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NunatuKavut launched $1.5 million community fund

NunatuKavut has created a new fund for community groups like town councils, recreation committees, and not-for-profit groups. It's a 1.5-million-dollar pot for groups between Cartwright and Lodge Bay. Todd Russell is president of NCC.

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Seniors van service on hold until new vehicle can be purchased

The Labrador Friendship Centre is pumping the brakes on their Seniors' Van ride program until they raise enough money to purchase a new vehicle. CBC's Jonny Hodder spoke with the LFC's Jennifer Hefler-Elson and Jamie Jackman.

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New indigenous music show broadcasts in English and Inuktitut

Angus Andersen, host of First People, First Occupants, an all-indigenous music show on CHMR Radio in St. John's. Andersen is originally from Nain, but he's been living on the island for close to 20 years. He started the radio show just a few weeks ago.

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Premier Ball should give up Labrador Affairs portfolio, says opposition leader Paul Davis

Opposition leader Paul Davis believes the continued closure of the Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs office in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is proof it's time for Premier Dwight Ball to hand over the Labrador Affairs portfolio to another member of his cabinet.

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Striped bass showing up in Labrador

Striped bass aren't normally found this far north and that has people concerned for the health of salmon populations. Trish Nash is a Nunatukavut biologist and Todd Russell is the president of the NunatuKavut Community Council.

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Innu girls, women trek through Labrador wilderness

Seven girls and six women from Natuashish have completed a gruelling walk through the Labrador interior. On Saturday, their community will celebrate.

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Retired U.S. Air Force veteran spends his days rebuilding Labrador's history

Sixty years after arriving in Labrador as a 17 year old U.S. Air Force recruit, Elmer Lakata dedicates his time to rebuilding the history and culture of North West River with hand-built mechanical dioramas. Lakata spoke with CBC's Jonny Hodder.

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Happy Valley-Goose Bay Recyclers

After working on a radio series devoted to recycling in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, CBC's John Gaudi decided to put his research into action. He helped create HV-GB Recyclers, a grassroots recycling program. Chris Griffin helps sort through what's collected.

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Labrador farmer says government hurdles impede agricultural growth

Tom Angiers says regulatory hurdles and a lack of government support make it difficult for farmers in Labrador to grow their business. Angiers operates Spruce Meadow Farms and Petting Zoo in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where he spoke with CBC's Jonny Hodder.

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Lab City council wants to delay municipal election

The town of Labrador City has asked the department of municipal affairs for permission to hold off on elections. Mayor Karen Oldford says residents need more time to consider amalgamation with neighbouring Wabush.

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Lawyer for residential school survivors optimistic about potential apology from federal government

Lawyer Steven Cooper is hopeful residential school survivors in this province will receive an apology from the federal government. Cooper met with Ottawa officials and survivors in Happy Valley-Goose Bay last week. He spoke with CBC's Katie Breen.

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Brooklyn Wolfrey heading to World Dwarf Games

Brooklyn Wolfrey, 9, is on her way from Rigolet to Guelph to compete in and preform at the World Dwarf Games.

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Lawyer for residential school survivors in NL discusses federal apology

A meeting discussing an apology is being held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Thursday among federal officials, and residential school survivors and their lawyer, Steven Cooper.

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Lisa Dempster is the new minister for children, seniors and social development

The MHA for Cartwright-L'anse au Clair joins cabinet at a time when the foster care system is under intense scrutiny in Labrador.

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Innu elder Elizabeth Penashue to receive new tent from Sheshatshiu band council

The Sheshatshiu band council has stepped in to replace Elizabeth Penashue's traditional Labrador tent which was destroyed in a fire two weeks ago. Penashue and her daughter, Kanani Davis, spoke with CBC's Jonny Hodder.

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Happy Valley-Goose Bay's Matt Pike cycling across Canada

Matthew Pike is about to do something incredible. In just a few days, he will complete a cross-country bike ride in St. John's. He started in British Columbia, and pedalled his way east, all the while raising money for Children's Wish Foundation.

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Canadian Senators want Learning, Flowers, and Davis released from jail

Five senators signed an open letter calling for the release of three protesters who were taken into custody after they refused to promise not to interfere with the Muskrat Falls project. Kim Pate is one of the Senators who signed that letter.

