Monthly Archives: July 2009

Recently

Well, I’ve been here at Them Days for nearly a month now! I can’t believe how fast the time went. Last time you heard from me, I was still working on the calendar, and the new issue was just getting here.  Since then, I’ve finished the calendar, and I gotta say… it looks fantastic! I’m pretty excited about all the different photos from all around Labrador. From Okak down to Point Amour, each different area of the Big Land has a few great photos in the 2010 calendar. Make sure you pick one up (or two, or ten…) when they’re available.

I’ve also been scanning a lot of negatives lately. Right now I’m working on the Cape St. Charles/Battle Harbour/Mary’s Harbour area. It’s really neat to be able to see what the past actually looked like (and in such good quality, thanks to an awesome scanner). It’s been really interesting to be doing this particular area, as well. While I’m waiting for the  negatives to scan, which does take a fairly long time, I am transcribing interviews that Aimee did on her trip to the South Coast. The interview I’m currently transcribing was with a man from Mary’s Harbour so the negatives that I’m scanning at the same time really bring it all together. It’s very interesting work, I gotta say.

That’s about it really. I had my first encounter with a spider here in the building just then. It was HUGE. I wish I had a camera so I could post a picture of it.  It was too big to squish, the mess would have been way too difficult (and disgusting) to clean up. I was trying to trap it on a piece of paper to bring it outside but it kept running away from me. I’ve never seen such a fast spider in my life. Maybe it was an Olympic runner in a past life…

Until next time! Enjoy the long weekend, everybody 🙂

Amy

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Lydia Campbell celebrated

Sketches of Labrador Life - Lydia Campbell

Sketches of Labrador Life - Lydia Campbell

Reporting live from the Lydia Campbell building…..

I never thought I’d be copying and pasting a press release to this blog, but there’s a bit of a buzz on the go today. Lydia Campbell was declared “a person of national historic significance” today by a federal minister. We all knew she was significant ’round these here parts for quite some time (Them Days published her Sketches of Labrador Life back in 1980, again in 1984 and a third time in a larger colour publication in a co-publication with Killick Press in 2000) but it was surprising to see her in the spotlight today.

Anyway, here’s the press release, which was apparently sent out yesterday but we didn’t hear about it ’til today.

Government of Canada celebrates the historical significance of Lydia Campbell
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, July 22, 2009–The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of Lydia Campbell, whom he designated a person of national historic significance, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
“I am happy to announce today the designation of one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most well-loved historical figures as a person of national historic significance”, said Minister Prentice. “Through designations such as this one, we are able to ensure that the legacy of extraordinary individuals such as Ms. Campbell continues for many years to come.”

Known as “Aunt Lydia” to generations of Labradorians, Lydia Campbell was of the first generation of Labradorians of English and Inuit parentage. She learned to read and write English from her father and was the first Labradorian to write a memoir of her life.

“This resourceful matriarch lived her entire life in Groswater Bay, rooted in both the English and Inuit cultures by making practical use of her mother’s traditional knowledge and the ways of her father, one of the first settlers in the region,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Minister for the Atlantic Gateway. “I am delighted to know that her contributions will forever be part of Canada’s network of recognized persons of historic significance.”

“Throughout her life, Lydia Campbell demonstrated how female indigenous skills were essential to European success in Labrador,” said Mr. Montague, leader of the Labrador Métis Nation. “Through her writing and the various oral accounts, she has given the people of Labrador knowledge of their early history, which has in turn affirmed our sense of identity.”

Her memoir, Sketches of Labrador Life by a Labrador Woman, represents the beginning of a literary tradition in Labrador that conveys history through autobiography. The historic work provides a pragmatic account of the daily lives, concerns, and beliefs of late 18th- and 19th- century Labrador, including elements of culture change among the Inuit and Innu as a result of colonial spread. It first appeared in print in 13 installments in The Evening Herald in St. John’s during the 1880s.

“Ms. Campbell is representative of many Inuit and part-Inuit women, not only in Labrador but throughout the North who, with links to both Inuit and European traditions, took on the role of cultural mediators”, said the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. “Through her designation as a Person of National Historic Significance, we celebrate the many contributions of Canada’s Aboriginal women to our country’s rich history.”

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board is supported by Parks Canada, which works to ensure that Canada’s historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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Web Site Update

themdays.com will be going through some server stuff in the next little while, so if you find that it’s inaccessible, please be patient with us as we transition! I’m doing my best to keep the website up, but there’s always a chance that things will go funny.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Aimee

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New Retailers

Issue 33.2 - in stores now!

Issue 33.2 - in stores now!

As Amy mentioned in her last blog entry, issue 33.2 is out in the world! I am so excited! So if you’re waiting for it to come in the mail, it should be in your mailbox soon.

What’s also exciting is that we have seven new retailers in Labrador. That means seven more communities will have Them Days available in local stores! I’d like to take a virtual moment to thank these new retailers for becoming a part of the Them Days family. So if you’re looking for a Them Days magazine and you live near one of these stores, stop by and find it there!

Our new retailers are (in alphabetical order):

BNL Enterprises – Red Bay
North Coast Hospitality (Lesley’s Take Out) – Postville
P & K Sports & Automotive – Port Hope Simpson
Riverlodge Hotel – Mary’s Harbour
St. Lewis Enterprises – St. Lewis
T & S Variety – Black Tickle
White’s Variety – Natuashish

If you’re looking for a retailer in another community, check out the retailer listing on the main Them Days website.

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My Introduction

Hi there!

My name is Amy and I am the new summer student working here at Them Days. I just started on Monday, but I’m already really enjoying my time here. Just to tell you a bit about myself, I was born and raised here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. I graduated from Mealy Mountain Collegiate in 2008 and now I’m attending Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, studying music and math. In my spare time I love playing piano and guitar, bicycling, and hanging out with my friends and family.

So far here at Them Days, I’ve been helping put together the 2010 Calendar. Also, the new issue came in so we’ve all been busy packaging and mailing and sorting and counting… As of right now, all of the latest issue have been mailed and sent to retailers so keep your eyes peeled! It’s a great issue.

Kelly and Aimee are great to work with (though it does get a bit confusing with two Aimee’s/Amy’s around… phone calls especially!) and I look forward to the rest of the summer!

That’s it for now 🙂

Amy

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Welcome Amy!

Them Days has a new summer student and her name is Amy! That’s right, there’s now a couple of us in the office! At least we have different spellings so we can differentiate based on that.

I’ll let Amy introduce herself in her own blog post, but for now, here she is!

Amy in the library, working away.

Amy in the library, working away.

We’ve had quite a bit of excitement in the office lately. On Friday, Kelly found more retailers for Them Days, so you’ll be able to buy Them Days in more locations – hopefully one close to you! Friday was also the day we hired Amy. She started yesterday, which happened to be the day that we put some surplus equipment up for sale on a popular Goose Bay flea market group on Facebook. They were gone immediately! I couldn’t believe how quickly it went. It’s all making room for our new reading room, which will be very exciting to unveil…one of these days! Then a cousin of mine stopped in today. She’s from Makkovik, so I was very happy to see her! I hadn’t seen her since I was there in February.

The magazine is in Deer Lake right now, awaiting transportation to Goose Bay. When it comes in, we’re going to work hard on getting it out as soon as possible. It’s been slightly delayed by big loads of freight, but it should be here any day now!

Aimee

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