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episodes: December 2012 Archives

A Vigil for Chief Theresa Spence

Posted by Tony Dawson

Last night, people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay gathered for a special night of prayer for Chief Theresa Spence. The First Nations leader has been on a hunger strike in Ontario for more than two weeks. She’s part of a national movement protesting the federal government’s omnibus Bill C-45. Many believe the bill puts aboriginal treaty rights and the environment under threat. The NunatuKavut Community Council organized the vigil. Kirk Lethbridge was there. He joins us by phone.

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So Many Words For Snow

Posted by Tony Dawson

You may have heard there are dozens of words in Inuktitut for snow. But Innu Aimun also has a rich winter vocabulary. Our reporter John Gaudi spent some time with two repected elders in Labrador. They told him about words for snow, and the stories they inspire. Sixty-one year old Bertha Holeiter is an Inuit elder living in Happy Vally-Goose Bay. Eighty-five year old Pien Penashue lives Sheshatshiu. Edward Nuna is interpreting for Pien Penashue.

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A Look at Fireworks Safety

Posted by Tony Dawson

Lots of people are busy making preparations to celebrate the New Year. Food, music, noisemakers are all part of it. And in recent years, so are fireworks. Lots of people ring in the new year with fireworks at the cabin or in their back yards. Using fireworks can be dangerous, and there are restricitions on buying them. To find out more about the rules, and for a few safety tips, Mike Power speaks with Labrador City fire chief, Joe Power.

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