NUNATSIAVUT SILATÂNI Atsusi - Greetings Updating Names and



NUNATSIAVUT SILATÂNI Atsusi - Greetings Updating Names and
Summer 2014
In This Issue
NA Updates...............................................2-3
NG Departmental Budget..........................3-4
AnânauKatiget Tumingit Update..................4
Departmental Minister and Deputy Minister
Contact Information......................................5
Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP).....................6-7
AIP Call for Submissions..............................8
Nunatsiavut Silatâni Call for Submissions
and ICC 2014 General Assembly.................9
UPCART’s Fourth Meeting....................10-11
Mary March Provincial Museum.................11
Governor General’s Leadership Conference
and IBSW...................................................12
Nunatsiavut Society of Nova Scotia...........13
Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program...14-15
Winston White.......................................15-16
Stacey Shiwak.......................................16-17
Artist Profile - The Blake Sisters..........18-19
National Aboriginal Day.........................20-21
Public Announcement Board.................22-23
Nunatsiavut Address Book.........................24
Canadian Constituency Office
Daniel G. Pottle and Patricia Ford
Ordinary Members Nunatsiavut
Assembly – Canada
Tama Ball
Canadian Constituency Officer
95 LeMarchant Road, Suite 203
St. John’s, NL A1C 2H1
Toll free: 1-877-777-2097
Local: 709-754-2097 Fax: 709-754-2364
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Atsusi - Greetings
Ikpiniavugut una allatausimajuk
Nunatsiavut Silatâni Kanuingisianinginnik inositsiagillutillu.
We trust that this edition of Nunatsiavut Silatâni will find everyone
safe and in good health.
Daniel (Danny) Pottle and Patricia
(Pat) Ford would like to thank the
constituents of Canada for your
overwhelming support in re-electing us to be your representatives
in the Nunatsiavut Assembly (NA)
for the next four years. Danny has
been reappointed as Minister of
Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology, and Pat has
been appointed as Deputy Speaker
of the NA. We look forward to
working on your behalf, and with
you over the next four years.
Updating Names and
As you may be aware, and as
per the Registrar of Beneficiaries (Don Dicker), Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land
Claims Agreement are required
under Inuit Law to maintain
current and up to date correspondence information, including legal name, and permanent
mailing address.
Current phone numbers and/
or email addresses are other
excellent ways to stay in touch,
especially if names and/or addresses are not kept up to date.
Although maintaining a phone
number and/or email address
is not required, maintaining
current names and mailing addresses is required under Inuit
The Registrar kindly requests
that you contact the Membership Office to update your name
and mailing address, now and
any time down the road wherein
your address and/or name may
The Membership Clerks can be
reached the following ways:
Sheila Angnatok
toll free number: 1-866-9222942 ext. 271, or via email:
[email protected]
Ashley Edmunds
toll free number: 1-866-9222942 ext. 226, or via email:
[email protected]
Please be prepared to have
various personal information
ready, possibly including but not
limited to: date of birth, beneficiary number, last known mailing address, etc.
Residential School Law Suit Update
The following is a copy of the
letter from Steven Cooper updating claimants on the Residential
Schools Class Action Lawsuit:
“I’m writing to report on a recent
decision of the Newfoundland
and Labrador Court of Appeal.
Some of you may have already
heard about the decision on the
news, but I wanted to make sure
that you had some more detail.
Those of you who have read my
previous reports will recall that
Canada has made a number of
court applications trying to narrow the issues and undermine
parts of our claim on your behalf.
Each attempt has failed except
one. Canada asked to argue that
some of the survivors should not
be allowed to be included in the
claim. The Court was prepared
to listen to that argument, but we
worried it would further delay the
trial set for this November.
We appealed that decision and
the Court of Appeal recently
agreed that the matter must
proceed to trial as scheduled
with no further applications or
delays. The trial is scheduled
for November 17, 2014 to go
until the holidays re-convene in
January 2015 for a few weeks,
if necessary. Full credit goes to
Kirk Baert and Celeste Poltak
who argued the case before the
Court of Appeal.
We are also looking to identify
a group of witnesses, survivors
mostly, who can talk about each
of the schools and their experiences. We are looking for a good
mix of people in terms of when
they went to various schools,
their individual group (Inuit, Innu
and Métis), the schools that they
attended and their experiences.
We need to show that the government did not carry out their
responsibilities. I expect that
we will also want some people
who are first language speakers
other than English although the
majority will probably be English
speaking. We will need people
that are comfortable taking the
stand in court, and with taking
the time with us to prepare. We
will be in touch with a few of you
to ask if you would be prepared
to participate.
We continue to hope that Canada will put its money where its
mouth has been for the last decade and approach us with the
intent to settle. We still do not
understand why the people in
Newfoundland and Labrador are
being treated so differently than
in the rest of the country. We do
not understand why the Government of Canada wants to put
survivors through a trial, nor do
we understand why the Federal
Government seems to want to
spend whatever it takes and use
up whatever time they can to
avoid healing this wound.
We encourage all of you to contact your political representatives
and press them to get the Government to sit down with us and
settle this claim fairly.
If you have any questions please
feel free to contact me or my
staff at any time.”
Steven L. Cooper
Barrister & Solicitor
[email protected]
Nunatsiavut Assembly (NA) Update
Since the last edition of Nunatsiavut Silatâni, the NA met
during the weeks of May 12-14
and June 9-11. The aforemen-
tioned proceedings followed
the Orders of the Day for the
NA; for a full review of the proceeding of the NA please refer
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to the NG Hansard at
NA Updates (Continued)
During the week of January
20-24, the NA passed Bill 201401, The Torngat CO-OP Loan
Guarantee Act. The Act supports commercial borrowing (up
to $750,000.000) by the Torngat
Fish Producers Cooperative Society Limited for the period from
April 1/14 – December 31/14.
