Davis Inlet Innu get new home.
An announcement last week that the long-awaited move from Davis Inlet to Sango Pond would go ahead with federal and provincial backing was greeted with skepticism by Chief Katie Rich and the people of Davis Inlet. In spite of an agreement between the Innu Nation and the governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador, province, Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador (ny`fənlənd, ny , the move is still dependent upon approval of the federal cabinet.
"I guess I could say that they've been saying this to us for the last few months," Rich said. "Every time I tell that to my people, I've been like a broken record. It didn't really matter that they said this to me this time."
There have been promises in the past, but each one has been broken. That the deals have not been made has variously been blamed on a need for further study, cabinet approval or lack of agreement between all parties.
This time, though, the announcement was made publicly, and DIAND DIAND Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (Government of Canada) Minister Ron Irwin Ronald A. Irwin, PC , CM , QC , LL.B (born October 29 1936) is a Canadian diplomat and former politician.
Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Irwin earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York said that he can foresee no problems in getting the cabinet to approve the agreement.
"The cabinet has been supportive from Day One," he said. "We are firmly committed to making the move from Davis to Sango Bay." (Rich explained that the proper name for the site is Sango Pond. The site is widely called Sango Bay in the mainstream media.)
Another hurdle now out of the way is Clyde Wells Clyde Kirby Wells (born November 9, 1937) is a Newfoundland and Labrador judge and former politician and Premier of the province.
Born in Buchans Junction, Newfoundland, Wells graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a BA in 1959 and Dalhousie Law School with , the former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador The Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador is the first minister for the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He or she is appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, as representative of the Queen in Right of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the . He didn't agree with a move to Sango Pond, preferring instead to settle the community in a larger centre, such as Goose Bay. Current Premier Brian Tobin Brian Vincent Tobin, PC (born October 21, 1954) is a Canadian politician.
Tobin was born in in Stephenville, Newfoundland. He studied political science at Memorial University in St. John's. is a former cabinet colleague of Irwin, and is eager to reach an agreement. The governmental eagerness is heightened by the potential mining developments in the Voisey's Bay area, approximately 40 km north of Davis Inlet.
Sango Pond is only seven or eight km west of Davis Inlet, but the site will allow the construction of a proper wharf and airstrip, and a community with clean water and indoor plumbing, things that have been unattainable dreams on the island.
"Apart from Davis Inlet being an island," Rich said, "and my people being cut off for so much of the year, there was no room for expansion and no water.
"It's only now that all the outstanding issues with the province have been resolved," she continued. "Hopefully, we'll be doing some work within a couple of weeks." Construction will really begin after the wharf and the road from the wharf to the townsite A townsite is a legal subdivision of land that is platted for the development of a town or community. In the historical development of the United States, Canada, and other former British colonial nations, the filing of a townsite plat was often the first legal act in the are completed, and the whole move will be done within four or five years.
The problems of Davis Inlet were put under an international media spotlight three-and-a-half years ago because of a home video detailing the despair into which the youth of the community had sunk. Davis Inlet was shown to be riddled with problems, the most serious of which still include widespread substance abuse, poverty, suicide and physical and sexual abuse.
The proposed move is only a part of the tripartite agreement A tripartite agreement is an agreement among three parties. Specifically, it can refer to:
"One of the other things we've been negotiating with the federal government is in regards to the devolution devolution n. the transfer of rights, powers, or an office (public or private) from one person or government to another. (See: devolve)
DEVOLUTION, eccl. law. of programs and services [from the federal and provincial governments] to the band government," Rich said. "Hopefully, by the time we reach Sango, [the negotiations] will be completed."
Band control of such things as social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales , supplies, schooling and a medical clinic, as well as the move back to the mainland, will give the community the means to escape the cycle of poverty and abuse.
Davis Inlet, on a small rock and clay island off the Labrador coast, was originally settled with the large population base in 1967 by the provincial and federal governments' forced move of many Innu from the mainland. The island was unable to support the community in dozens of ways--four or five studies have concluded that there is no source of water on the island sufficient to keep the approximately 525 people alive, and even outhouses OUTHOUSES. Buildings adjoining to or belonging to dwelling-houses.
2. It is not easy to say what comes within and what is excluded from the meaning of out-house. don't work because of the clay soil.
The worst effect of the move, though, was the isolation of the people from their traditional lands. Davis Inlet becomes a virtual prison for three or four months each year, when the water becomes too difficult to cross either by boat or over the ice. For the nomadic See nomadic computing. Innu hunters, such conditions were intolerable.
The move will be funded with federal government money -- approximately $85 million--and the province will supply the site.
"The thought of moving and the amount of dollars, all that work and all that money coming to the community, it scares me," said Rich. "But the community knows what they want and they've accomplished what they wanted to do. We've worked hard at it, and we made our story available to the media and the public worldwide. That helped."