I’m very pleased to announce that the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre is participating in a pilot project this year to offer advanced polling (voting) at the Native Friendship Centre (716 Water Street)!! This is for the Federal Election.
We will be open for voting 10am-8pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this coming week.
That will be Oct. 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.
This station will be open for Special Ballots, which means if you’re in town and away from your home district, you can still vote for the candidates in your home district from this voting station!! (example, if you’re in St. John’s for a medical appt, you can vote at SJNFC for your Labrador candidates.)
Attached, please find 2 flyers that you are welcome (and encouraged) to share with your participants/clients/staff.
This polling station is meant to target the often under-represented Aboriginal vote, but this polling station is open to EVERYONE.
The first flyer is about voting at SJNFC (St. John’s Native Friendship Centre). The 2nd flyer is information on what types of ID are accepted for voting this year.
This polling station will ALSO be able to register voters on-site.
This is open to ALL voters!! You yourself are invited to vote here, as well as your friends and family.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Nakummek / Tshinashkumitin / Wela’lin / Thank you
Amelia Reimer, Cultural Support Worker
[and, for Elections Canada: Aboriginal Community Relations Officer]
St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
716 Water Street
St. John’s, NL A1E 1C1
This would be really handy. Alas, trying to make a clone right now would eat up too much precious time, and the whole idea of me needing a clone is to get more stuff done in a short period of time, so this would be kind of pointless.
In the meantime, enjoy this little video of the rain and leaves falling yesterday. I was just saying that it would be nice to take some photos while the trees are looking so beautiful, then we get this big downpour and so many leaves came off the trees. Sigh.
Them Days is closed today, Monday, September 7, for Labour Day. We will reopen tomorrow. Enjoy your holiday!
Well it’s that time again, my last day of work at Them Days! It’s been a quick 15 weeks here, the fastest summer yet! It actually feels like I just started working here. I’ve worked with some great people and had some good times (all while working very hard of course!) so I believe that’s why. I’ve been busy here and hope that I made it easier on everyone, and I hope I helped out those of you who visited our office, or read this blog. Thanks for reading, by the way! That’s all for me, Aimee will keep this blog goin’ strong so enjoy!
So this has been the third regatta I have been to with Them Days, and it was a great time! The weather was actually quite nice despite the rain, which waited to arrive until after our race was finished. There was quite the crowd this year, too! It seemed to be bigger than the last couple of years. The beach was lined with booths, providing lots of foods to eat. There was lots of commotion at Gosling Lake as people cheered on their favourite teams in the races. Kids were enjoying themselves as well. They had some races of their own on the beach in toy vehicles!
A big thank you goes out to Hector Blake for the nice vests he donated to us this year. You can see Robyn and Sandra sporting them in the picture above. When I say we had a good showing at the regatta this year it can refer to both our results and our look! As for the novelty race, we placed 4th out of 6 teams, just out of a medal spot. However it was a close race as John Gaudi, Sandra Hollett, Robyn Clark, Allan Bock, Amy Haby, and I made it a close 4th! This race was a bit shorter than last year’s race I believe. We padded around the safety boat, positioned just inside the 1st buoy on the course.
What a tiring race it was though, but a great one with great people! We missed Aimee though, she couldn’t make it this year. I encourage anyone to sign up in future years, it’s free, too! That’s all for today, thanks for reading!
So, St. John’s has officially had its worst July on record, but when I went out there at the end of June (I left on the first of July and missed the weather, haha!) it was actually fairly nice. Sunny. Not particularly hot, mind you, but I’m not much of a heat person anyway.
I’m on the executive of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA) and we were having our AGM on the 29th, so off I went to St. John’s. The ANLA AGM is always a good time. You get to meet other archivists (there is always so much joy in finding other people who understand your occupation and deal with the same things), and there’s always a fun activity–plus I get to see all the people I only see on Skype the rest of the year, so I look forward to it. I got back on the executive, yay!
The AGM was held in the Education Building at Memorial University, so this year’s fun activity was a tour of the on-campus archives. Our first stop was the Folklore and Language Archives. They just had a big renovation, so it was nice to see their brand-new facilities! Some of the original recordings of the first Them Days interviews are held here, so it was exciting to visit. Apparently, I was so excited, I only took one picture:
Yep. Mobile shelving. THESE ARE REALLY EXCITING–I’M NOT EVEN JOKING.
From there, we headed through the MUNnels and found our way to Archives and Special Collections. I was there back in March, so I’d been there before, but this time, I got to go behind-the-scenes and see inside the archives, not just the reading room. Wow! It was quite extensive.
From there we visited the English Language Research Centre. This was a pretty awesome visit for somebody who uses the Dictionary of Newfoundland English as much as I do! They’ve got a blog too, called Twig. When we were there, we got to see summer students steadily plugging away at their work (just like Wallace and Robyn are doing right now!) and a really cool, custom-made typewriter.
And we also went to the Maritime History Archive. I’d been there a couple of times before, most recently when I showed up with a suitcase and a log of moose bologna in tow, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. (Daphne was also there recently when she did the Basic Archives course, and she felt the same way.) The Maritime History Archive is home to some of the most impressive, enormous collections I’ve ever seen. They’ve got a big need for a new space (space restraints, leaks, asbestos restraints, etc.) and I hope they get it. Seriously, they’ve got holdings like you wouldn’t believe!
We ended our tour at the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive. I quite liked their cozy space, and I felt very studious just being there, and seeing all the med students working away in the Health Sciences Library!
After the tour, some members of the executive headed downtown for a pint or two. It was during this post-AGM excursion that I learned one of the other executive members is a big medievalist too. I was totally nerding out. It was fun!
While I was in St. John’s, I also popped around the bay and visited Charlie Pardy, who is originally from Cartwright and owned a store here in Happy Valley. You can read all about him in the most recent issue of Them Days! As always, Charlie was a delight to visit.
I left on July 1, which is, of course, not just Canada Day in this province. Before leaving, I went to the Memorial Day service downtown. It was the first time I’d done that, and I was glad to go and pay tribute to the soldiers.
Well it was that time of year again: Christmas! Just kidding. But Expo Labrador is always a nice treat when we manage to make it there. Them Days had a booth, so it was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate what we represent and for us to meet some new people.
This year, for our booth, Them Days brought along some old clothes for decoration, but also for anyone who wanted to come and try them on! We didn’t have many takers but we had some fun with it anyway. Our table also featured a prize draw, magazines and flags. We were happy to speak with anyone who happened to pass by.
Time went by quickly at Expo over the two days we were present. People were friendly and eager to speak with us, sharing their business interests but also personal ones! Us Them Days employees had a good time, and hope to attend future expos as well.
We hope everyone enjoyed their time at Expo as much as we did. Thanks for reading!