During the week of March 3-7,
the NA passed Bill 2014-02 (the
Budget Act) and Bill 2014-03
(an Act to Amend the Nunat-
siavut Elections Act, Inuit Law
Bill 2014-03 amends the provisions related to the Presidential
elections under Part 2 of the
Nunatsiavut Elections Act by
(1) clarifying the Constitutional
requirement that candidates be
able to speak and understand
Inuttut and (2) requiring all candidates to participate in an Inuttut debate so as to (a) publically
demonstrate that they meet
the Constitutional requirement
and (b) allow voters an opportunity to decide for themselves
whether candidates speak and
understand Inuttut.
Bill 2014-02 is an Act to implement the Consolidated Financial
Plan of the NG for the fiscal
year beginning April 1/14 and
ending on March 31/15. The
table below lists the Revenue
and Expense for the NG for the
next fiscal year:
Nunatsiavut Government Departmental
Budget Highlights
Nunatsiavut Secretariat
of $7.5 million has been appropriated for housing, of which
$2.5 million is being carried
over from the 2013-14 fiscal
year related to the Nunatsiavut
Government’s planned housing strategy. A total of $1 million
is being set aside to complete
a housing risk assessment, to
establish housing charettes with
the goal to design a multi-unit
housing complex, and to assist
with the construction of a prototype.
of Lands and Natural Resources has decreased by nine (9)
per cent from the previous year.
$2.4 million has been appropriated to Torngat Regional Housing Association to continue with
the delivery of its programs.
Research will continue on possible locations for a counting
fence to monitor salmon in the
Rigolet area.
Nunatsiavut Affairs
Lands and Natural Resources
Under the FFA budget, a total
The budget for the Department
Funding is being provided for
the continuation of the Lake
Melville Baseline Environmental
The overall budget for the
Nunatsiavut Secretariat, which
includes the President’s office,
has been increased by 0.5 per
cent, or $9,800, from the previous year.
The Secretariat will continue to
implement its goals under the
Nunatsiavut Government’s Strategic Plan, including exploring
green energy, negotiations with
respect to the Mealy Mountains
National Park, moving forward
with policy development and
information management of corporate documents and data.
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While there are no significant
changes in current projects
or programs, the Nunatsiavut
Government is continuing to establish a fund for the purchase
of fishing opportunities, such as
quotas and licences. Funding
for this will come from fees received from fishers and fishing
Departmental Budget Highlights (continued)
Lands and Natural Resources
(continued) Study, the Nunatsiavut Government’s Sustainable
Communities Initiative and the
Going Off, Growing Strong program, as well as other ongoing
fiscal year.
Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Education and Economic Development
The overall budget for the
Department of Culture, Tourism
and Recreation has increased
by 20 per cent over the previous
The Department of Education
and Economic Development will
see a slight decrease in its budget from 2014-15 since it has
successfully received funding
from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for its activities.
A total of $250,000 has been
budgeted towards exhibits for
the planned Illusuak Cultural
A contribution of $75,000 is budgeted for the Torngat Recreation
Commission to support activities.
The Labrador Inuktitut Training
Program will enter into implementation phase during the new
An Experience Development
Specialist position will become
permanent, with new marketing
programs being planned and
The Department will continue
to implement priorities under
the Nunatsiavut Government’s
Strategic Plan in relation to
education, capacity building and
development of economic opportunities.
Finance, Human Resources
and Information Technology
The budget for the Department
of Finance, Human Resources
and Information Technology will
be increased by 2.3 per cent
over last year to strengthen
and formulate policies, as well
as to finalize all components of
the Nunatsiavut Government’s
plan to transition employees to
Health and Social Development
There is no significant change in
the budget for the Department
of Health and Social Development over 2013-14.
$20 million from the FFA has
been budgeted to support programs and services for Labrador Inuit, including, but not
limited to: Mental Health and
Addictions, Non-Insured Health
Benefits, community programming, suicide prevention, and
programming for youth and
AnânauKatiget Tumingit
AnânauKatiget Tumingit Regional Inuit Women’s Association
held its AGM in Makkovik, June
13-14, 2014.
Board members and staff will be
welcoming their incoming Executive Director, Charlotte Wolfrey,
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who will be joining ATRIWA on
June 30, 2014.
‘On Saturday, June 14, there will
be a public session facilitated
by Bobbie Boland, in an effort
to give direction to ATRIWA on
which areas to focus attention.
Departmental Minister and
Deputy Minister Information
Deputy Minister
President Sarah Leo, Nunatsiavut Secretariat
Tel: 1-866-922-2942 ext. 254
Email: [email protected]
Isabella Pain
Tel: 1-866-922-2942 ext. 247
Email: [email protected]
Kate Mitchell, First Minister
Tel: 709-922-2365 ext.228
Email: [email protected]
Toby Andersen, Nunatsiavut Affairs
Tel: 709-923-2489 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]
Darryl Shiwak, Minister of Lands and Natural
Tel: 709-947-3362
Email: [email protected]
Carl McLean, Land and Natural Resources
Tel: 709-896-8582
Email: [email protected]
Danny Pottle, Finance, Human Resources and
Information Technology
Tel: 709-754-2097 (1-877-754-2097)
Email: [email protected]
Rexanne Crawford
Tel: 709-896-8582
Email: [email protected]
Patricia Kemuksigak, Education and Economic
Tel: 709-896-8582 ext.231
Email: [email protected]
Tim McNeill
Tel: 709-896-8582 ext. 224
Email: [email protected]
Greg Flowers, Health and Social Development
Tel: 709-933-3777 ext. 229
Email: [email protected]
Michelle Kinney
Tel: 709-896-9750 (1-866-606-9750) ext. 252
Email: [email protected]
Richard Pamak, Culture, Recreation and Tourism
Tel: 1-866-922-2942
Email: [email protected]
Dave Lough
Tel: 1-866-922-2942 ext. 239
Email: [email protected]
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Arctic Inspiration Prize
The Nunatsiavut Government
has been awarded the Arctic
Inspiration Prize for its initiative, SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: Healthy Homes in Thriving
Nunatsiavut Communities.
