"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Not surrounded by water

More Newfoundland-centric cluelessness from the Ministry of Truth this morning:

Nunatsiavut Government Members to be Sworn In
October 16, 2006

It has been over 10 months since the Inuit of Labrador celebrated the beginning of the new Nunatsiavut Government. Today the members of the very first elected General Assembly will be sworn in and hold their first sitting. They represent five Inuit community governments; Nain, Hopedale, Rigolet, Makkovik and Postville. There is also a member from mainland Canada and two community councillors from Upper Lake Melville. The swearing in ceremony is scheduled for the Nunatsiavut administrative centre in Nain this morning. [Emphasis added.]
Why do Newfoundland media types insist on distinguishing the province from "mainland Canada" when 72% of the province's landmass is part of "mainland Canada"? And it's bad enough distinguishing "the province" from "the mainland"... but distinguishing Labrador from "the mainland", too?

Oy. The state of geographical education these days.

For the record, here's the composition of the Assembly:
Since the Constitution came into effect, the Nunatsiavut Assembly increased the number of constituencies to 8. These include Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Rigolet, Postville, North West River the combined constituency of Happy Valley - Goose Bay and Mud Lake. There is also a constituency for Canada, to provide for representation for all Inuit citizens resident in places in Canada other than the first eight constituencies. [Footnote omitted, emphasis added.]
Those "places in Canada" include Newfoundland as well as the rest of Labrador not otherwise included in a Nunatsiavut constituency.

Labrador is not an island. The province is not an island. And the island is not the province. It is time to bury this "us-vs.-Mainland" distinction once and for all. But there is no sign that it's going to happen any time soon.


At 12:07 PM, October 16, 2006 , Blogger Brian said...

No wonder there is total confusion with most up here, the ‘ministry of truth’ is about on a par with information coming out of [or not] Nunatsiavut Government itself.

People are having a hard time getting their heads around; ordinary assembly members, 2 from Nain, 1 each from the 4 other coastal communities. 1 member from each of North West River and combined HV-GB/Mud Lake. Plus 1 member from the whole of Canada not including Labrador.

Then you have sitting in the assembly as full voting members the 5 AngajukKâk from each of the coastal communities, plus 1 each of Chairpersons from the Community Corporations in NWR and HV-GB/Mud Lake.
AngajukKâk is the new full time position that replaces the Mayors position in the old provincial overseeing.
Not the sort of stuff for today’s fast n furious no fact checking one side fits all media.

Nunatsiavut have it right on their web page, but majority still get information the old way up here, word of mouth [not recommended in today’s world], notice boards, CKOK [recommended because it is in two languages and it is the peoples media].

At 1:50 PM, October 16, 2006 , Blogger WJM said...

Plus 1 member from the whole of Canada not including Labrador.

Doesn't that member also include Inuit electors in Labrador City and southern Labrador?

At 4:37 PM, October 16, 2006 , Blogger Brian said...

Doesn't that member also include Inuit electors in Labrador City and southern Labrador?

Well there ya go, yes it does, lot to absorbe and we all make mistakes, little wonder the average person is a little lost with all this.

At 8:17 PM, October 16, 2006 , Blogger Clinton P. Desveaux said...

YES, Canada has one more layer of government!! Now we can really screw things up even more!!


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