Meet Megan!

Hi everyone! Megan Harrington here and ready for a fun summer at Them Days Magazine! I just finished my 5th year at Memorial University as a Music Education student and I am looking forward to my final year in September. I am also doing a minor in Folklore, so when I found out I was going to be able to work at Them Days for the summer, I was beyond excited! My mom and I packed up the car and drove to Goose Bay all the way from Carbonear, Newfoundland so I can spend the summer with you guys!

I am a little late getting into this blog as I have already punched a great first week at the office! So far, I have been on a road trip to North West River with Janice and Bradley, participated in the Aboriginal Day Celebrations at the College of the North Atlantic on June 21, and enjoyed a weekend in my hometown of Labrador West for the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations!

On Friday, June 23 in Labrador West, I had the opportunity to join Janice in four very interesting interviews at the Gateway with Joan Stamp, Thomas Riggs, and Caroline Dobbin, as well as Gordon Parsons in his own home! We gathered information about both Labrador City and Wabush from a woman and a man’s perspective, what it was like being a female teacher in Labrador West, and insight on owning and working for a local newspaper! The following day, Saturday, June 24 was the Spirit of Labrador Celebrations at the Wabush Arena! Janice and I got up early and started setting up our booth at 9:00am as the event ran from 10:00-4:00. Our booth was very similar to our booth at the Aboriginal Day Celebrations, with clothes from earlier times and our snapchat filter that puts you on the cover of Them Days Magazine! I took lots of awesome pictures throughout the day and they are now posted on our Facebook page, so don’t forget to check it out!! We also had some Them Days books and post cards for sale and held a prize draw for a gift bag of Them Days Magazines (Congrats to our winner)!

It has been a busy, yet great first week, and I look forward to more exciting adventures with you guys this summer! 7 more weeks to go!!

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North West River and Snapchat GeoFilters- These are a few of my favourite things!

Yesterday was a dreary day…so we made a trip to North West River! We spent all morning in the office, Janice grabbed her keys, we piled in the vehicle and hit the road.

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Megan watching a Labrador Camp Fire Scene!

Upon arriving in North West River, we were greeted by Ernie Mclean at the Hudsons Bay Museum. This was Megan’s second time (ever) in North West River and was pretty excited to be returning. We spent a lot of time pressing the buttons of the interactive section of the museum. Ernie gave us a mini tour, told us stories about Myna Hubbard and the early days of North West River. The purpose of our trip was to grab a few (a lot of) costumes for Aboriginal Day and for the ladies’ trip to Labrador west this coming weekend!

For the 20th Aboriginal Day, we did something special- we made a Snapchat filter! For those of you who don’t know what Snapchat is: it’s a photo sharing app available on iPhone, Android and Blackberry. The app distributes photos to your other snapping friends in the form of 10 second long snaps or 24 hour long “Stories”. Within these snaps you are able to apply something called a “Filter” which, in our case, is the outline of our magazine cover. So when someone takes a photo of them

and their friends in our costumes or with their Innu Donuts, they temporarily become the next cover of Them Days Aboriginal Day 2017 Issue! All photos are able to be saved to your camera roll by pressing the “Download” button in the bottom left corner on your snap- and we want to see them! Send them to us on twitter, facebook and instagram by using the hashtag #ThemDays2017. The filter goes live at The College of the North Atlantic (and surrounding areas) at 4:00PM on June 21st 2017.  We’re excited to see your snaps!

Well folks, that’s another entry from me. If you see us at Aboriginal Day here in Happy Valley or over in Labrador City for Spirit of Labrador- come say hello! We’d be happy to assist you with your snapping, show you some photos and get yous dressed up ri’ cute.

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I’m Back!

Hello Everyone!
If you’ve read any blog entries from last summer, you know exactly who I am: the crazy summer student with a lot to say…and I’m back! I just completed a year of Tourism and Hospitality studies at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s. I’ve had a great, and extremely educational year. Originally, I had no plans of coming back to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the summer…but here I am…back for the summer. As soon as I found out that Them Days was hiring I couldn’t resist myself. I contacted Aimee, who contacted Janice and here I am. It’s needless to say that I’m happy to be back.

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Bradley, the very excited summer student with a lot to say, is back with Them Days!