The prize, with an associated
award of $350,000, was one of
three announced at a ceremony
coinciding with ArcticNet’s ninth
Annual Scientific Meeting in
Halifax on December 11/14.
“The Nunatsiavut Government
is proud and thrilled to be honored with this significant award,”
says President Sarah Leo. “It
will help us and our partners
develop sustainable housing
solutions for Nunatsiavummiut
and our communities.”
“SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik is an
outstanding example of using
research for the betterment of
Inuit,” adds the President. “I
want to commend the dedicated
team of professionals for their
hard work with this initiative,
and to thank them for making
this award possible.”
The broad-based SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik (Sustainable
Communities) initiative aims
to build on Inuit knowledge of
the current housing situation
in Nunatsiavut by demonstrating not only the feasibility and
best practices for planning and
implementation of subarctic sustainable communities, but also
the socio-economic benefits of
energy security, healthy homes
designed and built by Inuit, for
“Housing is the most fundamental issue facing our communities
today,” said SakKijânginnatuk
Nunalik team leader Isabella
Pain, in accepting the award
on behalf of the Nunatsiavut
Government. “We are in a
crisis situation, and while the
consequences of this crisis are
felt most powerfully by Nunatsiavut’s homeless and most
vulnerable households, the
implications extend throughout
the region, touching all areas of
community life and affecting the
lives of all Nunatsiavummiut.”
SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik plans
to use the prize money to help
build and monitor Nunatsiavut’s
first sustainable, multi-unit residential dwelling and establish a
prototype for Northern housing
development that addresses
changing climate, infrastructure
requirements and Inuit housing needs and preferences that
could potentially be applied
across the country.
SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik Team Members
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Arctic Inspiration Prize
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Arctic Inspiration Prize Call for Submissions
Dear Arctic colleagues:
This is a call for nominations for
the 2014 Arctic Inspiration Prize.
The $1 million CAD prize is
awarded annually to recognize
and promote the extraordinary
contribution made by teams in
the gathering of Arctic knowledge and their plans to implement this knowledge into real
world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic, its
Peoples and therefore Canada
as a whole. The Prize is made
possible through the generous
endowment of the S. and A.
Inspiration Foundation, the commitment of ArcticNet to voluntarily manage the Prize, as well
as the contribution from numerous volunteers and partners.
The 2014 Nomination Package
and Guidelines are now available on the Arctic Inspiration
Prize website ( Please make
sure you use the updated 2014
Forms. The nomination deadline
is October 1/14.
The Prize recognizes and
encourages teamwork and
collaboration among diverse
groups (northern community
members and organizations,
scientists, stakeholders from
the public and private sectors)
in addressing the causes rather
than the symptoms of issues of
importance to the Canadian Arctic and its Peoples. We encour-
age nominations for projects of
all scales. Smaller scale (local,
grassroots) projects (i.e. under
$100,000) are as eligible and
encouraged as very large ones
(up to $1 million). Information
on 2012 and 2013 Laureates is
available on the Arctic Inspiration Prize website.
in-Chief of Canada, Inuit Nobel
Peace Prize nominee Sheila
Watt-Cloutier, CBC’s chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge
and former Commissioner of the
Yukon Geraldine Van Bibber. A
full list of committee members is
available on the Arctic Inspiration Prize website.
Teams cannot apply for the
Prize themselves - they must
be nominated by third parties
who are knowledgeable about
their activities. Any individual or
organization may act as a Nominator for a team they see as
worthy for the Arctic Inspiration
Prize. Nominators may submit
more than one application for
the Arctic Inspiration Prize for
any given year. Nominators can
be representatives of northern
organizations, universities, research institutes, private sector,
government departments or any
other organization from north
and south with an interest in the
Canadian Arctic.
The third Arctic Inspiration Prize
Award Ceremony will be held in
conjunction with the 2014 International Arctic Change Conference (and 10th ArcticNet ASM)
on the evening of Wednesday,
December 10/14 at the Ottawa
Convention Centre, in our Nation’s Capital.
A Selection Committee composed of distinguished individuals known for their commitment
to the Canadian Arctic and its
inhabitants select from one to
five Prize winners annually, with
associated awards totalling $1
million. Current members of
the Selection Committee include: The Right Honourable
Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General and Commander-
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The Prize represents a unique
opportunity to bring knowledge
into action in the Canadian
Arctic and we encourage you
to seek and nominate potential
teams for the Prize.
Best regards,
Martin Fortier, Ph.D.
Executive Director, ArcticNet &
Arctic Inspiration Prize
1045, av. de la Médecine, Local
Université Laval, Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
T: 1-418-656-5233
C: 1-418-655-5233
F: 1-418-656-2334
Nunatsiavut Silatâni Call for Submissions
The Canadian Constituency Office is issuing two calls for submissions: digital artwork for the
Canadian Constituency Office’s
2014 Christmas Card, as well
as a call for submissions for the
Nunatsiavut Silatâni Christmas
2014 Newsletter.
Submissions for the Chistmas
Card may be artwork from any
and all visual media. For the
Nunatsiavut Silatâni Christmas
Newsletter, submissions may
be announcements/celebration
notes (weddings, birth announcements, anniversaries,
birthdays, events), condolences,
or any stories or articles that
may be of interest to Beneficiaries in Canada.
The submission date is Friday,
November 21st, 2014 at 4:30pm
Island time.
Please make your submissions
via email to:
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada)
2014 General Assembly
The ICC General Assemblies
are held once every four years,
and provide an important venue
for Inuit from the four Arctic
countries (Canada, the US,
Greenland, Russia) to debate
Arctic issues and to address developments taking place that affect the Inuit world. Assemblies
also provide an opportunity to
celebrate a rich cultural heritage
and to strengthen the cultural
bonds between all Inuit.
The 12th ICC GA will be held in
Inuvik, NWT, Canada, July 2124, 2014.
