Fall 2023 Gardening Night in Makkovik

The Fall 2023 Gardening Night in Makkovik will be going again this November.

This will be held at the Makkovik Community Hall.

They will start their evening with an overview of work from 2023, including composting, vegetable beds, plants pests, bakeapples and pollinators and seniors gardening program.

Then they will have a chance for growers to talk about what they grew, share tips and ask questions and also plan for next year.

This is hosted by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

For more information you can contact Erica Oberndorfer and Marilyn Faulkner.

Engagement Session by Keepers of the Circle & AnânauKatiget Tumingit

During the Engagement Session by Keepers of the Circle & AnânauKatiget Tumingit earlier this week regarding the Strange Lake Rare Earth Mining Project.

Nainimiut requested that I extend a meeting request to Torngat Metals to attend the Fall 2023 Nain Constituency Meeting.

I am happy to say that they have accepted the invitation and will attend by video call. This will be an informal setting where Nainimiut will be able to ask questions directly to representatives from Torngat Metals.

I hope to see you all next Wednesday November 15, 2023 at the NG Admin. Building Main board room from 6-9:30PM.

Friendly reminder: These settings are safe and welcoming spaces where Inuit can respectfully express their concerns, comments or questions.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Roxanne Barbour, Ordinary Member of the Nunatsiavut Assembly for Nain
709-922-2942 Ext. 224

Douglas White interview from the 1980’s (audio)

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.

Douglas White of Nain was born in Voisey’s Bay.

When he was 17 yrs old he enlisted for the second world war.

Douglas had to go across the Atlantic to Great Britain to train before he started.

Today we will air an interview OkalaKatiget Society had with him in the late 1980’s about his life before the war.

click here to hear what he had to say.

Community Freezers update on the north coast

Everyone relies on their community freezers on the north coast.

In Nain we spoke with Liz Pijogge the Northern Researcher in Nain.

Pijogge says the hours of operations run from 8:30-12noon and again from 1-4:30.

Right now, there are seven workers at the freezer. They only have char and they are waiting on caribou and musk ox.

In Hopedale, Matilda Dicker is a radio producer and works with the Food Bank.

The hours for Hopedale’s community freezer are from 9am to 12, and 1 to 4:30pm.

Dicker says they have caribou, musk ox, cod fish, and got an order for char.

For the community of Makkovik, Barry Andersen is the AngajukKâk.

Their hours of operation are from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12pm, and from 1 to 4:30.

Andersen, say they have char but they are waiting on an order of other meats

Chesley Sheppard is the AngajukKâk with the Rigolet Inuit Community Government.

Right now, they have four bags of char and six bags of bakeapples. They are also waiting for an order.

Hours for the Rigolet Community Freezer are from 8:30am to 12, and 1 to 4:30pm.

Diane Gear White works with the Postville Community Freezer.

Gear White say their hours are from 8:30am to 12pm, and 1 to 4:30.

The Postville community freezer currently doesn’t have anything.

Kids Eat Smart

Kids Eat Smart Raises Nearly $400,000 Through Radiothon on VOCM.

Children in schools across the province will have an opportunity to enjoy a nutritious breakfast thanks to the Kids Eat Smart Foundation who raised more than $379,500 as the result of a radiothon on the VOCM Radio Network this afternoon.

VOCM hosts took to the airwaves Wednesday afternoon from the Avalon Mall, helping to raise awareness and funds for the worthy cause.

Executive Director of Kids Eat Smart, Celina Stoyles, her voice breaking with emotion, expressed her thanks for all the support received.

“We’re truly humbled,” she said as her voice caught.

“We could not do this without our donors.”

She offered her thanks to all those who supported the program on behalf of the children of Newfoundland and Labrador who are going to enjoy breakfast at school.

Guy Fawkes Night in Nain

The community of Nain was invited to have a bonfire to celebrate Guy Fawke’s Night last night.

OKâlaKatiget Radio spoke with the after-school Program Supervisor, Gwen Dyson.

The weather wasn’t cooperating on the night of November 5, so the recreation department postponed it to November 8, 2023.

Dyson mentioned there were more people at the fire than expected.

The fire was located at the playground beside the volleyball court, starting at 6pm and ended at 8pm.

They had roast sticks ready and served everyone hot chocolate, marshmallows, and wieners.

Nain Huskies traveling to HVGB for the 3A Volleyball Regionals

The Nain huskies will be travelling to a 3 day volleyball tournament.

We spoke with Jack Warren who is the gym teacher in Nain.

He says they will be traveling on November 17, 2023 in Happy Valley Goose Bay.

There are 15 Huskies students travelling for the 3 A regional school sports on
Nov 17th- 19th.

The volleyball tournament will have Happy Valley Goose Bay competing along with Sheshatshiu and Lab City it will be held at the mealy mountain collegiate school.

Winners will travel to Glover town in Newfoundland for the 3A volleyball provincials in December

LATP open houses

The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership will be holding an open house in Nain, Hopedale and Sheshatshiu.

The first open house will be held tomorrow November 9, 2023 in Sheshatshiu.

This open house will be located at the Innu nation building from 3:30-5pm and again from 6-8pm.

This is a great way to learn more about LATP and to meet staff and learn about their services and have refreshments and to win a door prize.

The next open house will be held in Hopedale on November 14, 2023, at the Nanuk Center from 2-4pm and again from 6-8pm.

Then the next open house will be held in Nain on November 15-16, 2023.

The open in Nain will be held at the Pulapvik center from 2-4pm and again from 6-8pm.

For more information you can contact the head office in goose bay at 896-3500 ext. 221 or by email at admin@latp.ca.

Interview with Maria Emelias Merkuratsuk (audio)

Maria Emelia Merkuratsuk who is from Nain worked at the base camp in the Torngat mountains this summer.

We spoke with Maria about her job as a polar bear/black bear monitor.

Merkuratsuk talks about what types of things they do when they are at the base camp.

she also touches on the health of the bears, and what kind of people go to the camp.

click here to hear what Maria had to say.

MHA Lela Evans concerning housing in Nunatsiavut (audio)

MHA Lela Evans holds a strong voice for Nunatsiavummiut, and Labradorians.

It is already November, and the communities on the North Coast are yet to complete Housing work for each community.

Evans spoke with us at OKâlaKatiget, with an update, and raising her concerns about housing issues here in Nunatsiavut.

click here to hear what MHA Lela Evans has to say.