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.
Sandra at our booth!
That hat though
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.
Aimee and I at another booth!
We hope everyone enjoyed their time at Expo as much as we did. Thanks for reading!
Just had this come in the e-mail:
Dates and host town announced for first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium to be held in Newfoundland and Labrador
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2015 (St. John’s, NL) – In continuing with the announcement of events for the 35th anniversary year of ArtsNL, dates and a host town for the province’s first-ever Indigenous Arts Symposium, called To Light The Fire, were shared this morning.
“In August 2014, the Atlantic Public Arts Funders collectively held an Indigenous Arts Symposium in Millbrook, NS,” said Reg Winsor, ArtsNL’s executive director. “At that event there were a number of individuals from Labrador, and following the symposium there was resounding feedback from all delegates that in the years between Atlantic symposiums focused on indigenous arts practice, a provincial version could and should be held.”
To that end, ArtsNL has been partnering with a steering committee comprised of representatives from Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Miawpukek, Qalipu First Nation, and the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation to organize and move forward through the initial planning stages for a multi-day event that will include workshops, exhibitions, networking opportunities, and more.
“This morning, we’re very pleased to share that Happy Valley-Goose Bay will be the host town for the symposium,” continued Winsor. “The first Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous Arts Symposium will be taking place there from November 19 to 22, 2015 and at this stage, we’re just asking interested individuals to take note of these dates in their calendars.”
As more details become finalized, they will be made available through future releases, on the ArtsNL social media profiles, and at nlac.ca or artsnl.ca.
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
Phone: (709) 726-2212 ext. 203
Toll free: 1 (866) 726-2212 (NL only)
The NLAC is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (non-voting). The NLAC receives an annual grant of $2.1 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.
Very exciting news! Can’t wait until the symposium.
Hey guys! Tourist season is upon us. As some of you may remember, we established a walking tour program of the historic lower valley last summer. We will be continuing the program this summer as well! These tours may also be referred to as story walks, since we will be visiting a local elder as they tell us about his/her experiences in early Happy Valley. I can’t give you any specific dates yet, but the program will resume very soon, and will have a weekly schedule.
At Birch Island!
Sandra and I went on a practice tour recently! We needed to iron out some details with the tour and see where we can improve. Our walk took us from the Them Days office down Strathcona street to the old nurse’s clinic, which is now someone’s home. We continued on the old path along to the Churchill River to Birch Island, where many people used to live. We completed the tour by walking along Grenfell street and back towards our office. There is much to learn about the lower valley, it seems you can discover history at every step!
Hey guys, we’ve had a busy month here at Them Days: lots of preparation for the upcoming issue. So when the time came for the Mud Lake fair we thought it was a great opportunity for us to relax and enjoy ourselves
A beautiful day
Aimee and Sandra from the office (as well as many others) decided to join in. Locals ferried people across the river in their speedboats. I live in Mud Lake, so I went too of course! I haven’t had a chance to go to the fair for the past few years due to school. However, the organizers of the fair decided to change the event’s time back to June. So that made me happy, and it seems like everyone enjoyed their time there as well.
From the bridge
Mud Lake isn’t quite used to all this hustle and bustle, the fair is always the busiest day of the year! There were lots of fun events, such as log throwing, target shooting, putting, a cakewalk, canoe races (time trials), and the auction.
Aimee and John finishing their race
My canoe race partner
Displaying one of many quilts
The last activity of the day has always been the auction, where among other things, quilts are auctioned off. These quilts were made by local residents over the span of a few months. There was a nice crowd of people this year too, although this was the first auction I’ve been to myself. The fair raised money for the improvement of the small community of 50, so thanks to all who could make it there! Hopefully it was a great time for all.
I can’t believe I’m working my last day at Them Days! Everything went by so fast once we started working on the latest issue, and there hasn’t been much time for blogging, but even though it’s my last day I’ll have a few posts lined up for after I leave!
It’s a little weird to introduce myself now, but I was a seven week summer student here at Them Days, working as a tour guide and as an editorial assistant on the side. If you happened to drop in, I was the quiet, short one that wasn’t Aimee, Wallace, or Daphne! This coming week, we’re getting a new summer student, Robyn Clark, and she’ll be our new quiet one!
I’m going to miss working here, definitely! Even in these few weeks, I learned so much about Labrador that I didn’t know before, and that’s not even the tip of our deep and colourful history! I always knew that there was a good bit of our history cut out of my secondary schooling (I don’t remember getting much more than a mention of Labrador in any of my history and social studies courses), but I was suprised just how exciting a story I was missing! Researching and practicing for the tours, I learned lots about Happy Valley in particular . It seems like it must have been such an energetic place — Much more so than anyone my age might expect — and that goes for all areas of Labrador!
Anyway, I’m glad to have been able to work with such a wonderful set of people! That goes to everyone in the office, everyone who has visited, and everyone who has told us their stories! Thank you!
(Sometimes were just being goofballs. Here, Aimee was trying out one of her photo techniques while I posed!)
You may have noticed, we’ve been having some issues with our website. I’m working on it!