Them Days (Audio)

The Them Days Magazine in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is busy looking for stories.

Amy Chaulk is the Editor for Them Days Inc.

She says right now, they are working on an issue about Labrador veterans.

Chaulk says she’s been gathering stories from different families.

Click here to hear an update from Chaulk with Them Days Inc.

The Brinex Road Bridges Repair

The Postville Inuit Community Government is inviting everyone to help repair the two bridges on Brinex Road.

We’ve spoke with Shirley Goudie who is the Town Manager with the Postville ICG.

Goudie says they will start tomorrow morning, January 18th, 2020 at 9 am, meeting at Brinex Road.

The materials are provided to help repair the bridges.

There will be prizes drawn and the prizes are one drum of gas and one in each that was donated from around town.

Goudie adds that the brooks are bad, so anyone wanting to come out and volunteer to keep the bridges safe can meet at the Brinex Road.

Inuktitut Speak-Off Postponed

The Inuktitut Speak-Off that was supposed to be held here in Nain is postponed until next month.

Christine Nochasak is the Inuk Program Specialist.

She says the Inuktitut Speak-Off is postponed because some of the students couldn’t make it and she did not want to leave anyone out.

Nochasak adds that when she gets a call from the Happy Valley-Goose Bay office, she will let everyone know when the Inuktitut speak-off will be.

Makkovik ICG Plans For This Year

The Makkovik Inuit Community Government has some plans for 2020.

We spoke with the AngajukKâk, Barry Andersen.

He says they are in process for a new housing sub division for 20 new houses and are getting ready to send it to tender later on this winter for a contract.

The arena is now in operation with hockey and ice rental.

Andersen says that they are getting ready to hire people for the groom trail to make a trail from Makkovik to Separation Lake, which is half way to Goose Bay.

He would also notify the public that they are in process of looking to hire a Community Administrative Officer and has a new Recreation Director in training, Corey Pottle.

Other than that, Andersen says that they got regular operations going on such as collecting garbage and thawing out freezing pipes.

LATP Update (Audio)

The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (LATP) will be traveling to Hopedale next week to recruit for upcoming training program they are offering.

LATP held community consultation meetings before Christmas and did not have the chance to hold one in Hopedale before the New Year.

Keith Jacque is the Executive Director with LATP.

He says they have a couple Camp Attendant training coming up.

The first training will be held in Hopedale beginning on January 27th, 2020 and the next training will be held in Nain, on February 17th, 2020.

They are also offering a new 3 week Underground Diamond Driller Program in Sudbury next month in February.

To find out more about these great job opportunities click here to hear from Jacque on these training programs.

Inuit Program in St. John’s (Audio)

The First Light Friendship Centre in St. John’s has an Inuit program on the go.

Ashley Dicker is the Program Facilitator for the centre.

She says she got this program going because she wanted to be around Inuit.

Dicker says they get together on Thursday’s from 6-7:30 at the friendship centre.

Click here to hear more from Dicker.

Young Men’s Day Festival Update

The Young Men in Nain held their first Young Men’s Day meeting was held at the Fire Hall last evening.

Johnny Ikkusek is the Supervisor for the event.

The Young Men’s Festival Day is celebrated on January 25th, and this year it falls on a Saturday.

Ikkusek says 6 young boys attended the meeting, another meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, at the Nain Fire Hall at 5 pm.

He says the Captains are Abele Ikkusek and Dennis Merkuratsuk.

Ikkusek says the fee for the first timers to have their day is $15 and the second timers, $25.

Right now they are looking for donations, a tree, table and chairs, helpers and cooks.

Ikkusek adds there are 9 eligible first timer boys who turned the age of 15 and can join the celebration this year.

So if anyone young men who would like to have their day on January 25th, they can attend the second meeting tomorrow Friday at the Nain Fire Hall at 5 pm.

OTT Program

The Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC) are currently accepting applications for the Orientation to Trades and Technology for women.

Judy Voisey is the Career and Employment Specialist for WRDC.

Applicants who apply for this training program will have hands on experience training in Trade fields.

Voisey says this program offers many hands on trades programs and a variety of academic courses, worksite tours and industry presentations.

The OTT Career Development program is a 16 week program funded by the Provincial Government offered to women.

To find out more about this OTT program, please contact Judy Voisey at (709) 896-8076 or by email at:

Illusuak Hours

The Illusuak Centre in Nain is open to the public.

Nancy Winters is the Café Manager for the centre.

She says they are open from nine to four today and they will open from eight to four starting tomorrow.

Winters says they serve coffee and the Exhibit area is open for people to look around.

She says they are still looking for a cook for the café.

Winters adds once the cook is hired they will serve soup and sandwiches.

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is a National Awareness Initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and it is held annually on January 27.

Family Literacy Day is a day to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

On January 27th, 2020 will be the 21st Anniversary.

We spoke to a few schools along the coast to get information about the Family Literacy day in their communities.

Laura Dawn Angnatok is the principal for the Jens Haven Primary School in Nain.

Angnatok says the date is scheduled for January 27th at the school starting at 1:45 pm.

Teachers will hand out invitations to the children to give to parents.

Dion Rideout is the Principal for the J.C. Erhardt Memorial School in Makkovik.

Rideout says they will have their Family Literacy Day also on January 27th at the school from 1-3 pm.

They will be doing stations for each classroom and will have activities including crosswords, digital codes, puzzles, Inuktitut reading, and more.

The teachers will be also giving out invitations to the students as well.

Carmine Sheppard is the principal for B.L. Morrison in Postville.

Sheppard says due to not very many people showing up to the last Family Literacy Day, they are unaware whether to have it or not.