kinatuinnnamut ilingajuk Nov. 1986 (Audio)

The Labrador Inuit Development Corporation started their second phase of the Caribou Freezer Factory in the Summer of 1986.

They received a grant of $1.6 million from the Federal Government to finish the plant.

The plant at the time, was expected to be completed in the Fall of 1987.

Click here to hear the announcement from November 1986.

Community Freezers

The OK Radio called most of the Nunatsiavut communities to see what they have to offer in their community freezers.

In the community freezer Nain have seal and char.

The Hopedale and Makkovik community freezers have char and cod.

The Postville community freezer has whole cod fish, whole char, salmon, and frozen meats from their local store.

We will get the Rigolet community freezer once it becomes available.

Nain Daycare

The Nain Pigutsavik, Daycare Centre first opened its doors in September of 2019.

At that time, the Centre had ten seats available for toddlers 24-36 months old.

The Centre had 16 seats for Pre-schoolers, there were 3 seats for babies for 3-24 months old, and they are schedule was set rotationally.

There was 16 staff members.

NCC Committing “Cultural Appropriation” by Holding Virtual Inuttitut Sessions

Language, Culture and Tourism Minister Roxanne Barbour says she is appalled to learn that the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) is planning to hold virtual Inuttitut sessions beginning this week.

“This is very upsetting,” says Minister Barbour, who is responsible for the protection, promotion and advancement of Labrador Inuttitut (Nunatsiavummiutut). The Minister noted that in the document, Unveiling NunatuKavut, the NCC maintains (based on research) that “the Inuit of South and Central Labrador had a different language system than those in Northern Labrador.”

“NCC claims to have their own language distinct from ours. The language they will be learning is Nunatsiavummiutut delivered by a Nunatsiavummiuk instructor. This is harmful, offensive and is nothing more than cultural appropriation,” says Minister Barbour.

In September of last year, the Nunatsiavut executive council issued a statement declaring that “based on our research, our consultations and the history of our people, the executive council does not recognize the proposed NCC land claim. We recognize that some members of the NCC may themselves have some Indigenous ancestry and backgrounds, but the NCC is not entitled to Inuit rights and it has no viable claim to land in Labrador…”

The Nunatsiavut Government released a report on October 28, 2021 that examined the land claim and assertions of Inuit identity of the NCC, and issued the following statement:

“Because of existing concerns about the NCC land claim, and the significant issues seen in the NCC report Unveiling NunatuKavut, the Nunatsiavut Government contracted a researcher to complete an analysis. The subsequent report forms one pillar of the Nunatsiavut Government’s review process. It illustrates a range of inconsistencies in unveiling NunatuKavut and supports the Nunatsiavut Government’s assessments that while there are likely members of the NCC in South-Central Labrador who have Indigenous ancestry and backgrounds, the nature and scale of the NCC’s claims aren’t supported by the evidence it brought forward.”

Torngat Fisheries

Torngat Fish Producers Co-operative Board of Directors will start their annual Fall meeting tomorrow in Goose Bay.

Keith Watts is the General Manager.

He says it will be a regular session, the agenda includes financial statements, and donations of Christmas Hampers for each of the 5 north coast communities.

We will speak with Watts again on Friday, after the Board of Directors are finished their Fall meeting.

Hopedale ICG (Audio)

Funds for the Community Enhancement Program with the Hopedale Inuit Community Government have been approved.

Marjorie Flowers is the AngajukKak.

Residents can apply before Friday, December 2nd, 2022.

Flowers says it is a provincial program and it’s ran through Service Canada.

Click here to hear more information about the enhancement program with angajukKak Flowers

Them Days News

Them Days Inc is publishing a special issue about midwifery. Do you have a story to tell about birth or midwifery?

Anything or anyone we need to know about?

They will be travelling around Labrador, and they would love to hear your stories and traditions relating to the topic.

You can contact Laquitta Normore, their project researcher at
Inormore@themdays.com, or Aimme Chaulk, Editor, at editor@themdays.com.

NL Housing Proposed Multimillion-Dollar Facility

Estimated 80 people live on Labrador town’s trail system, up from 20-25 in 2017.

A Labrador community in desperate need of housing solutions for a growing transient population got its first look this week at a proposed multimillion-dollar facility that advocates hope will begin construction in the spring.

Last Friday, the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation announced it would be holding information sessions this week about the proposed facility, which has not been formally confirmed by the provincial government, for Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The town has been dealing with a growing transient population, with many living in the wooded trails. The town estimates 80 people live on the trails, up from 20-25 in 2017.

According to N.L. Housing’s data, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, despite representing about 1.6 per cent of N.L.’s population is home to about 21 per cent of the province’s shelter users.

The NLHC said service groups in town also report that 90 per cent of shelter guests self-identify as Indigenous. Abbott said he hopes the facility can be built soon to address the demand.

The proposed facility would be two floors in a U-shape with 30 shelter beds, 20 one-room apartments, 20 one-bedroom supportive housing units, laundry, washrooms, showers, a commercial kitchen, cultural space, elder support, clinic space, a common room, and a multipurpose space.

But the design and the cost has not been finalized. Abbott said the province is still working with the architect and engineers about the size and amenities that will be offered.

Story courtesy of CBC News.

Hopedale Language Nest

The Language Nest in Hopedale is now running for over 20 years.

Which opened on March 9, 2001.

In approach to in the fight to save our Inuit language, the dialect of Inuktitut is down to only a handful of elderly speakers in several of Labrador’s Inuit Communities. They said if things go as planned several infants in Hopedale will have started their mother’s tongue.

The Language Nest is an idea that comes from the Maori people of New Zealand. They revived their native togue by pairing elders with infants.

In Hopedale, there were 3 babies under the age of one that spend 8 hours a day with two Inuit Speakers.

At that time, Catharine Andersen was the head of the program and said Inuktitut is being taught to students in primary school. However, that is not creating fluent speakers, because the school students are entering system with English as their first language.

Advent

This year, this coming Sunday, November 27 is Advent Day.

Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve or December 24.

When Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, it is the last fourth Sunday of Advent.

From the Latin word, adventus, meaning “coming or arriving”, Advent is a period of spiritual preparation in which Christians make themselves ready for the coming or birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Celebrating Advent typically to remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our saviour.

Traditionally, the Moravian Star is hung in the church on the first Sunday of Advent and remains up until January 6, or the time of the coming of the Magi.

It is viewed as a symbol of the birth of Jesus and represents the Star of Bethlehem, reminding us of the star that pointed to the great and heavenly light from Bethlehem’s manger shining bright.

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome.

This is the message of the Advent Star, which also points to Jesus, who said, “I am the bright and Morning Star.” It is the star of promise, the star of fulfillment, and the star of hope.