quest Inc.

Cain’s Quest 2023 will start and finish in Labrador City, NL. The proposed race route will take teams through 18 checkpoints and 13 communities across Labrador.

Cain’s Quest Inc. will be accepting a maximum of 50 teams for 2023 and hopes to fill the roster in record time beating out the 2020 registration which reached max capacity in 18 days.

Full details on how to register can be found at www.cainsquest.com and on all official Cain’s Quest social media platforms.

Torngat Fisheries Annual General Meetings (Dated May 10, 2022)

The Torngat Fish Producers Co-operative Society Limited held their first community meeting in Hopedale yesterday.

Two delegates will be elected from each community to attend the Annual General Meeting.

According to their schedule, their next meeting will be in Rigolet today, Tuesday, May 10 at the town hall starting at 7pm.

Their next meeting will be in Makkovik tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11, at the town hall at 7pm.

The next community meeting will be on Thursday, May 12 in Postville at the Kaipokok Community Centre at 7pm.

The Annual General Meeting will be held in Nain on May 25, starting at 7pm in the boardroom of the Nunatsiavut Government building.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Head Office by calling 1-709-896-3992.

Avian Influenza in Wild Birds (Dated May 10, 2022)

The Nunatsiavut Government is working with the provincial Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture and Environment and Climate Change Canada to monitor for presence of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds.

Wild birds, especially waterfowl, are natural carries of influenza viruses. They are not always affected by the disease but can still transmit it to other wild as well as vulnerable domestic birds. On rare occasions, avian influenza viruses, such as HPAI, can cause disease in humans. Careful cleaning practices (washing hands, clothing, equipment, etc.) prevents and reduces the spread of the virus.

As of May 9, 2022 there has been one presumptive positive case of HPAI in an Iceland Gull in Labrador. The Nunatsiavut Government and its partners are continuing to monitor the spread of HPAI.

Any person encouraging birds acting strangely (or dead birds) are encouraged to report sightings directly to their respective Nunatsiavut Government conservation officer. Signs that a bird may have HPAI includes; nervousness, tremors or lack of coordination, swelling around the head, neck and eyes, lack of energy or movement, coughing, gasping for air or sneezing, diarrhea or sudden death. Members of the public should not handle dead, sick or birds exhibiting strange behavior. If contact with wild birds is unavoidable, wear gloves or use a double plastic bag. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling.

It is considered safe to hunt, handle, and eat healthy game birds, However, exposed to avian influenza can occur when handling wild birds. There is no evidence to suggest that properly cooked game birds are a source of avian influenza infection for people. Wear gloves when preparing harvested birds. Thoroughly clean contaminated surfaces on tools, work areas, and clothing. Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling raw or other game products.

To report a sighting, or dead birds, please contact:

For Nain Simon Kohlmeister 709-922-2942
Hopedale – Ian Winters 709-933-3337
Postville – George Gear 709-479-9763
Makkovik – Errol Andersen 709-923-2365
Rigolet – David Wolfrey 709-947-3383

Smart Ice Update (Audio) (Dated May 10, 2022)

SmartICE recently went to a short Smart Kamutik run to see the thickness of the ice is around the community of Nain.

Rex Holwell Jr. is the Northern Production Lead.

He says they made their way down towards the rattle East of Nain at Kagali, went North to Club Island, and onto Schooner’s Point.

Holwell also says to get the true ice thickness, he had measured the thickness of the snow and the measurement of the ice.

Click here to hear the translations of Holwell on SmartICE.