Makkovik Sports Meet (Audio)

The Fall Sports Meet in Makkovik turned out to be a success the weekend.

Dion Rideout is the principal of the J.C Erhardt Memorial School in Makkovik.

He says that even though there was a year and a half of not having any activities due to COVID-19, the athletes still done an outstanding job.

Congratulations to all athletes who participated in the Sports meet!

Click here to hear more of what Rideout has to say about the Fall Sports Meet.

Nunatsiavut and Other Businesses to Meet

Tradition and Transition will be gathering in St. John’s for their final event “Tautsilaulluk – Lets Exchange”

The dates set for the meetings are Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27th.

The topics include: Reflections on Transition and Transition, Hebron Family Archeologist Project, Master Apprentice Language Program, National Inuit Strategy on Research, Northlanders, Caribou Ban, Inutittut App, Archival, Tautukkonik, We all Expected to die, Listen to Inuit voice in Moravian Music, Inuit Voices, MUN Indigenization Strategy, SSHRC Indigenous Research, Inuk Book, Labrador Creative Arts, daughters of MikKak, Inuit Music in St. John’s, Nunatsiavut Archeology, Double Mer and Hopedale Archelogy with topic guest speakers.

Then followed by Evaluation / Partnership discussion and Conclusion with Throat Singing.

OK Radio tried to get an interview, but we were unfortunate today.

Search for Lost Gear (Audio)

Torngat Wildlife and Plants Secretariat new project on searching for lost gear went quite well.

Craig Taylor is the Fisheries Analyst.

He says they used a vessel with a sonar which is a new technology on board.

Taylor says they went in areas of Nunatsiavut, Cape Harrison and the coast of Hopedale to search for lost gear in the bottom of the ocean.

He added with what they found, it will be useful for future searches and continue the work.

Click here when Taylor gives you more information.

COVID-19 Update

Nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being reported in the province today.

Seven are in the Eastern Health region, with one each in the Central and Western regions.

That leaves 46 active cases in the province – with five people in hospital.

In her last public briefing, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Rosann Sceviour says there are four schools involved in the latest cases.

They include Sacred Health Academy in Marystown, Anthony Paddon Elementary in Musgravetown, Heritage Collegiate in Lethbridge and Bayview Academy in St. George’s.

Close contacts have been notified, and some children are isolating and being tested.

Sceviour says with flu season approaching, details will be released in the near future on flu vaccine clinics.

She says both COVID and flu vaccine clinics will run concurrently through the fall and winter.

She offered a reminder that the measures used to ward against COVID-19, including the use of a mask, are also effective against other respiratory illnesses.

Gas Predictions

Gas is predicted to increase by 3.5 cents a litre overnight.

Gas prices are continuing to climb, with projections showing that drivers can expect to see $2 per litre next year.

Right now, we have the highest gas prices in the country, even while the Come-By-Chance refinery sits idle at our fingertips and millions of barrels of oil in our offshore to meet our domestic needs.

And while the PUB and provincial government sit on their hands, it’s the everyday Newfoundlander or everyday Labradorian who always gets left holding the bag for their bad decisions and poor policy choices.

Everyday Newfoundlanders and everyday Labradorians deserve a break, especially at the pumps.

Andrew Harvey Passed Away

First Light, Aboriginal Friendship Centre in St. John’s has cancelled all their programming for this week, as it’s members mourn the loss of a well known Artist and Indigenous activist.

The staff and board members are with incredible sadness to share the passing of co-worker Andrew Harvey on Monday, at the age of 39.

Andrew was more than a colleague, he was a friend, and he was family, and he was a true inspiration for anyone who was lucky to know him.

And Andrews impact in our community will be forever.

It was rare to see him without a smile on his face, we will never forget his laugh. We will try our best to bring as so much joy and happiness each day as Andrew did. We are sending all our prayers to his family and friends during this time.

Andrew will always be a part of our First Light Family and we are offering all our support, love and strength that we can during this difficult time.

