Sarah Townley on IBED (Audio)

The Labrador Institute and the Faculty of Education of Memorial University have partnered to enable the creation of a Community Based Teacher Education program focused on primary/elementary teacher education in the Aboriginal and Northern context.

Working with the Nunatsiavut Government (NG), the College of the North Atlantic and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, Memorial University has developed a program route including an Inuktitut language component, coastal community practicums, and a First Year Success component that began in 2014.

We spoke with Sarah Townley who was born in Hebron but now lives in North West River.

She says that she helped teach Inuktitut with Selma, Susanna, Sybilla and Christine.

Click here to hear more about what Townley has to say about her involvement with the Inuit Bachelor’s Education Diploma Program.

Jonathan Lidd gets accepted for NS (Audio)

The Nunavut Sivuniksavut (NS) is dedicated to providing Inuit youth with unique cultural and academic learning experiences that will allow them to develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes needed to contribute to the building of the Inuit regions in Canada including Alaska.

Since 1985, it has been affiliated with Algonquin College in Ottawa, through an innovative arrangement that allows NS to remain independent while at the same time providing for formal accreditation. Graduates of the program are enrolled as Algonquin students, receive Algonquin College certificates, and NS staff are college employees.

Jonathan Lidd from Nain had applied to this program and had found out that he is accepted to attend in September.

Click here to hear more on what Lidd has to say about this program.

Hospitality NL

The Nunatsiavut Government and Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador will be holding a one day session on Service Best – Training Session.

Anita Rich is the Tourism Development Officer for the Nunatsiavut Government in Rigolet.

Rich says the Tourism Department for NG will have approximately 20 participants and they are looking for four more interested participants from Nain.

The one day session will include: Use the techniques associated with Service Best service, skills for service recovery, and developing and maintaining a service best attitude.

The participants will learn to create memorable customer experience, identify to customer needs and turn dissatisfied customers into loyal fans.

The sessions will be held in Nain on July 4th, 2019 at the Nunatsiavut Government Board Room and the Deadline to apply is on June 18th, 2018.

And there is a fee to participate in the program for HNL members the cost is $62.50 and for non members the fee is $125.00.

Anyone interested can contact Anita Rich in Rigolet at (709) 947 3604 or email her at

Or Allie Bourden for hospitality NL at (709) 722 2000 ext: 234.

Cap and Gown/Awards

We spoke with Principal Jacob Larkin of Jens Haven Memorial School here in Nain.

He says this evening Thursday, June 13 will be the Kindergarten’s Cap and Gown.

It will be at the school gym starting at 7pm.

All is welcome.

Larkin also would like to remind the public that the Awards Ceremonies will be on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Grades K-6 awards will be at 9am and grades 7-12 will be that evening at 6:30pm along with the Grade’s 12 Cap and Gown.

Mental Health Unit at LGH

The Member of Parliament (MP) Yvonne Jones announced yesterday a contract has been awarded to design a new six-bed mental health unit at the Labrador Health Center in Happy Valley Goose Bay.

MP Jones says that the contract has been awarded to Fougere Menchenton Architecture Incorporated and it is valued at $426,000.

Jones says that the new unit will include services that are inclusive and culturally appropriate for all Labradorians and is looking forward to seeing Labradorians getting treatment they need that are closer to home.

The tender for construction will be issued in the fall and the project is expected to be completed in 2022.

Nigivik Programs

The Nigivik Centre is busy preparing for their programs with the Department of Health & Social Development.

We contacted Shelley Dicker who is the Community Food Worker with the Nunatsiavut Government.

She says they are planned for a Father’s Day Brunch tomorrow, June 14 at 10-11:30 for all fathers and grandfathers.

She also says they will be making cinnamon twists on Monday or Tuesday.

She would like to notify the public that instead of doing monthly schedules, they will be planning weekly programs, and are looking for people who are looking to do programs and get paid for the day.

Dicker adds that she will be busy with helping for the barbecue for the National Indigenous Peoples Day on the 21st with the Nain DHSD.

For more information on the Nigivik Centre Programs or if you would like to learn how to cook anything, you can call the Nigivik Centre at 922-2968.

Interview with Simeon Nochasak (Audio)

Simeon Nochasak has been playing the organ for the Makkovik Moravian Church for many years.

Nochasak was taught by his father to play the organ when he lived in Hebron.

He says he had also played at the Hopedale Moravian Church.

Click here to find out more about his history with the organ.

Year end Concert a Success

Jens Haven Memorial School held their Year End Concert last night in Nain at the 4-12 school gym.

All the students that performed did an amazing job.

There were many people from the community that came out to watch the talented students sing, dance, and play instruments.
Stay tuned to our Sugusivut program today to hear some of the performance done by the students of JHMS.

Puppeteers Wanted for National Indigenous Peoples Day

The Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are looking for two puppeteers.

The puppeteers will be needed for a show on National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, 2019 from 3-3:30pm.

The rate of pay is $38.40 and the deadline is June 14, 2019 @ 4pm.

If you feel that you are great for the part, please don’t hesitate to contact Shirley at 922-2942 ext. 262. Or you can email her at

Science Camp

Labrador institute will soon be holding a Science Camp for students.

It will run from July 8-12, 2019, and will be located at North West River, and Happy Valley Goose-Bay Labrador.

Labrador institute will be running a summer camp and is open to Innu and Inuit youth in Labrador going into grade 8, 9, 10, and 11, in the fall of September 2019.

The Summer Camp is in Partnership with Innu Nation, NunatuKavut, and Nunatsiavut.

We spoke with Jodie Lane who is the Education Manager for Inuit Pathways in Makkovik.

She says that the camp will be focusing on tradition learning and the indigenous culture, and other traditional things.

It will be free of charge so there will be no charge for participation.

She says this will bring youth together, and will be using traditional cultural activities during this summer camp.

Elders will also be invited as well from different groups.

Lane says she is helping with the names of elders who can or would like to attend, and she is helping coordinate.

If you would like more information you can contact Jodie Lane, the toll free number is 1-877-923-2171 or by email at