The Nunatsiavut Government
delegates for the ICC 2014
General Assembly are: President Sarah Leo, First Minister
Kate Mitchell, and Minister of
Finance, Human Resources and
Information Technology Danny
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Fourth Meeting of the Ungava Peninsula Caribou
Aboriginal Round Table is a Success
(Participants of the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table)
2014 - The Aboriginal Roundtable is pleased to report that their
fourth meeting held in Whapmagoostui - Kuujjuarapik on
May 21st and 22nd, 2014 was
a success and good progress is
being made towards the conservation of Ungava caribou.
Since the inaugural meeting of
the UPCART in January 2013
in Kuujjuaq, great efforts have
been made by the members
to develop their own conservation measures and actions
while ensuring that the cultural
and spiritual relationship with
caribou and the food security of
members are respected. These
efforts reported by the Aboriginal Groups at the Round Table
have resulted in a reduction
of the hunting pressure from
the UPCART members on the
George River Herd, which is in
a critical state.
“In the 18 months since the
inaugural meeting, members
of UPCART continue to build
their relationship and strengthen
the trust around the table. This
is leading to real results, and I
have faith that we will achieve a
true model of leadership in managing Ungava Caribou”, says
Sarah Leo, President of the
Government of Nunatsiavut and
Co-Chair of the UPCART.
Discussions regarding access
to the Leaf River Caribou Herd
by the members of the UPCART
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were also held, as the members reiterated the need to find
alternate means to access this
important food source while
being respectful of the wellbeing of the communities, their
populations and their territorial
“Sharing is a strong cultural
value for our Peoples, and it is
important to come to an agreement between the members on
how we can ensure our collective food security and maintain
our cultural relationship while
protecting and conserving the
Ungava Caribou”, says Adamie
Delisle-Alaku, Vice-President,
Renewable Resources, Makivik
Corporation and Co-Chair of the
Ungava Peninsula
Caribou ...
... continued
The UPCART is also continuing its work
in developing a conservation plan for the
Ungava caribou herds that will be based
on preserving the Aboriginal relationship
and respect for caribou.
Finally, the UPCART also acknowledges
the work of the Torngat Wildlife, Plans
and Fisheries Secretariat, who attended
the meeting and provided good insights
and recommendations for the management of the Ungava Caribou Herds.
About the Ungava Peninsula Caribou
Aboriginal Round Table
Mary March Provincial
May 3rd to October 5th
There will be a temporary exhibition at the Mary March
Provincial Museum (a division of The Rooms).
One of the exhibits is titled:
At Home and Away: The photography of Barry Pottle
and Chris Sampson. This runs from May 3 – October
5, 2014 at The Mary March Provincial Museum (The
Rooms) in St. John’s.
For more information, please visit the webstie below:
The Ungava Caribou Aboriginal Round
Table membership is: the Inuit of Nunavik, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Naskapi
Nation of Kawawachikamach, the Grand
Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee/
Cree Regional Authority (GCCEI/CRA),
the Innu Nation of Labrador and all the
Innu communities from the Québec region.
Image credit: Chris Sampson, “Uncle Doug” Jacque, Postville
For further information:
Sarah Leo, Co-Chair (709) 922-2942
Adamie Delisle Alaku, Co-Chair (819)
Image credit: Barry Pottle, “Cultural Teachings”
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Governor General’s
Leadership Conference 2015
The following is information
about special opportunities at
the 2015 leadership conference
for individuals of First Nations,
Inuit or Métis heritage. The
2015 Conference is approaching rapidly and the application
process is open until September
30, 2014.
The Canadian Leadership Conference occurs only once every
three to four years. It brings together 240 emerging Canadian
leaders from business, labour,
government, and NGOs for two
weeks of unique interaction
across the country designed to
improve the quality and relevance of their future decisionmaking. All members share one
thing in common: they are high
potential individuals selected on
the basis they are expected to
achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and
communities within ten years.
Each Conference has 15-20
members from First Nations,
Metis and Inuit communities.
For 2015, however, the Conference has agreed to put a
special emphasis on outreach
to emerging Aboriginal leaders across Canada. In fact, the
total Conference membership
is being increased by at least
20 positions in order to double
the number of Aboriginal participants in 2015.
We would greatly appreciate
any help you might provide
creating awareness of this opportunity inside Suncor and
in communities where Suncor
Worth noting - there is no cost
for individuals attending the
Conference: travel, accommodation and meals are covered
for everyone. For anyone who
may have difficulty accessing
funds to travel to and from the
opening and closing plenaries,
the Conference will make a
number of bursaries available,
on request.
The core information on the
Conference is available at www. The application form also is available
at the conference website. In
addition, for those who have
questions about the value of
the experience, or who wish to
discuss whether they have the
right qualifications, they can call
or email me at any time at the
number below.
With best wishes,
Ian Anderson
Executive Director
PSSSP Update on the Inuit Bachelor of Social
Work (IBSW)
In 2013, 17 of the original 19 IBSW
students graduated. The remaining
two students had a delayed gradutation; however, all 19 original IBSW
students have met the graduation
requirements and have sucessfully convocated as of May 2014.
As such, the IBSW is now the most
successful program yet, with a full
100% graduation rate! On behalf of
the staff of PSSSP, congratuatlions
to the first graduating class of IBSW!
Inuit Bachelor of Social Work Class
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The Nunatsiavut Society of Nova Scotia
A group has been formed
called the Nunatsiavut Society
of Nova Scotia. We have recently secured funding from the
Tasiujatsoak Trust Fund to offer
a slipper making workshop in
the fall and a drum-making
and throat singing workshop
between January and April.
We have secured a space for
the group to meet at a youth
centre,Unijacke Centre
for Community Development,
at 2439 Gottingen Street in
We would like to set up a meet
and greet to find out who is
interested in taking the slipper
making workshop, to determine
the number of people interested in participating, and to order
the supplies needed. Marjorie
Flowers of Happy Valley-Goose
Bay will be coming to teach
slipper making.
For the drum-making and
throat singing workshop, the
Blake Sisters of St. John’s, NL
will be teaching this session.
