1st Annual Tanya Tshakapesh Co-ed Volleyball Tournament

The 1st Annual Tanya Tshakapesh Memorial Co-Ed Volleyball tournament will be held this year in Natuashish.

We spoke with Ben Rich who is the organizer for this tournament.

He says the first annual co-ed volleyball tournament will be held on Friday, February 10, 2023, and the fee for each player is $60.

Rich says right now they have 3 teams registered so far.

Prizes for first place winner is $6000, second place winner, and third place winners will receive medals.

The deadline to register your teams is February 5, 2023.

Postville Come Home Year

The Postville Come Home Year committee are seeking volunteers.

It will be taking place this year on July 23, 2023.

They are looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, organizing events, attending meetings and contributing ideas.

If you are interested, you can reach out to Jessica Sheppard by calling her at 479-9846, or by email at postvillechy23@hotmail.com before Wednesday February 1, 2023 at 3pm.

Illusuak Open House

Staff of the Illusuak Cultural Centre are partnering with the Language Department, along with the Nigivik Centre to host an Open House.

The open house will be at the Illusuak tomorrow, February 1st, 2023, from 1:30 to 3:30pm.

Join them in welcoming their new assistant manager, talk about cultural programming discuss more traditional ideas and how to incorporate them in to programming.

Any input is vital in how Illusuak runs and operates.

There’s going to be prizes, snack bags, and a traditional show.

You name will be entered for a prize for anyone wearing a traditional clothing item.

N & L Report 210 New Cases

Newfoundland ana Labrador is reporting 210 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, with 23 in the hospital due to the virus.

That’s an increase of 5 over couple days ago total of 18.

Public Health said there are officially 2,162 active cases in the province with 1,246 tests completed since Saturday, January 28.

Of the 210 new cases reported yesterday, 138 are in the Eastern Health Region, 32 are in Central Health Region, 32 are in the Western Health Region and 8 are in the Labrador Health Region.

Canadian Rangers Recruiting (Audio)

The Canadian Rangers are looking to recruit members to join in the rangers.

We spoke with Brad McInnis who is a Ranger Instructor.

He says they had 3 local people that got enrolled and are looking for more members who would be interested.

They does training as well as inspections on the radar station at kiglapait.

McInnis adds that there is no age limit and there is no medical standard.

Click here to hear more from McInnis on the Canadian Rangers.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Inuit Tapiriit kanatami said the Inuit Child First Initiative recognized intergenerational trauma from the legacy of colonization in all requests that are reviewed.

To find out what kind of requests can be made, you can visit their website at www.itk.ca/project/inuit-child/-first/initiative.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami also said there will be a National Inuit Student gathering from March 7-9 this year.

They are looking for Inuit to speak in person in Ottawa and virtual at this year’s gathering to share the successes and challenges of being a post-secondary student.

This is a paid opportunity and interested students can check the e-mail at ipsi@itk.ca by Monday, February 13 this year.

Ice Conditions in Makkovik and Rigolet

With the temperatures dropping, people are travelling on the ice in and around the communities of Rigolet and Makkovik.

Todd Broomfield is the conservation officer in Makkovik.

He says the ice is starting to get more thicker and more snow; there are people travelling between Makkovik and Postville.

David Wolfrey is one of the Conservation Officers in Rigolet.

He stated that the ice is getting thicker but not a lot of snow dropped, and people started traveling to and from Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week.

We will get an update on the ice conditions in Nain, Hopedale, and Postville once they becomes available.

Widows Seeking Cooks

The upcoming Widows Traditional Day is on Thursday, February 2nd this year.

Mary Andersen is a Senior and will be the AngajukKâk of the widows.

She is looking for cooks and helpers to go shopping for them.

The Traditional Day will take place at the Illusuak Cultural Centre.

She added any widows wanting to join their special day, can call her at home at 922-2930 or go and see her in person.

Young Peoples Day Celebration

The Young People’s Day celebration took place in Hopedale this past weekend.

We spoke with Augusta Tuglavina who was the organizer for this event.

She says the Young People’s Day was held on Saturday January 28 of this year with 7 youth during breakfast, and a total of 21 young women and young men had their day.

The church services were held at 10 am, then again at 3pm.

She adds they played some games and sports at the Nanuk Centre, and the young women made muffins and cakes.

Tuglavina adds they are so thankful for all the help and donations that were given to them in a short notice.

NG Offended and Disappointed

The Nunatsiavut Government is offended and disappointed that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to include the NunatuKavut Community Council in the consultation process for the pre-feasibility study on establishing a road link connecting Labrador’s north coast with the TransLabrador Highway.

“The NCC is not a collective entitled to Indigenous rights and, therefore, should not have any say whatsoever when it comes to developments within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area,” says Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe. “We are insulted that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador continues to dismiss our concerns by insisting an outside settler group claiming to be Indigenous be consulted on matters that have nothing at all to do with them.”

A media release issued by the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday notes that “Indigenous land use, harvesting, and cultural and ecological values will be considered in all aspects” of the pre-feasibility study.

Allnorth Consultants Limited, a partner with NCC’s economic development arm, Nunacor, has been contracted to complete the pre-feasibility study.

“While we are pleased to finally see this work begin, we are upset that NCC and Nunacor will be involved,” says President Lampe. “This is wrong, immoral and a step back for reconciliation on the part of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.”