Graduate Books

The Third edition of the Post Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) Graduate Book is now available.

Lucy Brennan is the Program Director for the PSSSP.

She says graduates in Nunatsiavut, Upper Lake Melville and St. John’s can pick their books up at the Nunatsiavut Offices in their community.

For those who have completed any of the PSSSP programs in the last 10 years, will receive the Graduate books.

Brennan says the Graduate books were sent out a few days ago.

She added that they ask all graduates featured in this book living in the Canadian Constituency outside St. John’s to please send their mailing address to PSSSP@nunatsiavut.com so we can send them a copy.

For more information Please contact the PSSSP office if you have any questions toll free at: 1-877-777-2589 or 709-754-2587.

Eye Doctor

The Cowan’s eye team will be coming to Nain end of April or beginning of May.

Edna Winters is the Team Leader for DHSD.

She says the eye team has to travel to the other communities before they come to Nain.

So, if anyone who would like to see the eye doctor, you can call 922-2126.

Housing Hub

Staff at the Housing Hub in Happy Valley Goose Bay is saying that no one has ever been turned away for any financial or space reasons.

But a recent Facebook post that was posted on Concerning Happy Valley-Goose Bay group motivated a lot of conversation about the local homeless shelter, called the Housing Hub.

The conversation revolved around whether a person would be turned away if they did not have the $40 fee required to stay there.

Scott Hudson, who runs the shelter, said that has never happened and it would not happen.

Hudson says “From the moment we’ve opened, no one has been turned away for lack of space and certainly not for financial reasons,” he told The Labradorian.

“The only people we’ve turned away are those who show up extremely intoxicated and may be a danger to themselves or others.”

Hudson said in those cases they don’t just turn people away either, they contact the RCMP or the hospital to assist the person, depending on what’s needed.

He said they have to have that rule in place to protect clients and staff at the shelter.

Regarding the fee, Hudson said a fee is standard at most shelters, to help with operating costs.

As a non-profit they use the money to help keep the shelter going, which isn’t cheap. Most of the time the fee is covered by social services, he said, and if it isn’t there are other avenues to help with payment, such as the local Salvation Army.

They can fit 13-14 people at the shelter but have hauled out cots to fit more, Hudson said, and the times where they can’t physically fit more people they’ll help get them alternative accommodations.

He said community partners, such as the Salvation Army and Labrador Friendship Centre, are always there to assist if needed.

They help find other accommodations and will cover the cost of a hotel room if that’s what’s needed.

“I can say with all confidence that when it comes to that it won’t be a problem,” he said. “They’re always there to help.”

Story Courtesy of the Labradorian.

Issues Nunatsiavut Government Dealing with (Audio)

Nunatsiavut Government continues dealing with lots of issues which they hope to rectify. There are also many concerns included.

Johannes Lampe is the President of NG.

He says the housing situation is always one of the big issues particularly for the communities of Nain and Hopedale.

Lampe says the other two issues are the Major Muskrat Falls Project, and the health subject on Tuberculosis (TB) in Nain.

To hear Lampe discuss more details on the issues NG is dealing, click HERE.

Nunatsiavut President welcomes O’Regan

Nunatsiavut President, Johannes Lampe says he’s looking forward to working with new Federal Indigenous Services Minister, Seamus O’Regan, who was appointed to the position yesterday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

O’Regan, who is also the province’s federal cabinet minister, replaces Jane Philpott, who was appointed as President of Treasury Board.

“As a member from Newfoundland and Labrador, and former resident of Happy Valley- Goose Bay, Minister O’Regan should be well-versed on indigenous issues in our region,” notes President Lampe.

“We welcome the opportunity to open lines of communications with him so that we can continue to advance issues that are of importance to Labrador Inuit.”

At the same time, President Lampe thanked former Minister Philpott for the leadership role she played in trying to improve the lives of Labrador Inuit.

The President added “Minister Philpott took a hands-on approach, was easily accessible and was very proactive on a number of fronts when it came to matters that affected Labrador Inuit. We wish her luck in her new role.”

Students on Ice Arctic 2019 Expedition

The Students on Ice is an amazing program and is also an award winning organization that offers unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic.

