President Extends Condolences to Respected Inuk Elder

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 Nain Inuk elder Louisa Kojak, who passed away on Tuesday, June 14 at the age of 73.

“Ms.Kojak made tremendous contributions in helping to promote and preserve Inuktitut, having worked many years with both the Labrador Inuit Association and the Nunatsiavut Government in an administrative role and as an interpreter/translator. She provided administrative support during the process leading to the establishment of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and played a significant role as interpreter/translator. She also helped in the development of the Inuktitut material to be used in the provincial education system. She was well known and respected in her home community of Nain and throughout Nunatsiavut and beyond. She will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered by those who were fortunate enough to have known her.”

Funeral services will take place this week in Nain.

Pride Walk (Audio)

June is the month of recognition for PRIDE and the Department of Health and Social Development (DHSD) in Nain held a pride walk last week.

Craig Wyatt is part of the mental health and addictions team.

The DHSD held the walk on June 15, 2022.

Wyatt says that this year’s participants was doubled compared to last year.

Click here to see how the pride walk went last week with Wyatt.

Award-Winning Volleyball Player Grace Tuglavina

An accomplished local athlete has just received a major national scholarship to help in her studies in the heath care field.

Award-winning volleyball player Grace Tuglavina, a recent graduate of Lake Melville school in Northwest River, Labrador is the winner of the RBC Indigenous youth scholarship.

The scholarship will provide Tuglavina, and each of 19 other recipients across Canada, with $10,000 dollars per year for up to four years to complete her studies.

Close to 800 Indigenous young people were considered for the annual award which recognizes strong academic performance and community involvement.

Tuglavina competed with Team NL Eastern elite volleyball, and team NL Indigenous at the North American Indigenous games.

She was named Lake Melville school’s female athlete of the year in 2021 and in 2020 received the school sports NL scholar athlete award.

She also won Gold at the 2021 Labrador, Western and Central Newfoundland Virtual science fair, as well as the Cenovus Energy Indigenous scholarship and the marine institute award in 2022 for a project on changing ice patterns in the North.

Removal of Building in Makkovik, NL

The Nunatsiavut Government is seeking tenders from qualified contractors to dismantle a 24×34 square foot building located at 13 Seaview Crescent in Makkovik. Bids to include the removal of the cement foundation.

Interested contractors are required to obtain the full, detailed instructions and requirements for the tenders, including the proposed scope of work and any further information on the project from the Nunatsiavut Government offices in Makkovik:

Attention: Terry Rice
Telephone: (709) 923-2002
Mail: P.O Box 92, Makkovik, NL A0P 1J0

Full project details can be found on MERX Canadian public tender:

Proposals are to be received no later than4:00 p.m ADT on July 6, 2022 at the Nunatsiavut Government offices in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut.

The lowest-cost or any tender may not necessarily be accepted and the Nunatsiavut Government reserves the right to cancel this tendering process at any time.

Tenders will be evaluated on the principle of value for money, which includes an evaluation of the Nuit content factors pursuant to the procurement act.

Postville By-Election

Nominations for candidates to fill a vacant seat in the Nunatsiavut Assembly for the Constituency of Postville closed at 2 p.m. today. George Gear was the only candidate to file nomination papers.

The Nunatsiavut Elections Act contains provisions to promote gender equity in the Nunatsiavut Assembly. As per Section 33(1) of the Act:

If, at the close of the time for nominating candidates … there is not at least one female candidate for election in each constituency, the Returning Officer shall immediately notify the President and the Nunatsiavut Electoral Officer in writing and the President shall take reasonable steps to nominate a female candidate for election in each constituency no later than 48 hours following the close of the time for nomination of candidates…

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe has been contacted by the Nunatsiavut Electoral Officer and will undertake to nominate a female candidate as per the Act.

If no female candidate is nominated, Mr. Gear will be acclaimed as the Ordinary Member for Postville. If there is a female candidate, an election will take place on June 30, in accordance with the Act.