We will also be getting the Inuktitut Rosetta Stone (volumes
1 and 2) so we would like to set
up Inuktitut Language learning
The Department of Culture &
Tourism of Nunatsiavut Government is assisting the Nunat-
siavut Society of Nova Scotia,
so we will be working with
Deputy Minister Dave Lough.
This is very exciting! A Facebook page called “the Nunatsiavut Society of Nova Scotia”
has been set up and if you are
not a member please check the
group on Facebook.
gave a presentation on the cultural centre being built in Nain,
We would like your input on
which month and date to hold
the two gatherings mentioned
above. Which month works
best for you? Which date works
best for you? Please keep in
mind that we would like to offer
the sessions over a weekend.
For additional questions, comments or concerns, please
This is a wonderful opportunity
to learn more about our Inuit
culture and traditions. We look
forward to hearing from you.
Thank you.
Teresa Palliser, Lisa Webb, or
Frances Palliser
Email: [email protected]
The slipper making workshop
will be taking place between
September and December
2014.The drum-making and
thoat singing will be taking
place between January and
April 2015.
Also the space at the Unijacke
Centre for Community Development can be used for informal gatherings. So if we want
to set up a potluck, a tea or
things of those nature we can
work with Lisa Webb to make
Since the group began last
winter, we have had some get
togethers - a more recent one
being with Elder Sarah Anala
and Malve Petersman who
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Sarah Anala and Merrigan Palliser
during a meeting with Malve Petersman and Sarah Anala in May 2014.
Bridging the Divide:
The Aboriginal Patient Navigator Program
For most patients, a visit to the
hospital will evoke a range of
emotions— many of which are
unwelcome. To some, the health
care system can even feel like
an intimidating, complex maze.
Far from their communities and
culture, some of our Aboriginal
patients may feel particularly
isolated during a hospital stay
in St. John’s. Surrounded by the
unfamiliar, any gesture or support that makes them feel more
at home can help make the
experience a little more comfortable.
Enter Eastern Health’s Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN)
program. Since its introduction
in 2009, it has been breaking
down cultural and geographical
barriers, and supporting Aboriginal patients, as they make
their way through the acute care
In an effort to provide culturally-sensitive health care, the
APN program offers support
to Aboriginal patients who
are referred to St. John’s for
medical treatment— providing
a valuable link between their
own communities and Eastern
Health care providers.
The journey through our health
care facilities has many stages:
from tests to diagnosis — to
treatment to the return home
— and ultimately, hopefully, the
road back to health. The road to
recovery also stretches from the
busy corridors of a city hospital to the wide open spaces
in places like Conne River or
Photo Copyright © 2014 Nunatsiavut
The inuksuk, a stone figure in
the shape of a human being, is
one of the most powerful symbols of the Inuit culture. It is
used as a navigational tool- to
show direction- and is a welcome sight to travelers making
their way through a forbidding or
unfamiliar landscape.
The traditional meaning of the
word inuksuk is “you are on the
right path” or “someone was
Katie Dicker, senior Aboriginal patient
navigator with Eastern Health.
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Katie Dicker, Eastern Health’s
senior patient navigator, works
towards guiding Aboriginal
patients down the right path
within the health care system.
As a member of the Nunatsiavut
Government, and one of the first
individuals involved in the implementation of the APN program,
Katie understands the different
needs of Aboriginal patients.
“Before coming here, I was
exposed to the challenges in
Aboriginal health care, in my
own personal and professional
experiences,” Katie says. “So I
understand how some patients
feel completely lost when they
get here. That’s where we come
in— to work as liaisons, and be
there for them from beginning to
“Every day is different— different patients, different needs.”
Aboriginal patient navigators do
a number of things to help their
patients feel more at ease in the
hospital setting:
they provide referral, advocacy
and support to Aboriginal patients to help them access the
most appropriate health care
and community services;
they arrange services for clients’
if they require interpretation
in their own language— InnuAimun and Inuktitut— to make
sure they understand the care
they are given;
they escort patients to medical
Bridging the Divide: The Aborig- Winston White
inal Patient Navigator Program Fondly
care. On October 10, 2012, the
Health Council of Canada inand they make recommendations for, and assist with, accommodations, discharge
planning, and access to medical
vited representatives of the APN
program to speak at a national
symposium, in Toronto, Ontario,
to share and promote the efforts
behind their innovative practice.
While national recognition is a
positive thing, Katie and Solomon measure their success
by the impact their program is
having on those who depend on
Solomon Semigak, an Aboriginal
patient navigator with Eastern Health.
Solomon Semigak is another
Eastern Health Aboriginal patient navigator, from Makkovik,
NL. Through his experience
working with the APN program,
Solomon has developed an appreciation for the challenges Aboriginal patients face when far
from their homes and families.
“We emphasize the importance
of Aboriginal traditions and
values,” says Solomon. “It is
because of this that our patients
are forever grateful for what we
do— that is a great feeling.
Helping Aboriginal patients with
their needs is a very rewarding
Eastern Health’s Aboriginal
navigation service is drawing
attention across the country
for its integrated approach to
Helping upward of 50 to 80 patients a month, Katie and Solomon share many fond memories
with their patients, though it is
the words of one patient that are
particularly memorable:
“Nakummek ilitsinut suliakagatse tamane. Ikajugatse Inukatinet. Pitsiagusuagitse.” (Inuktitut)
In English, this means, “Thank
you both for working here,
because you are helping your
people. Keep doing the best you
Do you or someone you know
require assistance from an Aboriginal Patient Navigator? For
more information, contact Katie
Dicker, Eastern Health’s senior
patient navigator, at (709) 7772199 or e-mail: [email protected]
Written by Samantha Flynn, a
co-operative education student
with Eastern Health.
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Nunatsiavut President Sarah
Leo says Labrador will always have a special place for
Winston White, just as he has
had for his native land.
“Winston was a true son of
Labrador,” she says. “He was
a well-known figure throughout the region, particularly
Nunatsiavut, and was very
passionate about Labrador
and especially his Inuit roots.”
