Last Wednesday, after a meeting with heads of government, health officials, police, and even the local fire department, Joe Dicker sat down and wrote a letter asking people to stay out of his town. The AngajukKak (or mayor) of Nain asked that anyone planning on coming to town—which sits on the north coast of Labrador in Nunatsiavut—to please consider the nature of their visit. If it wasn’t absolutely necessary, he asked that they “stay away.” The next day, the Nunatsiavut government issued its own directive, asking that all non-essential travel to and between Labrador’s Inuit communities be cancelled. “Pandemics have had catastrophic impacts in Nunatsiavut in the past, and all efforts must be taken to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to all Labrador Inuit communities,” the release said. Nunatsiavut is under the same public health emergency as the rest of Newfoundland and Labrador, as officials scramble to…
The first (but forgotten) dam on Labrador’s Grand River can tell us a lot about our province’s past—and its future.
A picture is worth a thousand words!
Political shakeups in the Big Land sent Lela Evans & Jordan Brown to the House of Assembly. Now they’re working across party lines to shine light on Labrador.
Religion, she tells me, is about structure and the power to manipulate and control. Spirituality, she suggests, is about creating sacred space.
Growing up bisexual in the Big Land made me who I am. Never once did it make me feel small because of who I loved.
“I made a commitment to my people and I’m going to live and die with that commitment. I’m going to represent my people.”
Finance Minister Tom Osborne used the words “methodical, fair and responsible” to describe the recent budget, but representatives of civil society and community organizations said that Budget 2018 failed to provide a vision for a sustainable future for Newfoundland and Labrador. Debbie Forward, head of the Nurses’ Union, referred to it as “a flat budget.” She said while there’s not a lot to be upset about, there’s not much to be excited about either. Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour said she was looking for a jobs strategy from the budget, but couldn’t find one. “There’s nothing in this that indicates there’s any plan ahead for that. I didn’t see a vision in this budget for what’s going to happen for our population going forward,” she said. The March 27 budget “doesn’t inspire confidence with respect to what we have been able to observe today,”…
Melissa Best explains why she got arrested outside the Muskrat Falls site Friday.
Premier’s comments on food security in Canada’s north “totally hypocritical,” says jailed NunatuKavut Elder and land protector.
Let’s call it “Reconciliation Day” instead.
Inuk grandmother and land protector confronts premier as Nalcor delays plans to lower Muskrat Falls reservoir levels contrary to leaders’ agreement.
Protests in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. John’s, Rigolet and Ottawa cap off a week of calls from across Canada for the release of incarcerated Inuk grandmother and land protector.
Province, federal government and Nalcor all have a hand in the incarceration of the Inuk grandmother and land protector, says Amnesty spokesperson.
When it comes to Inuk land protector Beatrice Hunter’s shameful treatment, everyone is trying to pass the buck — including those who bear ultimate responsibility.
Inuk grandmother and land protector speaks out from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
Some say the premier must do more to understand the lived experiences of Indigenous people and communities in this province if he is sincere about reconciliation.
Amid claims of double standards, questions of politics, justice and reconciliation remain unanswered.
Protectors say they are “shutting Muskrat Falls down”; Ball refuses to step down as minister of Labrador and Aboriginal affairs.
Muskrat Falls protests continue Friday as land protectors deny access to Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.