“They’re outport people with outport ways But there’s nowhere to use them and now it’s too late They curse on the ones who uttered the phrase Resettlement now while resettlement pays. “
During a 20 year span, from 1954 – 1975, the very controversial government resettlement programs resulted in some 300 outport communities being abandoned and nearly 30,000 people moved to so-called growth centres.
The emotions and the challenges a lot of these people faced, as they tried to adjust to a new way of life, were daunting to put it mildly. Some people were quite willing to leave their small isolated communities, in order to start anew and thereby give their children more opportunities; while others - often the older folk - wanted to stay and hold on to what they were familiar with.
As some of the people left, reality set in as governments withdrew or downgraded services. Soon, for the last of the remaining residents; they could be left without a regular visit from a clergyman or a doctor or even without a school or a teacher.
The end result for the families that were the last to leave was profound. Consider a young person, 10-12 years old, who hadn’t attended school the previous year or for two years; trying to adjust
Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m.
Flea market and soup and sandwich lunch
St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Swimming Pool Rd Marystown admission to the flea market $1, soup and sandwich lunch $5.
Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m. Gospel Concert
St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Creston South,
All free will offerings will be appreciated.
Sunday Chase the Ace
Mortier Bay Chase the Ace (St. Gabriel’s Hall/ Sacred Heart Parish, Marystown) every Sunday, 2:30 - 4 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Hall. Ace tickets are three for $5/seven for $10 and 50/50 tickets are $1 each. Canteen service available.
Mental health support group
Open to ages 14-18; 7:30 p.m. at Keyin College. For information contact Jimmy Bonnell at 277-4973.
Meetings each Tuesday, 8-10 p.m. in the rehab conference room at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, for individuals and families affected by gambling. For information leave a message at: 891-5030 or 832-3690.
Cozy Corner Crafters
Meets every second Wednesday at the Salvation Army Faith and Hope, Marystown, at 7 p.m. For information contact Linda Stockley, 279-2863 (O) or 891-2555 (R) and Edith Dicks, 279-3124.
Resettlement is an issue many people in rural Newfoundland and Labrador have confronted over the years.
and adapt to a new town, a new school and new classmates.
Fast forward to 1992 and the cod moratorium which resulted in over 35,000 fishers and plant workers from over 400 coastal communities becoming unemployed. Many of these plant workers and fishers were the same people who had moved to the “growth centres” with their families, two to three decades before. Once again they were thrust into a life-changing event not of their own choosing.
Today, many of the remaining small isolated communities in this province are having to confront the “resettlement” issue once again. It is true that now the initiative to relocate has to come from the residents themselves and at least 90 per cent of them have to be in favour of the move, to take advantage of the government offered compensation package.
Still, if you see a downgrade in your ferry service or other essential programs, then it is only a matter of time before some people will want to leave. When that happens a no-win situation could occur, whereby those who want to move could be the majority but they can’t get the required ninety percent to make it happen. It’s a tough corner to be in; both for those who want to move as well as those who want to stay.
Some of the smaller isolated communities in this part of the province including Rencontre East, Gaultois, McCallum, Grey River, Francois and South East Card games
Burin: Texas Hold ‘Em Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion. Weekly card game Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Frenchman’s Cove: Weekly card game at 50+ Club Tuesdays. Doors open at 7 p.m. Game starts 7:30.
The Marystown branch of the Canadian Red Cross has new telephone numbers – Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 279-2463 and nights and weekends 279-1462. Individuals who have equipment on loan and not being used should return items to the depot in the Marystown Museum building.
Meetings held in the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre Education Room each Thursday and Saturday, 8:30-9:30 p.m. A meeting is also held each Monday in St. Lawrence in the basement of the priest’s house. For more information call 277-4174, 873-6018 (Donna), 277-6666 (Shane), 873-3423 (Kevin) or 3572317 (Cathy).
Bight survived the “centralization” programs of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Now they are being faced with this new reality as today’s provincial government grapples with the huge cost of providing dependable ferry service to fewer and fewer people. The big question is; how much longer can the status quo continue?
Just two months ago, on April 17, a new book entitled “Bay Of Hope – Five Years in Newfoundland” by author David Ward hit the book-stores in this province. It focuses on the isolated community of McCallum, population just 78 people, situated near the mouth of Bay d’Espoir on the southwest coast.
It is obvious right from the opening paragraph that the author has deep feelings and respect for the people there as well as sincere empathy for them as they wrestle with the life-changing decision they have to make regarding “resettlement”.
The book is also a story of loneliness, love and adventure as it captures life in outport Newfoundland so poignantly as did Michael Crummey’s novel “Sweetland”,
a few years ago. To say that I enjoyed reading the book is an understatement; I highly recommend it:
The Burin Peninsula Health Care Hospital Auxiliary is looking for new members. Meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Burin hospital. The auxiliary is open to both men and women. For more information or for an application, contact Marilyn Martin at 891-3471 or call/drop by the gift shop (891-3494). Narcotics Anonymous is a group of recovering drug addicts. It costs nothing to be a member. Weekly meetings are held in the education/ conference room at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, Thursday and Saturday, 6:30-8 p.m. For more info, contact Tom at 2773058 (cell) or 891-1255 (home). Regular weekly meetings of TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) held on the Burin Peninsula. Contact Elvina at 832-3813/5573 for more information.
“Bay Of Hope – Five Years in Newfoundland” is a new book by David Ward.