Mr. White passed away on
June 13, 2014 following a
battle with cancer. He was
A former broadcaster, writer,
author and community activist, Mr. White previously
worked as Director of Communications with the Labrador Inuit Association, playing
an integral communications
role leading up to the initialing
of the Agreement-in-Principle
for the Labrador Inuit Land
Claims Agreement.
Mr. White is also credited with
coining the phrase “The Big
Land”, in reference to Labrador.
“Winston had a deep connection with his father’s
homestead, a place he would
frequent from time to time,”
Winston White Fondly Remembered
notes President Leo. “In fact, he was a strong advocate for having the homestead declared as a heritage site and, at one time, was actively pursuing interested parties to make it a reality.
“On behalf of the Nunatsiavut Government and Labrador Inuit, I want to extend deepest condolences
to Winston’s family and many friends,” adds the President. “He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.”
Donations in Winston’s memory may me made to the Winston Churchill White Memorial Scholarship
- Memorial University of Newfoundland c/o Office of Alumni Affairs, 20 Lambe’s Lane, St. John’s, NL
A1C 5S7 or through their website:
Dental Surgery Grad Getting Back to Roots
Inuit woman says she wants
to give back to community
As one of few Inuit women to
obtain a doctor of dentistry,
Stacey Shiwak may very well
become known as the tooth
fairy in coastal Labrador
Photo Copyright © Photo by Danny
The 41-year-old single mother
from Happy Valley-Goose
Bay is about to embark upon
a stage in her life she’s been
working towards for almost 20
years — providing access to
oral care for children along the
coast of Labrador.
She convocated Friday afternoon at Dalhousie University
in Halifax from the doctor of
dental surgery program and
is ready to wage war on tooth
“In general, it’s the most common chronic disease in children today and this affects an
individual’s growth and development as well as their attitude
toward health as an adult,” Shiwak told The Telegram Friday
as she hurried around her
room getting prepared for the
“Historically, the communities in
Nunatsiavut had limited access
to dental care, which is core
in reducing the disease,” she
In 2012, Health Canada and
the First Nations Governance
Information Centre released
the First Nations Regional
Health Survey. It identified
several priority health issues
for First Nations communities,
including: 40 per cent have
persistent oral pain, 55
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per cent brush teeth daily compared to 74 per cent of non-Aboriginal Canadians, 23 per cent
have untreated root caries (decay and crumbling) compared to
seven per cent of non-Aboriginal
Canadians, 44.7 per cent have
calculus (tartar) compared to
10.7 per cent of non-Aboriginal
Canadians and 39 per cent have
no access to oral health care.
Over the past 10 years, Shiwak
said, efforts from people such as
Michelle Kinney, Deputy Minister
of Health and Social Development for the Nunatsiavut Government, have resulted in dentists being hired to periodically
service the Inuit communities to
create stability in oral care in the
population. It has met with some
success, she said.
Messages left by The Telegram
for the Nunatsiavut government
were not returned.
“We have people in Nunatsiavut
who have been trying to increase
access to dental care because it
was lacking for a very long time.
Dental surgery grad getting back to roots
And I’m a part of this as well.
I have a return-in-service contract withthem, so I will be going
back home and servicing three
of the communities along the
coast of Labrador — Rigolet,
Postville and Makkovik,” she
But Shiwak is quick to point out
that, contract or not, coastal
Labrador is where her roots are
and it is where she wants to
be. Both her parents are from
Rigolet, but she and her siblings
were born in Happy ValleyGoose Bay.
She left home at the age of 23
to complete the dental therapy
program, which she graduated
from in 1998. After a short time
working, she went back to Dalhousie to do the dental hygiene
program. She graduated in
At that time, Shiwak told her
family she wasn’t ready to stop
there. For the next 10 years —
between working and school
— she persevered to reach her
“The fact I’ve done 12 years
post-secondary education is
actually a really great feeling,
to be able to take that and to
return home and be able to give
something back to my community after all these years,” she
“I miss the lifestyle. I miss my
family. I fully enjoy the coast of
Labrador. The people are wonderful and it’s such rewarding
work. I’m coming back to the
things I love the most,” she said.
girl she knew she wanted to do
something to help people. Her
late Aunt Carroll helped her find
her way to dentistry, she said.
“I’ll be hunting and fishing, going
to the cabin, out on the Ski-Doo
in the winter, ice fishing. My dad
takes me hunting. Fresh wild
meat, the traditional way of life
and being near my family is so
close to my heart,” Shiwak says
when asked what she misses
She said her aunt told her about
the dental therapy program
and from there she did some
research, applied for the program, got accepted, graduated,
practised up north, went back to
school and hasn’t looked back.
Most of her family was able to
fly into Halifax for her convocation, but her mom had to stay
home because of an illness.
Shiwak said she will send lots
of photos and video to her mom
back home.
Her dad, one of her sisters, two
nieces and her 18-year-old son
were by her side for the special
“I would eventually like to end
up with my own dental clinic in
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and
improve access to dental care
in the region, and in conjunction
with that continue to travel the
coast. It’s my home. It’s who I
am. It’s part of me,” said Shiwak, who will return to Labrador
June 28.
“It’s something I would like to
continue with until I’m too old to
do it,” she said, laughing.
Shiwak said that even as a little
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“Through school and work, it really dawned on me that I found
my calling. I never swayed from
that decision from that point
on and everything I’ve done
since is to be here today,” said
Shiwak, who has practised in
Nunavut, Nain and Conne River
over the years.
She said believing in yourself
and not being afraid is key to
getting where you want to be.
“It is so important. I always
thought you work from the inside out. You have to have courage, ambition (and) motivation
to go after your dreams, and
by accomplishing that you may
inspire others,” Shiwak said.
“When you are able to inspire
others, including single moms, it
feels great, and we need to encourage our children to pursue
their dreams.”
Written by Bonnie Belec, as previously published in “The Telegram” on May 24, 2014.
