Two Job Opportunities for Youth with the OKâlaKatiget Society

The OKâlaKatiget Society has obtained funds through the First Nations and Inuit Skills Links Program to employ two youth at our office in Nain.

This is a Mentored Program which assists young people in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace, and learn about job and career options.

The two positions available at OKâlaKatiget are one Television Intern and one Radio Assistant.

Applicants must be:

Youth between the ages of 18 to 30 years old.

Unemployed and out of school.

The deadline to apply is September 25, 2019.

The period of employment is 26 weeks, ending March, 2019.

The rate of pay will be $14.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay.

For more information, contact the OK Society at 922-2955.

Fall Sports Meet Billeting

The Jens Haven Memorial School is hosting their Fall Sports meet this weekend.

The Coaches and Students will be travelling to Nain this Thursday coming, and is here until Sunday, September 22.

They are just finalizing with their Billeting list; and the JHM Staff would like to let the audience know that they are in need of Billeting.

If you are interested in billeting a Coach or a Student or two, you can do so by contacting Megan Webb or Corinne Lampe at the JHMS School at 922-2813.

Makkovik First Annual Berry Carnival

The community of Makkovik will be holding their first annual Berry Carnival this October.

We spoke with Lindsay Andersen the Community Economic Development Officer at the Makkovik Inuit Community Government.

Andersen says they received funding from the Makkovimmiut trust fund.

This carnival will be held on Saturday October 5, this day will be a fun filled day of planned activities, and free of charge to everyone.

This is a great way for residents to celebrate the fall season and the end of the fishing season.

Activities planned will be games for children, a community supper and a 19 plus dance to finish off the festivities.

During supper there will be a baking contest any traditional berry dessert can be entered with a $100 first place prize.

And a fashion contest for the King and Queen is sponsored by the Torngat fisheries co-op.

They are looking for a king and queen of Torngat fisheries, Prize will be donated by Torngat Fisheries of a 30 pound box of crab each.

Andersen adds that she is looking for volunteers to help out with the games and supper and helpers for in the kitchen.

For more information about this Carnival you can contact Lindsay at 923-2379 or by email at cedo@makkovik.ca.

Prime Minister Delivers Apology to Inuit for the Federal Government’s Managements of TB Epidemic from the 1940’s -1960’s

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today apologized on behalf of the Government of Canada to Inuit for its actions during the tuberculosis epidemic from 1940s to the 1960s.

Prime Minister Trudeau recognized the pain and trauma this injustice caused for families and communities across Inuit Nunangat, and the intergenerational impacts that continue to affect Inuit communities today. He also apologized for the colonial mindset that drove these and other government actions and brought such shameful destruction upon Inuit communities.

The Prime Minister also announced the launch of the Nanilavut Initiative, developed in partnership with Inuit, to help Inuit families and communities with the process of healing. In Inuktitut, “Nanilavut” means “let’s find them.” The initiative will help families find information on loved ones sent away during the epidemic. It will also provide other support identified as important by Inuit, including mental health assistance and commemoration activities.

The apology and the Nanilavut Initiative are the result of a collaborative effort between the Government of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

Reconciliation initiatives like this are a key priority for these partners, and part of the work of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee. They also reflect the Government of Canada’s firm commitment to renewing the Inuit-Crown relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation, and partnership.

HVGB Labrador Friendship Center AGM (Audio)

The Labrador Friendship Centre in Happy Valley Goose Bay had its Annual General Meeting recently.

Jennifer Elson-Hepler is the Executive Director for the centre.

She says they presented the annual report, reviewed the auditor statement and had an election of the board members.

She adds there was a good turnout at the AGM.

Click here to hear more from Elson-Hepler.

Men’s Net Making Program in Postville

The Department of Health and Social Development of Postville are quiet busy with a Men’s Net Making Program.

We spoke with Vyann Andersen who is the Mental Health and Addictions Worker.

She says this program has been going on since August 5th, and this program goes on each week. There are a total of 12 men who are in this program.

Andersen says that there are 2 men teaching this program and they are Donald Gear, and Henry Lane. One is an elder and one is a local.

There is currently a hold up due to lack of materials, so they are waiting on the freight boat to continue on.

Each man are learning how to mend nets, also learning how to make their very own net. When they are complete in this Net Making Program they will go home with their very own net they have made. So far this is going very well.

Andersen adds that when they receive rest of their materials they will work on their foot ropes of the net, known as a lead rope.

In the future more when they are complete with this program, Andersen says the men want to still work as a group and they want to learn how to make Snow Shoes.

Service Canada Coming to Nain

Service Canada will hold an Open House Session on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 1-4pm and 6-8pm and on Wednesday the 18th from 9am-12pm at the Nunatsiavut Government building.

Service Canada representatives will be providing information related to Employment Insurance, Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, Social Insurance Number, Child and Family Benefits, and Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

You can also apply for a Social Insurance Number during this visit. You must bring your Birth Certificate.

If your name has changed due to marriage, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate.

For more information you can contact Rutie Dicker at 922-2942.

They will also hold a Seniors Information Presentation on September 17 from 2:30-3:30pm at the Jeremias Community Centre.

For more information you can contact Lisa Ivany at 922-2690.

Take Back the Night in Postville

The Postville DHSD staff will holding a Take Back the Night on Thursday, September 19, 2019 starting at 6:30pm.

The walk will be starting at the DHSD building, and will end with a fire pit and a candle light vigil.

Snacks and beverages will be provided.

The Take Back the Night will also be held here in Nain on September 23rd at 6:30pm.

Everyone is asked to meet at the RCMP Detachment.

T-shirts, prizes, soup, chili and rolls will be served.

Two Job Opportunities for Youth with the OKâlaKatiget Society

The OKâlaKatiget Society has obtained funds through the First Nations and Inuit Skills Links Program to employ two youth at our office in Nain.

This is a Mentored Program which assists young people in acquiring the essential skills that will help them gain employment, function well in the workplace, and learn about job and career options.

The two positions available at OKâlaKatiget are one Television Intern and one Radio Assistant.

Applicants must be:

Youth between the ages of 18 to 30 years old.

Unemployed and out of school.

The deadline to apply is September 25, 2019.
The period of employment is 26 weeks, ending March, 2019.

The rate of pay will be $14.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay.

For more information, contact the OK Society at 922-2955.

Nain ICG Update (Audio)

The Nain Inuit Community Government Municipal service crew are very busy this summer.

Joe Dicker is the AngajukKâk for the NICG.

He says due to short staff, they are quite busy maintaining several services in and around Nain.

He also says that his crew members are finished maintaining the leak near the Nunatsiavut Government building but are working on another leak on Harmony Road.

Click here to find out more.