Nominations open for Okalakatiget Board of Directors

Nominations are now open for OKâlaKatiget Society Board of Directors for the towns of Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik and Upper Lake Melville.

Nominations opened on Monday May 20 and will close at noon on Monday May 27.

To be nominated, you must fill out a nomination form, which must be signed by a nominator and a seconder who are also Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries.

Nomination forms are available at the OK Society office in Nain and once completed must be returned to the office in Nain by noon Monday, May 27th.

Successful candidates will serve a two-year term.

For more information, contact the head office in Nain at the OK Society at 1-(709)-922-2955, or by email at

Ski-Doo recalls 7,000 snowmobiles over fire hazard

Snowmobiles are being recalled by their manufacturers.

The 2017 Ski-Doo MXZ model, along with several others are being recalled over a potential fire hazard.

(Bombardier Recreational Products) Ski-Doo is recalling 7,025 snowmobiles over a potential fire hazard.

The 2017 Freeride, MXZ, Renegade, and Summit models with 850 E-TEC engines are affected.

According to the recall notice on the Transport Canada website, the issue is with the machines’ fuel hose connections, which could wear and leak fuel.

The recall was issued on March 29, and an interim repair was available starting on April 17.

A permanent repair won’t be available until July.

Owners should contact their local Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) dealer to have the repairs made.

“They’ll process each case individually and help finding the most efficient solution to fix their snowmobiles,” said a BRP spokesperson.

The 2017 Ski-Doo Freeride is another model being recalled. (Bombardier Recreational Products)

In a statement to CBC News, BRP said in cases where there is no dealership nearby, like nearly all Nunavut communities, Ski-Doo owners should contact BRP’s Customer service at 1-888-272-9222.

Story courtesy of CBCnews.

IlinniaKatigennik cancelation

The OK Society would like to remind our listeners that there will be no IlinniaKatigennik show today Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 due to the Victoria Day holiday.

The IlinniaKatigennik will be back on the air again on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Meanwhile, if anyone would like to tell stories in Inuktitut, we would be happy to record anyone who is interested.

Local listeners can reach us at 922-2955 and out of town listeners can call us toll free at 1-855-922-2955.

Man charged with attempted Murder

On Friday, May 10, 2019, RCMP in Happy Valley-Goose Bay received a report of a 29-year-old man recovering in hospital from a knife wound that required immediate medical attention.

A 31 year old Happy Valley-Goose Bay man, Michael Lidd was charged with attempted murder by the Nfld & Labrador Provincial Court followed by an investigation on Friday, May 17, 2019.

The Labrador General Investigation Section along with Forensic Identification Services and Police Dog Services conducted an extensive investigation into the incident. Later then, police arrested Mr. Lidd.

Following his court appearance on May 17, 2019 he was held in custody and will reappear in court on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019.

RCMP Investigating Human remains outside Makkovik

Today, Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 RCMP is investigating about human remains found outside Makkovik.

RCMP are investigating the findings of human remains just outside the community on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

The remains were sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Sunday, May 19th for autopsy and identification.

The investigation is ongoing.

Coastal Grads

The Grad students are very busy with preparing for their special day.

We contacted schools from the north coast.

The Cap and Gown was held at the BL Morrison School on Postville on May 16 and the Graduation was on May 17 of this year.

There are three students graduating this year and the theme was, “Oh the places we’ll go”.

The graduation at the Jens Haven Memorial School here in Nain was held this past Saturday, May 18.

There were 9 graduates who had their church service followed by a prom.

Their theme for this year is “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun”.

The Graduation ceremony, Prom, and Cap and Gown for this year in Rigolet will be held on Saturday, May 25th.

They have 2 grad students who will be graduating, and their theme is “Passport around the World”.

In Hopedale the Graduation ceremony and the Cap and Gown ceremony will be taking place on Saturday, June 1.

Dean Coombs the Principal at the Amos Comenius School in Hopedale.

He says nine students will be graduating this year, one female and eight male.

And their grad theme this year is “Vegas”.

Students head to their church service at 2pm then get their pictures done, then go to the reception and return to the school for their meal and ceremony.

Amalia McNeil the Clerk for the J.C. Erhardt Memorial School in Makkovik.

She says they don’t have any students who will be graduating this year.

New owner for Atsanik Lodge

This past February customers were wondering about this new name change for the Big Land General stores in Nain, Makkovik and Hopedale.

The Big Land General Stores recently had their name changed to the Franks General Store.

Patty Dicker is the new owner of the Franks General Store.

Dicker says she wanted to honour her father Frank, so she named the stores Franks General Store after her dad.

He was her role model and she wanted a way to keep his memory alive.

Dicker has also recently purchased the Atsanik Lodge hotel in Nain.

Click Here to find out more information about what Dicker has to say.

Nain RCMP Audio

The Nain RCMP Detachment is busy this fiscal year.

We spoke with Sgt. Nugent with the Nain RCMP Detachment.

Sgt. Nugent says they started patrolling the community of Nain and will be continuing regular check stops for impaired drivers.

He adds that the last physical year the Nain RCMP caught 22 impaired drivers.

Every year they hold an annual performance plan.

Click here to find our more information.

Nigivik Programs

The Nigivik Centre is also busy with their programs for this month.

According to their Nigivik calendar, they had soup for everyone just this dinner hour from 12-1pm.

Tomorrow Saturday, May 18, starting at 1pm will be Family Cooking Program.

On Tuesday, May 21st at 9am the Nigivik Centre will be making Banana Bread.

On the next day from 6-8pm is Youth Evening Program making cupcakes.

Every Thursdays, the Nigivik Centre partners with the DHSD and holds Power Hour from 12-1pm.

Family Baking program will be on Sunday, May 26 starting from 1-4pm.

And on Tuesday, May 28, at 9am is Bread Program.

So, anyone wanting to join in any of these programs or have any suggestions can go see Shelley Dicker, the Community Food Worker at the Nigivik Centre.

Take Charge NL

On March 8 the Provincial Government Launched Energy Efficiency Program for Oil Heated Homes.

The Provincial and Federal Governments are investing a total of $2 million over three years for the Energy Efficiency in Oil Heated Homes Program to lower greenhouse gas emissions and support clean economic growth. Funding is being provided through the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

The Provincial Government is contributing $1.54 million and the Federal Government is contributing $512,000 to provide rebates for insulation and programmable thermostats for customers who heat their homes with oil.

The program will be administered through takeCHARGE, an energy efficiency partnership between Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

By 2030, the programs developed under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to date are expected to deliver 776,000 tonnes of cumulative greenhouse gas emission reductions and 187 direct person years of employment.

These programs build on commitments in The Way Forward to strengthen the economy and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents.

The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at