First Light staff will be grieving together this week, and programming will be cancelled. Next week, we will provide opportunities for a drop-in support to members of our community with more details come on Friday.

OKalaKatiget Radio will also miss Andrew Harvey for the past interviews we shared about their programming.

Hopedale & Postville DHSD Halloween Activities

The Department of Health and Social Development in Hopedale has some Halloween activities for this year.

Jukie Winters is a Community Health worker with the Hopedale DHSD.

She says that all programs will be held at the DHSD Building and everyone is welcome to dress up in their costumes.

Tonight, October 20th, there will be a Halloween party for anyone ages 26 years to 49 years, there will also be some ghost stories at 6pm until 7:30pm

There will be a Halloween party for families tomorrow, October 21st.

Friday, October 22nd, they have planned a Halloween party with bingo for anyone ages 50 to 59 years of age.

On Monday, October 25th, there’s a Halloween party for children ages 6 to 12 years of age.

Next week, October 27th, children ages 13 to 18 years will have their Halloween Party.

On October 29th, seniors ages 60 years and older will be doing bingo for their Halloween party.

Winters adds that there will be a Haunted House at the old DHSD Building from 1pm to 4pm on Halloween Day, October 31st.

Jennifer Jacque-Poole who is a Community Health Worker with the Postville DHSD.

Jacque-Poole says that the Halloween parties have not yet been decided yet.

On Tuesday, October 26th, there will be a Halloween dinner for seniors at 12pm.

On Thursday, October 28th at 3pm, there will be a Youth Halloween event.

There will be pumpkin carving contest for anyone at 6:30pm on October 29th.

On Saturday, October 30th, Vyann Andersen-Goudie will also be holding a ghost story telling along with more activities.

Eastern Health Region COVID-19 Exposure

As part of a Public Health investigation in the Eastern Health region, anyone who visited the location on the dates and times listed below is asked to arrange COVID-19 testing. The business has been notified and Public Health thanks them for their cooperation.

Marystown YMCA, 2B Harris Drive, Marystown, NL, on the following dates and times:

• Thursday, October 14 from 4 pm – 5:30 pm
• Friday, October 15 from 3:30 pm – 6 pm
• Saturday, October 16 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

People who visited this location are advised to seek testing in keeping with public notifications for possible exposure.

To arrange testing, complete the online self-assessment and referral tool available at www.covidassessment.nlchi.nl.ca or call 811.

People who visited this location and currently have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to isolate until 24 hours after their symptoms resolve and they receive a negative test result.

People who visited this location and do not currently have symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to isolate until they receive a negative test result.

While awaiting their test result, they should monitor for symptoms and isolate should any symptoms develop.

Rutie Lampe (Audio)

The Nain Department of Health and Social Development will be losing one of their long-time staff members.

Rutie Lampe is the Mental Health and Addictions worker.

She says she will be starting a new job at the Nunatsiavut Government.

She says she is sad and excited to start her new position after working with the LIHC/DHSD for 26 years.

Click here to hear more from Lampe on her new position with Nunatsiavut Government.

On behalf of the OK Society, we would like to thank you for all that you’ve done over the years, congratulations on your new job, and good luck.

Nain Recreation Halloween Activities

The Jeremias Sillitt Community Centre and the Youth Centre has some Halloween Activities scheduled here in Nain.

Lisa Ivany is the Recreation Director with the Nain Inuit Community Government

On October 28th, there will be a Halloween Party Bingo for seniors at 11am in the Gymnasium.

There will be a Men’s and Women’s Halloween Volleyball tournament on October 29th at 7pm until 10:45pm. Anyone who dresses up in their costumes will get prizes as well.

October 30th, there will be a Halloween Dance from 2-4pm, games and costume judging are also included along with a Haunted house from 6 to 8pm.

Crystal Allen-Webb is the Nain Youth Outreach Worker.

There will be a Haunted House down to the Youth Centre on October 28th starting at 8:30pm.

The fee to enter the haunted house is $1 or however much they would want to pay, and monies will be going to the Nain Care.

The entrance will be on the back of the Centre.