DHC-2 Beaver Aircraft Plane Crash

On Monday at approximately 11:30pm the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax received a call about an overdue aircraft.

We spoke with Major Mark Norris the officer in charge at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax.

He says the overdue aircraft which departed from a fishing lodge at Cross Road Lake off side of Sevierville Quebec.

According to the VOCM news:

Three bodies were located yesterday, and searchers are still looking for the remaining four people who were on board the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft.

The effort has been handed over to RCMP as a missing person’s case.

Quebec media have identified 61-year-old Gilles Morin as the pilot of the DHC-2 Beaver.

Morin was a pilot with Quebec-based Air Saguenay which did work with Three Rivers Lodge based at Crossroads Lake in Labrador.

Jean Tremblay who owns the aircraft contracted to Three Rivers Lodge in Labrador says they’re not sure if the plane crashed on landing or take-off.

He says when the aircraft failed to return to base camp as scheduled, they engaged their emergency plan.

OK Radio will have more information once we are updated from Maj. Mark Norris.

Katie Winters Senior (Audio)

It always good to hear stories from elders of the memories they had of growing up.

Katie Winters of Nain remembers when the boat Winifred Lee would travel to fishing camps to collect salted fish.

Winters says that her time out on the land was always busy with the cod fishery and salting char.

She adds that there were funny moments while out at Kammâsuk.

Click Here to hear more about her stories.

President Lampe sends his condolences to family of Richard Rich

President offers condolences on the passing of Richard Rich On behalf of the Nunatsiavut Government and Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, President Johannes Lampe today extended his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of respected Rigolet elder Richard Rich, who passed away Tuesday.

“Richard was a strong advocate for his community, someone who was never shy to stand up for what he believed in,” says President Lampe.

“No matter the issue, Richard always demonstrated his leadership with a strong commitment to his community as well as to other Labrador Inuit communities.

He was so passionate about making his community a better place that he often refused to take no for an answer.

While we mourn his passing, we also celebrate his life and the contributions he made.

He will be sadly missed, but his legacy will live on for many years to come.

Kamutik W now accepting frozen cargo

The Kamutik W is confirmed that they are accepting frozen cargo to the north coast communities.

Kim Williams is the Cargo Supervisor with Nunatsiavut Marine.

She says if you would like to ship any frozen cargo to the north coast you can.

They only accept frozen cargo on Wednesday and Thursdays.

The Kamutik W left Happy Valley Goose Bay yesterday with frozen cargo for the north coast.

Williams says if you would like to get any frozen cargo shipped on the Kamutik W you must call to make an appointment.

For those who would like to ship any frozen freight you can call their office at 1 (709) 896-2284.

Hebron Ambassadors

The Nunatsiavut Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism hired on their Hebron Ambassadors to operate Hebron for the summer.

Jill Larkham is the Director of Tourism with the Nunatsiavut Government.

She says the Ambassador this year is Lena Semigak and Justine Tuglavina is the Ambassadors assistant.

The Ambassador will be responsible for providing tours to guests who are visiting the Hebron area and to lead daily operations at Hebron.

Larkham says staff arrived to Hebron last week.

The Contractor this year is Levi Nochasak and the labourers are Gus Semigak, Danny Jararuse and Seth Tuglavina.

Right now they are setting up camp.

Crew members will be in Hebron now until end of August.

Larkham also added that a Cruise ship will be making its way to Hebron on July 25, 2019.

14th Annual Rhubarb Festival

Today marks day two of the 14th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Hopedale.

The events started off today with Youth Fear Factor at 1pm.

At 6pm, there will be and open mic talent show for 12 and under, 13-18, and 19 and up at the Nanuk Centre.

There will be a prize only for first place.

And the deadline for volleyball tournament registration was at 1pm today.

The four on four volleyball tournament will start tomorrow at 1pm at the Nanuk Centre.

For ages 13+ two male and two female and the fee is $10 per person.

There will also be a fireman’s challenge, senior’s social and cardboard boat race.

The OK Radio will have more of the events of the Rhubarb Festival tomorrow.

Sixties Scoop Survivors (Audio)

The courts have now approved a settlement between the survivors and Canada that provides compensation for loss of cultural identity for certain survivors of the Sixties Scoop.

Melanie Vincent is responsible to plan sessions across the country for Collectiva who is the class action Administrator for the Sixties Scoop Settlement.

Between 1951 and 1991, Indian and Inuit children were taken into care and placed with non-Indigenous parents where they were not raised in accordance with their cultural traditions nor taught their traditional languages.

Vincent also speaks about how people can fill out an application and long they will take to process the claims for claimers and who is eligible and how claimers will receive a letter in the mail stating if they are eligible and how much they will receive and when.

Click here more from Vincent on the Sixties Scoop.

New Regulations for Non-Beneficiary Harvesting on Labrador Inuit Lands

Effective immediately, Non-Beneficiaries are required to obtain permission from the Nunatsiavut Government to harvest wildlife and plants on Labrador Inuit Lands (LIL) unless their interests are accommodated under the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement or an Overlap Agreement. This new regulation was adopted by the Nunatsiavut Assembly in January 2019, along with an amended Labrador Inuit Lands Act.

Applicants are required to produce the relevant federal or provincial licence, when necessary, before a permit to access LIL can be approved. Applicants are also required to follow laws of general application regarding open seasons, bag limits, etc. The permit also allows a Non-Beneficiary to harvest wildlife and plants (including domestic firewood) in LIL. Harvesting of wildlife and plants in LIL for commercial purposes is prohibited.

Non-Beneficiaries requesting a permit to access LIL for harvesting purposes must complete an application from and submit it to an authorized Nunatsiavut Government employee for review. A $20 cash fee is required upon approval of a permit to access. The fee may be waived in some instances. For further information, please contact your local Nunatsiavut Government office.

Labrador Inuit Lands are privately-owned by Labrador Inuit and managed by the Nunatsiavut Government. Labrador Inuit have exclusive harvesting rights for wildlife and plants in LIL.

Kajak training with Noah

There will be Kajak training starting tomorrow July 16, 2019.

Noah Nochasak is the Kajak Revival Lead with Nunatsiavut Government.

He says this is funded by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and is open for all ages but would need to fill out a consent form if you’re under the age of 18.

He says that the training will be running throughout the summer and fall with a winter option and will only be limited of 4 people at a time.

The focus for this training is all hands on and preparing people for the ocean.

Nochasak adds that this is his second year on this project lead and says that there are 4 levels in this training.

If anyone would like to join in the Kajak training can either contact Noah at 922-2942 ext 238 or by email at noah.nochasak@nunatsiavut.com or you can drop by the Nunatsiavut Government office here in Nain.

14th Annual Rhubarb Festival starts today

The 14th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Hopedale is starting today with plans for a fun-filled week.

The events start off today at 5pm at the Nanuk Centre with a Community BBQ Sponsored by Vale.

Minute to Win it will be at 7pm for ages 18-49 years and for ages 50 and up will be in pairs male/female.

Tomorrow the events will start at 1pm with youth fear factor, place to be determined.

There will also be a mic/talent show.

OK Radio will have more of the events of the Rhubarb Festival tomorrow.