Their mandate is to educate the world’s youth about the importance of the Polar Regions, support their continued growth and inspire and catalyze initiatives that contribute to global sustainability.

The 2019 Arctic Expedition will begin their new program starting from July 23 to August 7, 2019.

The Arctic 2019 expedition will bring together more than 100 high school and university students from across the Arctic and around the world along with inspiring scientists, elders, artists, musicians, dignitaries, historians, thought leaders and innovators.

To find out more about programs or about the 2019 Arctic Expedition you can go onto their website at www.studentsonice.com.

Immersed in nature and engaged in cross disciplinary activity, students will be inspired, motivated, educated and challenged.

Updates are added regularly so check back for more information.

In the meantime, explore this site to learn about the Itinerary for the 2019 Arctic Expedition, Participant Resources and How to Apply.

Full scholarships are available for a majority of participants.

The deadline to submit the Arctic 2019 application form is 11:59pm (local time) on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

TaKuaKautik Food Bank

The next give away for the TaKuaKautik food bank will be January 30th from 6-8pm at the Nigivik Centre. The community is reminded to call into the toll free number 709-700-4739 to place an order.

And intake forms can be picked up at the clinic, Nunatsiavut government building porch, family connections staff, and the Nigivik centre.

The intake forms can be filled ahead of time and dropped off when you are picking up your bag or filled at the Nigivik centre on January 30th from 6-8pm with the help of a volunteer.

A reminder to the community:

**The TaKuaKautik will be handing out food once a month only**

It will be on the one day a month that is designated and advertised. If people miss this date, you will have to wait until the next month to pick up food.

The Food Bank volunteers are asking to please make sure to put extra effort into making an order and picking up a bag on that one day of the giveaway.

TaKuaKautik food bank is run completely by volunteers and due to the amount of work put into the food bank, this is what they are able to provide for the community until further notice.

Also please note: The Nigivik is not a part of the TaKuaKautik food bank. It is just space the TaKuaKautik volunteers use once a month for the give always. Nigivik staff are NOT food bank staff.

If you have any questions please reach out to the food bank committee.

Ice conditions for Nain

OK Radio contacted the coastal communities to see what their ice conditions are like in their communities.

Ronald Webb is one of the owners of Sikumiut in Nain.

He spent the day out on the ice yesterday and says it’s safe to travel and that there have been people going out to Kikkertavak, Black Island, Taber Island, and Cape Little.

Also, there have been some people from the community who had started to get some wood from Anaktalâk and added that the ice there has frozen over later than previous years.

Webb says that the rattles are still open and wishes to advise everyone to be careful when traveling on the ice.

OK Radio will have more information on the ice conditions from Postville once it becomes available.

Inuktitut Speak-Off

The 16th Annual Inuktitut Speak-Off will be held in Makkovik on January 16, 2019 at 7pm at the John Christian Erhardt Memorial School gym.

There will be nine students participating from the four communities.

Participants from Makkovik are Hannah Gear, Lucas Lane and Michelle Nochasak and the Inuktitut Teacher is Hulda Rice.

Hopedale participants are Kendra Winters and Eliza Tuglavina and Inuktitut Teacher is Rosie Piercy.

Students from Nain are Emelia Angnatok and Samantha Saksagiak and Inuktitut Teacher is Julie Dicker.

Rigolet participants also has two students Shania Williams and Ocean-Pottle Shiwak and Inuktitut teacher is Ellen Adams.

The Judges for this year are Katie Haye from Makkovik, Joan Dicker from Nain, and Gus Semigak from Hopedale.

This comes from the Curriculum Centre.

Nunatsiavut Government and the Issues they are dealing with Part 1

Nunatsiavut Government is dealing with many issues from last year 2018 and into this New Year 2019.

Johannes Lampe is the President of NG.

He says there is a lot of work in the issues that NG is dealing with, it seems like the work is moving in a slow pace, but the work continues.

Lampe says the issues they are dealing include: Nain Airstrip, the new vessel to serve North Coast of Labrador, and the George River Caribou Herd that keep declining and this is a very big concern for everyone.

To hear part one of Lampe speaking about these issues, click HERE.