Whether it was by sheer coincidence or inspiration, I don't think then premier Joey Smallwood knew what he had done, or at least caused. In 1973, the government of Newfoundland (Labrador was not yet part of the official name of the province) asked the people of the province through its elected officials, meaning its Members of the House of Assembly, to develop and adopt special projects that would commemorate the 25th anniversary of the province joining the Confederation with Canada of 1949.
Mike Martin was sitting as the MHA for the district of Labrador South. In my view he was a man ahead of his time. He took this as an opportunity to do something that would have significant impact and would allow the Labrador people to celebrate Labrador's rich heritage and culture.
The region of Labrador at the time was going through many changes, people were starting to speak up and organize themselves on many levels. Mike Martin understood this. He saw the importance of bringing the people together as one through images and art, thus the creation of the Labrador flag.
Although very young at the time, I can remember my parents talking at the kitchen table as they were actively involved during this era. The Labrador people were starting to organize themselves on many fronts and were becoming publicly and politically active.
We saw the emergence of organizations such as Them Days, the Labrador Friendship Center, the Labrador Inuit Association, the Labrador Metis Nation, the Combined Council…
Three impaired drivers in three different Labrador communities were arrested during the April 11-13 weekend.
On Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. The RCMP in Nain was given a tip that a man had left the local gas station on his snowmobile and was impaired. Based on the tip, the RCMP investigated and arrested a 43-year-old man for impaired driving. He will be appearing in provincial court at 1:30 p.m. April 14.
On April 13, shortly after 12 a.m., a 53-year-old man in Happy Valley-Goose Bay was arrested for impaired driving after his vehicle was pulled over on Hamilton River Road. He will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.
At 1:30 p.m. the RCMP in Rigolet was advised that a man in the community was driving a snowmobile while impaired. After investigating, The RCMP arrested a 66-year-old man for impaired driving. He too will be appearing in Provincial Court at a later date.