Tony Andersen Ordinary Member (Audio)

The Nunatsiavut Government held their elections for Ordinary Members at the Nunatsiavut House of Assembly in May.

Ordinary Members in Nunatsiavut were sworn in to represent our respective communities.

Last week we spoke with Ordinary Member Roxanne Andersen about her role and duties.

We also spoke with Tony Andersen, one of the two Ordinary Members for Nain.

He says that he is humble and very grateful to be elected for Nain.

Andersen adds that there is a lot of work to be done within our community of Nain.

Such as the housing situation and much more.

Click here to find out more of what Andersen has to say about his role and plans.

Stanley Cup Championship 1st Game

The Stanley Cup Championship first game went ahead last night, Wednesday, June 15th which started at 9pm.

Colorado Avalanche beat their host the Tampa Bay Lightning team in overtime by a score of 4-3.

The teams will play again for the championship game on Saturday, June 18 at 9pm.

Schedule for Nain’s Indigenous Day

The schedule for National Indigenous Day for Nain has been set up for next week.

Anyone can go down to the Illusuak Cultural Centre to celebrate on June 22nd, 2022, from 3 to 8pm.

The day will start with the lighting of the Kullik, with NG President Johannes Lampe saying a prayer at 3pm.

From 3:15 to 4pm, there will be Inuit games, storytelling, with tea and panitsiak.

There will be a community supper at 5pm and there will be a choice of having a soup of partridge, beef, chicken or chili.

Music Events will start at 5:30pm, the Beardos will be perform along with the brass band, some throat singers also will an open mic.

People of all ages can participate in a prize draw for traditional dressed starting at 7:45pm.

Infants ages zero to 4 years could win a baby gift, children between the ages of five to seven years and children ages 8 to 12 years got a chance to win a bicycle, youth between the ages of 13 to 18 years have a chance to win a $250 gift card, and adults ages 19 years and older could win a drum of gas or oil.

There will also be tickets sold for door prizes of an Air Borealis Ticket and a $300 food voucher.

The day will end of with singing Labradorimiut at 8pm.

LMI’s Pilot Project

Labrador Marine Inc. has undertaken a pilot project to open the freight shed in Goose Bay on Saturday morning.

According to MHA Lela Evans post on Facebook, she would like to thank LMI for incorporating this into their schedule.

She says it wasn’t only her who advocated for this important change. The ICGs AngajukKât and NG have lobbied to have hours on Saturday.

This is a pilot project to evaluate impact on the ship loading process and may be suspended or reversed if the Saturday hours impact the ability to safely load the Kamutik W or interferes with the ability for the Kamutik W to stay on schedule.

LMI plan to evaluate this over the next month to determine the impact on ship loading procedures.

The following is added to the LMI website effective this coming Saturday:
– Saturday 8 to 10am
– Local individual shipments only, no commercial shipments will be accepted
– Freight will only be accepted within these hours
– Freight shipped this late is not guaranteed, see freight policy and procedures
– Freight will be loaded in order of date received and correct port order

Regards, Lela Evans.

Cap and Gown

The 2021-2022 school year will be ending next Thursday, June 23rd, OK Radio called each of the schools along the coast to see when they will be holding their cap and gown.

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

Graduates will be having their graduation on Saturday, June 25th.

Juanita Skanes is the Vice Principal for the Jens Haven Memorial School in Nain.

Skanes says they will have their cap and gown on Thursday, June 23rd.

The Kindergarten graduates of the Jens Haven Memoriam Primary School will be having their graduation tonight, Thursday, June 16th, at 6pm.

Carmine Sheppard is the Principal for B.L. Morrison Memorial School in Postville.

The school will be having a day out the ballfield and have a BBQ lunch on Tuesday, June 21st and they will be having an awards ceremony next week, Wednesday, June 22nd.

The Northern Lights Academy of Rigolet already had their cap and gown on May 28th.

OK Radio will get the Amos Comenius Memorial School in Hopedale once details become available.