SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

SakKijānginnatuk Nunalik - Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions

Postville Executive Summary

The Postville SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik (Sustainable Communities) workshop was held on June

12th, 2012. This workshop was the third 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.

The half-day workshop in Postville was facilitated by Diane Gear, AngajukKâk for Postville and

Dr. Trevor Bell from Memorial University. The workshop brought together members of the

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

development over the past 40 years. Participants included town staff, the town manager,

representatives from Nunatsiavut Government, as well as elders, youth, hunters, and local


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

The first theme of the workshop focused on places, spaces and activities that are valued in the

community, and areas that participants would like to see protected. Workshop participants

highlighted the following:

Important spaces/places to protect and preserve included Sandy Point, Salmon Pond,

Kaipokok River, Jacques Lake, Little Brook Pond, Brights Brook, Post Hill, berry picking

areas, the boardwalk and trails.

Sports and recreation activities are highly valued and more spaces are currently needed

for these activities.

Community events such as the annual ‘Fun in the Sun’ festival and ‘Easter Games’ are

important in Postville.

The location of the community, allowing access to forests and the coast, is highly valued

by residents.

Hunting grounds, travel routes, cabins, lakes and other geographic areas are an integral

part of community identity, Labrador Inuit culture and traditions. Participants wished to

see these areas protected and Labrador Inuit Knowledge nurtured for use by future


Health services (social workers, nursing etc.) are greatly appreciated in the community.


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