Hope for Natuashish

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In a two-part series, Canadian television station NTV.ca features Natuashish, Labrador, site of St. Anne Tshukuminu mission, in the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador, one of the missions supported by Catholic Missions In Canada. The series also features a short interview with Sister Sheila Fortune, C.S.J., pastoral administrator at St. Anne Tshukuminu mission.

NTV’s Garry Smyth reports: “For years, the enduring image of Natuashish has been one of children sniffing gasoline. But there is still hope in a community that constantly seems to be in crisis.”  View The Other Side of Natuashish >>

Fun with art: Children from Natuashish show their finished artwork at Sister Sheila Fortune’s dining room.
Fun with art: Children from Natuashish show their finished artwork at Sister Sheila Fortune’s dining room.

Natuashish is a community 300 km from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. It is accessible year-round by plane and by boat in the summer months only. Innu Aimun is the language spoken and English is only used when speaking to non-Innu persons. The community is growing rapidly and has nearly doubled their number since their move to Natuashish from Davis Inlet. In 2006, there was a population of 706 and about 170 dwellings. The Reserve encompasses 44.25 sq km. Although the Natuashish community owns the church building and pays the maintenance costs of the building, they do not at this time contribute towards the travel, maintenance or salary costs of the missionary. These costs have been covered through Catholic Missions In Canada grants and other donations.