Artist Profile
The Blake Sisters
Tabitha and Sherry
Blake performing at
Nunatsiavut Day celebrations in St. John’s,
“The Blake Sisters” is a group of
Inuit whose home town is Rigolet, Nunatsiavut. They are the
daughters of Bertha and William
Blake. The sisters currently
reside in St. John’s, NL. The
Blake Sisters began performing
as a group around four years
ago. From oldest to youngest
they are Brenda, Josephine,
Sherry and Tabitha. Before the
group was formed, each sister
followed different paths in learning more about their Inuit heritage. Some took language lessons, researched old traditions
online, spoke to Elders, but all
joined an Inuit Drum Group. It
was through the drum group
that they were introduced to the
Kilaut and throat singing. At that
point a love of the art was born!
The girls learned the basic
methods of throat singing from
the drum group but furthered
their skills by listening to cd’s
and videos online. This allowed
them to learn different techniques of throat singing and
helped in broadening their skills.
The Blake Sisters initially start-
ed out with a local drum group,
but branched out delivering programs at such places as “The
Room’s Corp” in St. John’s, NL.
The program allowed the girls to
become more in tune with their
culture and developed each sister’s skills sets, which helped to
further the group’s success.
The sisters also sing in their
native tongue, Inuktitut. The
love of singing comes natural to
Sherry; she sets the tones for
the rest to follow. The girls give
a lot of credit to their former-fellow drum group members since
it was they in part who awakened and instilled a joy and love
of their Inuit heritage.
The Blake Sisters have performed in a variety of capacities
which include: conferences,
social functions and fundraising events. Some of their past
performances include a “Land &
Sea” TV episode called “Heartbeat”; a drum making and throat
singing workshop at Ecole
Des Grands-Vents; The IAWP
conference (The International
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Association of Women’s Police);
and are also featured on the
“Hey Rosetta” album Seeds in
the song “Parson Brown” throat
singing, to name a few.
The Blake Sisters say that “to
be a part of the group makes
us proud and honored as not
only do we get to showcase our
traditional Inuit culture, but we
get to provide a service and instill some knowledge and allow
others to get a glimpse of what
it’s like to be Inuit. We hope to
keep broadening the audiences’
knowledge on what our unique
culture has to offer. The more
we learn and grow as Inuit, it
makes us realize how lucky and
privileged we are to be one of
few people in the world to call
ourselves Inuit! It is this knowledge that will be passed on to
our future generations and will
ensure our traditions remain
alive and well.”
Through the sharing of their culture they continue to follow the
ways of their ancestors.
Artist Profile
The Blake Sisters
Josephine, Sherry, Tabitha and Brenda
Brenda, Josephine, Sherry and Tabitha
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St. John’s Native Friendship Centre’s National
Aboriginal Day Celebrations 2014
On June 21st the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre once again celebrated National Aboriginal Day.
This day is one that we look forward to every year; it gives us the opportunity to share Aboriginal
culture with the entire community in ways that bring the entire city together. This year marked the first
time the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre hosted the majority of the celebrations at a larger venue,
and with all the extra space it was a tremendous success.
Throughout the day people were treated to Inuit Drumming, Hand Drumming, Men’s Drumming, traditional dancing and singing, crafts and much more. By the end of the day, over 250 participants attend
the sunrise ceremony and breakfast, as well as the main event in the afternoon. The St. John’s Native
Friendship Centre would like to thank all the community members, volunteers and guests who truly
make this event a success every year and we look forward to even more success in the future.
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St. John’s Native Friendship Centre’s National
Aboriginal Day Celebrations 2014
Welcoming Tama back to the
Canadian Constituency Office
I am very happy and honoured to be back at the Canadian Constituency Office on a casual basis
full time for the Summer, and will be moving to a part time schedule in the Fall.
Please note that I have recently taken a new last name (Ball) and my new email is:
[email protected]
I’m looking forward to working with you all again!
-Tama Ball
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Public Announcement Board
New and Imporoved
Nunatsiavut Government
As you may be aware, the
Nunatsiavut Government has
recently launched its new and
improved website. This website
is very user friendly, and is capable of being used on mobile
devices including smartphones
and tablets. Please visit the new
site to familiarize yourself with
the new layout.
AnânauKatiget Tumingit
On behalf of the staff and beneficiaries of the NG, we would
like to thank Joan Andersen for
her hard work and dedication
while she served as the Execitive Director of AnânauKatiget
Tumingit. We wish you all the
best in your future endeavours.
In addition, we would like to
welcome Charlotte Wolfrey as
the new Exective Director of
AnânauKatiget Tumingit as of
June 30, 2014. Also, a special
thank you to Charlotte Wolfrey
for her hard work while serving
as AngajukKak of Rigolet.
Special Happy Birthday greetings go out to our sister, Harriet
Nochasak (Jr). Harriet’s birthday is on June 25th, 2014, who
resides in Lethbridge, AB.
Special Happy Birthday to our
beautiful niece, Stacey Rice.
Her birthday is on June 24,
2014. She is living in Natuashish, with her gorgeous panik,
Theresa-Mae and Amos Pijogge.
To our innik, Eric Jararuse...
Happy Birthday to you when it
comes on June 30th, 2014. He
lives in Belleville, On
From Tama Jararuse-Henry
Thinking of all my family members far and wide in God’s
beautiful creation when August
25, 2014 comes. It will mark
one year since our daddy, Lude
Jararuse passed away. We all
miss you so terribly, daddy. Say
atsunai to our mommy, Theresia
Jararuse from all of us and to
our anansiak, Harriet Nochasak Sr. Ataatangai, Lude. Nagligivaget.Blessings to everyone
and nakummek.
Tama and Carl Henry
Lilly Jararuse and her three children: Nicodemus Jararuse and
his son, Nicodemus (Jr)
Jacko Jararuse and his wife
Alice and their five children
Hulda and Dave Rice and Stacey. Plus ingutatsuk TheresaMae. Harriet Nochasak, Jr, Dougald Nochasak, and Theresa
Madl and her panik Autumn.
Atsunai to my atsasuk, Elizabeth Ittulak. Love you so much.
She is in Nain.
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Hello to my Aunt Clara and
Uncle Willie Ford in Makkovik.