When coming into Them Days this morning I was greeted by Janice followed by the warmest of hugs from Shirley. It feels like I haven’t left. As I do miss Anna, Abby, Brianna and Aimee, I’m certain that it’s going to be a very eventful, progressive and fun summer with Janice, Shirley and the other summer student who is joining us next week. We’ve already discussed how much is going to be happening in the next 8 weeks and we definitely have our work cut out for us!

I’m planning to be able to write weekly about announcements, progress updates and events that are going on with Them Days and in the community. Today, I’m starting out the summer by attending Expo Labrador. If you see this update before then- come and say hello!

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We’re Hiring!!!

Looking for a rewarding job and a great organization to work for? Then look no further. Them Days has three positions available – 2 student and one part-time temporary. See  job ads below.

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Easter Reflection

Easter is a great time of year here in Labrador. Families often get together to celebrate, communities host annual games and events, and of course, the Easter bunny brings yummy, yummy chocolate! To celebrate this holiday, here are a few of the Easter images from the Them Days archives.

Happy Easter!

Janice

P.S Them Days will be closed for the holiday Friday, April 14 and Monday, April 17. We’ll reopen on Tuesday, April 18.

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Easter Monday congregation on steps of the church. Makkovik, April 9, 1927. Alice Perrault collection.
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Shooting match at Easter. Cartwright. Una Saunders collection.

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Tug-o-war Easter game in Paradise River, 1978. Paradise River vs. Cartwright with Rev. Marsh as the referee. Herb Brown collection.

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Easter Communion Service. Hebron, 1901. Photo courtesy of Memorial University.

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by | April 13, 2017 · 2:02 pm

Them Days Annual General Meeting

Well it’s that time of year again when we host our Annual General Meeting. Now that may not sound too fine for a lot of people, but it’s very important to an organization like ours. And even more important is folks come out to attend the event.

This year, we have a few positions up for election on the board. And I can tell you this organization is a great cause to devote time to!

Hope to see you there,

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Them Days and the snow

The last two weeks here at Them Days has been anything but normal. Well, that’s what I’m assuming anyway since it’s only been three and a half months ago that I joined the team here.

It all goes back to the snow really. That’s what spiraled us into a small tizzy with the last issue (Vol. 41 No. 1) which was sent to the printers in record time, but took longer to get back to Happy Valley-Goose Bay than expected due to weather delays.

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International Women’s Day Luncheon, HVGB

The book was to physically be in the Them Days office before the week of March 8, International Women’s Day, as this issue is all about Labrador women. Come Monday morning, we still didn’t have the book, and were biting our nails right up until 10 am Wednesday when we were to unveil it at the Mokami Status of Women Council annual luncheon. (Thanks again Provincial Airlines for making sure our issue arrived in time for the event.)

Well, despite the waiting game, we were still rushed to get the books out to the public. It is a huge job to stuff over 300 magazines into envelopes, sort them, and deliver them to the post office, not to mention the parcels for retailers that all need packaging as well. Add to this equation there were 2.5 of us working on this job (I was the 0.5 as my mind was consumed with a trip I was taking to NYC the next morning), well it’s easy to understand how we had some slight errors with our mail out addresses. But no worries, we’re on top of it. If you haven’t gotten your last issue, we are working on it and you should receive it soon.

You would think that was the last of the snow woes, but not so. As mentioned above, I was headed to New York City for a personal trip, but thought I would try and do some Labrador research while there. I contacted the Grenfell Association of America to line up a meeting, and also learned of Labrador artifacts housed at the National Museum of American Indians in lower Manhattan. To say I was excited to see them is an understatement!

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Time Square, New York City

But Mother Nature had other plans and sent a “winter storm” our way. Now, what we classify as a storm in Labrador is quite different than what they call a storm in New York. But when you don’t plow the roads, scrap the sidewalks with window squeegees, and have no where to put the white stuff, everything pretty well comes to a halt.

Despite this, and the warnings to stay inside, my husband and I made our way through the slush, to the subway (where we were literally the only travellers!), and on to the museum. It’s probably important to note here as well that I had called before hand only to get a recording that said the museum never closes only on December 25. They should have also added on days when the city shuts down due to snow!

It was still a great trip, but it would have been neat to have an article in the next issue of Them Days all the way from NYC. Oh well, maybe next time I’ll get the chance. Until then, we have lots of material for the next issue from many wonderful contributors which is sure to be an even better read.

– Janice

 

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