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James Poker and Kirby Mistenapeo: parents want boys' stories heard at upcoming foster care inquiry

James Poker and Kirby Mistenapeo were from the same small Innu community and were around the same age when they died. Their parents want the circumstances around their deaths heard at an upcoming inquiry.

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Healthy Waters Labrador responds to criticisms, provides update on Birch Island Restoration project

Healthy Waters Labrador is overseeing a million dollar restoration project at the Birch Island walking trail. But some residents say the project is restricting access to the popular area. HWL's Marina Biasuttia-Brown speaks with CBC's Jonny Hodder.

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'It's just all black soot': Fire near Happy Valley-Goose Bay destroys Innu elder Elizabeth Penashue's traditional tent

Respected Innu elder Elizabeth Penashue received some upsetting news last week when a mysterious overnight fire destroyed her traditional Labrador tent. CBC's Jonny Hodder spoke with Penashue and her daughter, Kanani Davis, at the site of the fire.

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What's missing from mental health care in Labrador?

A new group in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is looking for input on how to improve mental health care in Labrador. Pat Loder is an advocate for mental health and addictions and one the group members.

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Marjorie Flowers' stepdaughter speaks out about her jailing

Marjorie Flowers, Jim Learning, and Eldred Davis are all being held at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's. They're accused accused of breaking a court injunction barring them from blocking Muskrat Falls traffic and getting too close to the site.

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Labrador Straits road 'long past its expiration date', according to Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair MHA

Liberal MHA Lisa Dempster appeared on Friday's edition of Labrador Morning to address ongoing concerns about what residents are calling 'deplorable' road conditions in the Labrador Straits area.

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Kicking the summer heat: Soccer coaches in Happy Valley-Goose Bay call in fire department to keep kids cool

The Happy Valley-Goose Bay Minor Soccer Association held its annual Leicester City FC youth soccer camp this week. When temperatures hit 30 degrees on Tuesday, the coaches called in the local fire department to help kids cool down.

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Young people in Sheshatshiu want clean, sober elections

Innu Nation elections are less than a month away, and a group of young people in Sheshatshiu have a message for candidates: run a clean and sober campaign.

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Sheshatshiu wrestlers earn medals at North American Indigenous Games

It was a banner day for Team NL wrestlers at the North American Indigenous Games yesterday. The team is made of seven members, 3 girls, 4 boys. All 4 boys are from Sheshatshiu and 3 of them earned medals yesterday.

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Tacora Resources purchases Scully Mines assets

Tacora Resources President and CEO Matt Lehtinen says he hopes to have the mine in Wabush operational by this time next year.

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Combined Councils on roadwork in the Straits

Municipal leaders have asked the department of transportation to do some much-needed repairs this summer. Trent O'Brien is president of the Combined Councils of Labrador. He's been lobbying for repairs.

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Should the #MMIWG Inquiry continue? Charlotte Wolfrey of Rigolet weighs in

It's been one setback after another for the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, but Charlotte Wolfrey isn't giving up hope. She is part of the inquiry's family advisory circle.

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Labrador Athletes at the North American Indigenous Games

The 2017 North American Indigenous Games are underway in Toronto and about 150 people from this province are there for the event. Boas Mitsuk coaches the volleyball team.

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Trans Labrador Highway paving update

Transportation Minister Al Hawkins on paving contracts along the Trans Labrador Highway and what the department hopes to accomplish this year.

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Junior Canadian Rangers camp out at 5 Wing Goose Bay

Junior Canadian Rangers from 14 patrols all over Newfoundland and Labrador were stationed at 5 Wing Goose Bay last week for summer camp. The Rangers went canoeing, biking, shooting and topped it all off with a Canada-150 themed Amazing Race.

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Remembering Gwen Moores

After 17 years of service, a familiar face is missing from a Happy Valley-Goose Bay grocery store. Gwen Moores spent nearly two decades behind the cash register at Northmart and bringing smiles to the faces of co-workers and customers.

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Daycare crunch in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

There's a shortage of child care in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and for parents who work unusual hours, finding a daycare or babysitter is even tougher.

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Melville Mantas swimming into deep waters at 2017 North American Indigenous Games

A group of young Indigenous swimmers from Labrador are heading to Toronto later this month to compete in the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. CBC's John Gaudi caught up with members of the Melville Mantas on the deck of their swimming pool.