To Uncle Paul And Aunt Eva
Nochasak in Nain. Also to Eli
and Hulda Merkuratsuk in Nain.
Cannot forget my Aunt Henny
(Henrietta Obed) in Goose Bay.
Also to Boas Jararuse.
Love from Tama Jararuse-Henry
and my angutik, Carl. xoxoxo
Happy Birthday Greetings to
Jesse Palliser in Dartmouth, NS
for his birthday on August 17th,
Lotsa Love from Aunt Teresa &
Happy Birthday Greetings to
my Son-in-Law Chris Nicholas
in Halifax, NS. From Teresa &
Happy Anniversary Greetings
to my Daughter Frances Palliser and Chris Nicholas who
got married on August 22, 2009!
Wishing you many more wonderful years!
Greetings from Teresa & Merrigan!
Congratulations to Cassandra
(Cassie) Ann Saunders, who
graduated from Concordia University in Edmonton, May 10,
2014, with her degree Bachelor
of Arts.
Public Announcement Board
Congratulations (continued)
Cassie will continue her education this fall when she attends
University Of Alberta to obtain
her degree in Secondary Education. We are very proud of
you. Dad, brother Roland and
your son ,Griffin
Happy Anniversary
Happy 46th Wedding Anniversary wishes to Max and
Mary Winters in Happy Valley
- Goose Bay. Here’s to many
more happy years, love Marlene, Greg and Aidan, Maxene
and Cecil, Leanne, Derek and
Adam, and John Paul, Erin,
Joanne, Jeremy and Ethan.”
A Special Thank You
The family of the Late Ruth
Christine Winters would like to
extend gratitude to staff, board
members, general members,
and volunteers of the St. John’s
Native Friendship Centre for
the Memorial Service for Ruth
held on Friday, May 30th at the
Friendship Centre. Special
thanks to Susan Onalik, Breannah Tulk, Amelia Reiner, Emma
Rellis, Jennele Duvall, Rebecca
Sharr, Stacey House, Madonna
and Angela. It was a difficult oc-
casion but our pain was eased
by the beautiful service. Thank
you to all who came out to help
us remember our daughter,
sister, aunt and friend, Ruth. A
special thank you extended to
the late Rick Lambe’s family,
Ruth’s late husband.
From the family of Ruth Winters.
The CCO would like to send
condolences to the family and
friends of the late Winston
White, Dylan Pottle, Elaine
Sparkes, Jean Williams and Ted
Ches Crosbie Barristers
Chesley F. Crosbie, Q.C
Master of the Supreme Court
169 Water Street
St. John’s, NL A1C 1B1
Misses Country
A Business by Tammy Pottle
[email protected]
(709) 579-4000 Ph
(709) 579-9671 Fax
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Head Office
Nunatsiavut Government
Address Book
Nunatsiavut Government
19 Sandbanks Road
Nain, NL A0P 1L0
Tel: 709.922.2942
Toll Free: 1.866.922.2942
Email: [email protected]
Registrar’s Office
Don Dicker Sr.
Registrar of Beneficiaries
Tel: 709.922.2942 ext 251
Fax: 709.922.2863
Email: [email protected]
Ashley Edmunds
Membership Clerk, Ext. 226
Email: [email protected]
Sheila Angnatok
Filing Clerk, Ext. 271
Tel: 1.866-922-2942 Fax:
Email: [email protected]
Regional Offices - Community
Liaison Officers
Joe Dicker
Nunatsiavut Government
Nain, NL A0P 1L0
Tel: 709.922.2942 ext. 222
Fax: 709.922.2931
Email: [email protected]
Ethel Hunter
Nunatsiavut Government
Hopedale, NL A0P 1G0
Tel: 709.933.3777
Email: [email protected]
Brenda Colbourne
Nunatsiavut Government
Postville, NL A0P 1N0
Tel: 709.479.9880
Email: [email protected]
Carol Gear
Nunatsiavut Government
Makkovik, NL A0P 1J0
Tel: 709.923.2364
Fax: 709.923.2366
Email: [email protected]
Paula Mclean-Sheppard
Nunatsiavut Government
Rigolet, NL A0P 1G0
Tel: 709.947.3383
Email: [email protected]
Ataomie Blake
Community Liaison Officer &
Provider of Promotional Items
Nunatsiavut Government
1A Hill Crest, P.O. Box 909, Stn “B”
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
Tel: 709.896.7359
Fax: 709.896.7340
Email: [email protected]
Divisions and Other Groups
Nunatsiavut Department of Health
Social Development
200 Kelland Drive, P. O. Box 496,
Stn. C
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P
Tel: 709.896.9750 Fax:
Toll Free: 1.866.606.9750
Torngâsok Cultural Centre
P.O. Box 430, Nain, NL A0P 1L0
Tel:709.922.2942 Fax:709.922.2863
Email: [email protected]
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Post Secondary Student Support
95 LeMarchant Road, Suite 203
St. John’s, NL A1C 2H1
Tel: 709.754.2587 Fax:
Toll Free: 1.877.777.2589
Email: [email protected]
Labrador Inuit Youth Division
P.O. Box 430, Nain, NL A0P 1L0
Tel: 709.922.294 Fax:
Email: [email protected]
Inuit Pathways
P. O. Box 116, Makkovik, NL
A0K 1J0
Toll Free: 1.877.923.2171
Fax: 709.923.2347
Email: [email protected]
Tama Ball
Canadian Constituency Officer
Nunatsiavut Government
95 LeMarcahnt Road, Suite 203
St. John’s, NL A1C 2H1
Tel: 709.754.2097 Fax: 709754-2364
Toll Free: 1.877.754.2097
Email: [email protected]
The Fish Depot
Penelope Shanahan, Beneficary,
is the owner of the Fish Depot in
St. John’s. The Fish Depot offers
plenty of seafood such as: cod fish,
shrimp, scallops, squid and salmon
The Fish Depot
369 Duckworth Street
St. Johns’s, NL
Phone: 709.722.9692

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