Monthly Archives: June 2014

Office Space

Here at Them Days we have three offices. However, only two are regularly used so that means that the back office is used to store the archival material that hasn’t been filed away yet. Today, Aimee and I had a chance to chip away at the many piles of papers, magazines, books, binders, pictures, etc and we put a small dent in it! That’s quite an achievement.

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I wish I took a ‘before’ photo

 

One of the desks. If you look closely, you can actually see the tabletop

One of the desks. If you look closely, you can actually see the tabletop. ha!

It took a few trips to the archives and many glances through our finding aid but progress was made. Also, while working out back I noticed a couple of art pieces that Aimee dug up. They were quite interesting.

A beautiful but sad depiction of a child rescuing her elder. Unknown artist.

A beautiful but sad depiction of a child rescuing her elder. Unknown artist.

A simple piece showing someone who appears to be sealing. I hope it's not too controversial to show

A simple piece showing someone who appears to be sealing. I hope it’s not too controversial to show. Unknown Artist

If anyone knows who made either of these, please feel free to email us at themdays@themdays.com or by calling us at (709) 896 8531. As always, thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

-Wallace

 

 

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38.2 is out in the world!

Volume 38, Number 2!

Volume 38, Number 2!


The next issue of Them Days is out in the world! We delivered them to local stores yesterday, and they were put in the mail to subscribers Tuesday morning. I know they’ve already made their way to at least Halifax, so if you’re a subscriber, you should get your issue soon!

It’s a really great issue (if I do say so myself, haha!) so I hope you pick it up and have a good read!

Aimee

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Them Days at Expo

So get who bought a couple of magazines from Them Days at Expo?

The premier! Cool, hey? Good for Daphne and Wallace!

Sananguativut Nunatsiavut Visual Design had a photo booth just a couple of tables down from us, and check out the pictures! (I can’t ever resist a photo booth.)

Kerra and me

Kerra and me

Me and Theresa

Me and Theresa

We had a lot of fun at Expo, as you can tell. A few sales, and a nice bit of publicity! Thanks for coming by our booth!
Aimee

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Them Days at Labrador Expo 2014!

Them Days has settled into a booth at the Labrador expo. Basically we’re there to answer questions, sell merchandise and of course, check out the rest of the Expo. For those of you who are interested in Them Days merchandise, we have Labrador flags, Labrador flag windsocks, Coloring books for the kids, beautiful pictures of Labrador, as well as issues of Them Days magazines, all for sale. Plus, for some extra fun, we’re holding a draw, winner gets a ten pack of Them Days magazines, so drop by you could win.

Yesterday morning we went by to set up our booth, we learned what number our booth was and went searching for it. After lapping the arena twice, we managed to find our spot…that was incorrectly numbered. Oops 🙂 kind of funny though. In any case we managed to get ourselves set up comfortably and we returned in the afternoon. Aimee was nice enough to stay with the booth over our lunch break, and I came to keep her company at one.

What we saw at the Expo from our booth

What we saw at the Expo from our booth

Aimee and I both got the chance to look around on our own. On my right were giants of men, while I could look to my left and see women even shorter than I am. At everyone’s eye level however were the booths. They were professional, but at the same time, exciting, I’d expected suits and power point projects. Now there were suits with power point projects somewhere, but there was much more variety than just that as well.

Generous hand outs, like mini flashlights, notebooks, and enough pens to make your kitchen drawer cry with happiness. While I can’t speak for everyone that was there yesterday, I definitely know what caught my eye the quickest.

The simulator at Dexter institute. While I’m sure in their school it’s an important training tool, to the exhibit visitors, let’s face it, it was a really cool video game. I couldn’t resist playing. Surprisingly enough, the Dexter Institute exhibitor seemed impressed, and sounded sure that I’d played before. If didn’t love writing I’d probably pick up a trade. Something about heavy machinery makes a girl feel in control.

If I didn't love writing...

If I didn’t love writing…

Of course, it wasn’t the only thing out there, I got the best little notebook from Nalcor as a handout. Not to mention the very generous swag bag the exhibitor’s got right at the beginning. I got the coolest mug in that thing, not to mention a new stylus pen.

One of my favorites

One of my favorites

Most of our time was spent at the booth though, although we didn’t manage to sell much on the first day, today’s a new day, who knows who’ll show up. Be sure to visit, it’s a lot of fun.

Kerra Quigley from Them Days

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National Aboriginal Day!

Tomorrow marks  the celebration of National Aboriginal Day! I can’t believe a year has passed by already. At the last celebration I had the chance to meet both old and new friends, but that seems so recent. National Aboriginal Day was proclaimed to be an annual celebration by the Governor General of Canada, Roméo-Adrien LeBlanc, back in 1996 after the first celebration.  However, the Assembly of First Nations really drove to make this day an annual celebration beforehand. Their work started back in 1982, and came into fruition in 1996 (Information taken from the National Aboriginal Day History Pamphlet, link below).

http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/R32-179-2000E.pdf

But enough about history, we here at Them Days hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow, as we do every day.  Be sure to partake in any festivities at your local community if you can make it! It’s always a rewarding experience.

-Wallace

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Winston White

The original “Big Land” Man has left Labrador for the last time.

Winston White passed away June Thirteenth this month, he leaves a loving community and home behind. Among the many things that people knew him for, he was a story teller, I’ve never met him, but I wanted to learn more about him. My first thought was to look at his writing. I found out he had written for Them Days once, and I was pretty amazed by what he had to say.

“From the great Ossokmanuan to the hills around Ashuanipi to Red Bay, Chateau Bay and northward Voisey’s Bay and Nain area, the greatness and power of this silent tiniest plant and insect to the great polar bear and caribou: these creatures are home in “the Big Land.”

I have never met this man, and now, I never can, however, when I read him, I felt my eyes start watering and my throat starting to tense. And I’ve never had allergies.

The mark of a good writer isn’t just about how he writes, the most important thing is to remember the reasons for it.

When I think of Labrador, I think of ski-do trips with my family across whole lakes for Ice fishing, the field trip my English class once took to walk a ski trail, I think of literally looking in my backyard as a child, and seeing a green forest covered in pure white snow.  Everyone who lives here knows how beautiful Labrador can really be, and we sometimes end up overlooking it.

It takes a special man to remember how beautiful his home is, and keep remembering how it is. Especially when most others probably forget to notice.

Kerra Quigley from Them Days

 

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Today (June 15th) marks he celebration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Of course, here at Them Days we are involved quite regularly with elders, interacting with them to gain valuable insight into the old ways and early days of Labrador. Of course we always love having visitors too at Them Days, of all ages. But to raise awareness for elder abuse, you can wear purple clothing or purple accessories. It’s the colour designated by the creators of this day, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).  The slogan for this day is:

“My world…your world…our world…free of elder abuse”.

Link to INPEA’s website: http://www.inpea.net/home.html

So please help to raise awareness if you can. Many people across the world, both young and old will appreciate it. Thanks for reading and I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

-Wallace

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