Recently found Kodachrome slides show my first sailing aboard the Sir Robert Bond. I believe it was June 1996. At that time I had no idea that I would make Labrador my home and sail serval more times to Goose Bay Labrador from Lewisporte NF. Times have changed and the Bond no longer sails and Labrador is no longer my home. The road has opened up and Labrador has become a little less remote than it once was. It was a special and magical time for me, I still have a couple friends there and they are life long friends, a gift from the big land. We don’t see nearly enough of each other now, but somehow that hasn’t changed the way I feel towards them. Driving on a long long gravel road to get there is one way, but sailing for 36 hours with other travellers and residents, spending the time imposed by the trip with each other made for an experience unmatched by the monotony of driving. The Bond is gone forever. What a shame progress can be.
Back in the late 90’s I had the opportunity to travel to Voisey Bay Labrador to photograph the Innu and Inuit protest of Inco’s Iron Ore development of territory of Labradors indigenous peoples. It was and is a remote part of the world. Fly in by bush plane and then onboard a boat to get there. Camped a week with the Innu and had some great experiences. These are just a few images of that week.
Innu Family relax in a tent at Voisey’s Bay Labrador Canada. July 97 Photo by: TED OSTROWSKI
Mary Dyke at Voisey’s Bay Labrador. July 97 Photo by: TED OSTROWSKI
Chief Paul Rich jr. at Voise’sy Bay protest in the summer of 97 Photo by Ted Ostrowski
Tshauesh Penashue gathering boughs for the tent floor. Innu woman traditionally gather the boughs while the men cut the tent poles. Voiseys Bay, Labrador
Innu Youth Salute the RCMP
A young bear is taken by an Innu Hunter at Anaktalak Bay Labrador
Innu Nation Flag flys over Voisey Bay Labrador
INCO Undermining the Innu, nice play on words.