SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

Hopedale Executive Summary

The Hopedale SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik (Sustainable Communities) workshop was held on

January 13th, 2012. This workshop was the second in the series of workshops that were held in

the five coastal communities of Nunatsiavut. The overall goal of the initiative was to inform

best practices and provide guidance for community sustainability.

Participants were given the opportunity to reflect on the valued ‘places and spaces’ in the

community, and identify areas that they wish to protect from future development. Issues and

challenges were also discussed in the context of possible future directions.

Wayne Piercy, AngajukKâk for Hopedale and Dr. Trevor Bell from Memorial University,

facilitated the half-day workshop in Hopedale. The workshop brought together members of the

community who have specialized knowledge of the town and have been active in Hopedale’s

development. Participants included town staff, the town manager, the previous AngujakKâk,

representatives from Torngat Regional Housing Association, the Nunatsiavut Government’s

Department of Housing and Social Development, the RCMP, as well as an elder, youth, hunters,

and other local residents.

Part 1. What do we value? Important places, spaces and activities in Hopedale

The first theme of the workshop focused on aspects of the community that are valued, and that

participants would like to see protected. Workshop participants highlighted the following:

Freshwater ponds, berry picking areas and fishing spots within walking distance of the

community are all highly valued. These areas are important sources of drinking water,

country foods and recreation and are particularly valued by households who do not

have access to a boat or motor vehicle.

Community infrastructure, such as the wharf, dock and airstrip, are all valued for the

economic and transportation opportunities they provide.

Safe spaces for youth, such as the community hall and the outdoor ice rink, are highly

valued. Some participants expressed concern that more is not being done to support

youth in the community.

The community freezer in Hopedale provides country foods for households that need

them. In addition to the freezer, hunting and food sharing are valued by residents.

The Moravian Mission Complex in Hopedale connects residents with a piece of their

heritage and attracts visitors to the community.


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