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Labrador Land Protectors group stages walk-in at NunatuKavut and Nunatsiavut offices in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

A group representing the Labrador Land Protectors staged a walk-in at the NunatuKavut and Nunatsiavut government offices in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on Monday. Organizer Denise Cole and participant Marjorie Flowers spoke with CBC's Jonny Hodder.

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Labrador-born artist Michael Massie talks art and Indigenous culture upon receiving the Order of Canada

Artist Michael Massie grew up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and rose to prominence for his work in the 1990s. He was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian and Indigenous culture. Massie spoke with CBC's Bailey white.

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Raising a family on the Arctic Ocean

Eric Brossier and his family spend their days navigating frigid Arctic waters, assisting international scientists with climate change research in their 47-foot boat, the Vagabond. CBC's Jonny Hodder met up with Eric at port in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

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Should the provincial government expand Innu childcare inquiry to include Inuit children as well?

Last week, the provincial government announced an inquiry into foster care for Innu children. CBC's Bailey White speaks with Natuashish community leader Mary Jane Edmonds and Nunatsiavut's Deputy Minister of Health & Social Development Michelle Kinney.

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Labrador City residents kicking up a stink over foul smelling water treatment plant

People in the Lakeside Drive area of Labrador City say the smell from the town's wastewater treatment plant is unbearable. Labrador City resident Gerry Beson speaks with CBC's Jonny Hodder and mayor Karen Oldford joins host Bailey White.

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Canada 150: Will you celebrate?

Indigenous people have been in this place a lot longer than 150 years, and many believe the founding of Canada did more harm than good. We'll talk to three indigenous women about whether they're celebrating Canada Day.

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Natuashish Chief John Nui on calls for a drug and alcohol crackdown

Some people in Natuashish want drug dealers and bootleggers kicked out of the community. Band Chief John Nui weighs in.

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Nunatsiavut Government's newest member opens downtown Toronto office

It's far away from the wilds of Labrador, but it's home to the Nunatsiavut Government's newest member, Edward Blake Rudkowski. He was elected as the ordinary member for the Constituency of Canada earlier this year.

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Combined Councils president reacts to AG report on road construction

The auditor general's report released Friday confirmed what cynics already knew: that road construction projects almost always go over budget and take longer than planned. Trent O'Brien, president of the Combined Councils of Labrador, weighs in.

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A Father's Day surprise for fishers in William's Harbour

When Corinna Russell's father died, she did something she wasn't sure he'd approve of, she took his place on the Northern Swan, a crab boat out of Williams Harbour. After a successful season, the crew decided to pay tribute to her father.

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Frank Pye tells stories about working as an ordained minister in Labrador

Frank Pye is a household name in the farming community in Labrador. What you might not know is, prior to owning and operating Grand River Farm, he worked as a church minister. He was ordained in 1965 and moved to Happy Valley-Goose Bay three years later.

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Second candidate comes forward to run for HV-GB mayor

There is officially a race now for mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. A second candidate announced this week. George Andrews will join Tony Chubbs on the ballot.

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Coaxing students back to Mushua Innu Natuashish School

A 2014 report commissioned by the Innu Education board showed students in Natuashish were lagging behind others in behind others in Newfoundland and Labrador, but staff are working hard to close the gap.

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A night at Natuashish's Innu Gym

For kids in Natuashish, the Innu Gym is more than just a place to play volleyball or hockey, it's a haven. Kids come in droves desperate for something to do. Organizers are happy because it means they're not out on the streets getting in trouble.

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Capt. Lester Powell retires after a 44-year career as a pilot

Lester Powell retired after a 44-year career as a pilot. His daughter, Lisa Dempster, greeted him at the hanger when he landed as an Air Labrador pilot for the last time. His retirement coincided with Air Borealis taking over flights to coastal Labrador.

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'Killing our youth': Mary Jane Edmonds on drugs, alcohol, and healing in Natushish

A community leader in Natuashish says it's time to get tough on bootleggers and drug dealers. Mary Jane Edmonds says there needs to be a crackdown.

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First candidate for HV-GB mayor comes forward

Happy Valley-Goose Bay town councillor Tony Chubbs talks about why he decided to run to replace mayor Jamie Snook, who won't be on the ballot again.

