Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nain Withdraws from Combined Councils

The Nain Inuit Community Government (NICG) has withdrawn from the Combined Councils of Labrador (CCL).

Sarah Leo is the AngajukKak for the NICG.

She says the NICG had passed a unanimous motion deciding not to renew their membership with the CCL.

Leo says being a member of the CCL provides smaller communities with a larger unified voice.

That voice is used to lobby to various levels of government on behalf of Labrador communities.

Leo says the CCL hasn’t been doing that in quite some time now.

The NICG feels that it cannot waste the funds required for membership for something that is of no benefit to the NICG.

Nick McGrath is the President of the CCL.

He says the CCL is very disappointed with the NICG’s decision to leave.

He says the mandate of the CCL is to represent all regions of Labrador, including the community of Nain.

As for a lack of activity on behalf of the CCL, McGrath says they have been actively addressing issues.

These include the relocation of the air ambulance to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and the construction of a new airstrip in Nain.

McGrath hopes that the CCL can sit down with both the Nunatsiavut Government and the NICG to re-negotiate their return.

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