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New airline, Air Borealis, takes over flights to coastal Labrador

The Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, Innu Development Limited Partnership and PAL Airlines joined forces to launch a new venture, Air Borealis. Clint Davis is the Chair of NGC's Board of Directors. Chris Webb is the President and CEO.

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Climbing food prices in Nain spur protest

About 35 people in Nain came out to protest high food prices at the Northern store. They met with Premier Dwight Ball to ask for him to step in.

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Rigolet company attends Labrador Expo trade show for the first time

Exhibitors set up booths at the Labrador Expo trade show in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Eldred Allen owns Bird's Eye Inc., a drone company based in Rigolet that opened in April of last year. This is the first time he's been to the trade show.

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James Igloliorte to lead reconciliation efforts for residential school survivors in NL

The residential schools lawsuit is finally over and survivors are starting to see compensation. But there's more to reconciliation. James Igloliorte will act as Ministerial Special Representative, to lead commemoration and healing activities.

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Apenam Pone's dream coming true at new addictions centre

Kristin Sellon is Apenam Pone's daughter. She's also manager of the addictions program at Apenam's House. Amanda Rich is Pone's niece, and an alumus.

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Growing number of Indigenous women find themselves behind bars in NL

Labrador Inuk Beatrice Hunter is just the latest Indigenous woman to find herself in jail. Heather Jarvis is the program coordinator for the Safe Harbour Outreach Project with the St. John's Status of Women Council.

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Labrador-based book teaches kids how to deal with stray dogs

The province's former chief veterinarian is taking on stray dogs in a different way - with a pen. Hugh Whitney wrote Uapikun has a Question. Based in Natuashish and Sheshatshiu, the book teaches children how to stay safe around strays, in four languages.

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Bernard Chaulk is the oldest man living in North West River

Bernard Chaulk is the oldest man living in North West River. Born in 1929, he celebrated his 88th birthday on May 15th. He shared stories of hunting and trapping in Mulligan, working with geologists and even surviving a plane crash.

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Meet Happy Valley-Goose Bay residents going to extreme lengths for better water

For years now, people who live in Happy Valley have complained about their drinking water. Ed Mesher uses an electric distiller to clean his tap water. George Tooktashina drilled a well at his new home.

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Yarn bombing the NWR bridge

The bridge between Sheshatshiu and North West River was bombed - yarn bombed, that is. Karlie King, an artist from Saskatchewan, spent a few days transforming the bridge into a feast for the senses. She had some help from Innu elder Elizabeth Penashue.

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Grammy winning singer remembers growing up in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

You know Tim "Delious" Kennedy as 1/4 of 90s pop group All 4 One. But people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay know him as that kid on the playground. CBC's Alyson Samson was at the latest All 4 One show, and spoke to Delious about growing up in Labrador.

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Red couch tour visits Labrador

A bright red couch is touring across the country. Anyone who sits on it is invited to share what Canada means to them, good or bad. Videos of those testimonials will be posted on social media in celebration of Canada's 150 anniversary.

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Naclor's Jim Keating on Muskrat Falls and Mud Lake

As people head back to Mud Lake to begin the clean-up many of them still want to know if the Muskrat Falls project had anything to do with last week's flooding. Nalcor VP Jim Keating was in Happy Valley-Goose Bay over the weekend to meet with residents.

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Province wants to boost immigration

In March, the Newfoundland and Labrador government launched a new strategy to boost immigration to this province. It wants to increase immigration by 50 per cent, setting a target of 1,700 immigrants per year by 2022. Minister Gerry Byrne explains why.

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Newcomers to Labrador series, part 4

The NL government wants to boost immigration to the province. It's set a target of 1,700 immigrants per year by 2022. Sterling Peyton with the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce shares his thoughts on what newcomers bring to Labrador.

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Happy Valley-Goose Bay mayor Jamie Snook won't run in fall election

Municipal elections are coming up in September, and that means mayors and councillors right across the province are deciding whether to run again. In Happy Valley-Goose Bay, mayor Jamie Snook has made up his mind.

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D's Landing owners cleaning up after major flood damage

The owners of D's Landing convenience store and gas station are cleaning up after last week's flood. Darrelle Morris owns the store with her husband, Dave. She says they don't qualify for any relief programs to help pay for repairs or lost goods.

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