Ours is a vibrant, diverse and multi-cultural community with representation from the Innu, Inuit and Métis as well as Newfoundlanders, other Canadians and non-Canadians. The Town works in strong partnership with the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government and the NunatuKavut Community Council.
As the only location in Labrador where road, sea and air services all come together with quality infrastructure, Happy Valley-Goose Bay is proud to be the hub of Labrador!
Seniors make up a large percentage of the population of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Town values its older residents because older people are rich in years they often have a wealth of skills and experiences. They have been through and survived many difficult situations in life that we sometimes cannot even fathom. As a community with a high percentage of people of Indigenous descent we recognize seniors as elders and respected individuals who play key roles in our community. They are important knowledge keepers, and they also help to ensure cultural continuity. As living connections to the past, Elders serve as teachers, healers, advisors and counsellors.
In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador we have the Office of the Senior’s Advocate with a mandate to address systemic issues impacting seniors. Systemic issues are problems in an overall system rather than a specific or individual concern.
The Office will:
- identify, review and analyze systemic issues;
- work collaboratively with seniors’ organizations, service providers and others to identify and address systemic issues; and
- make recommendations to government and government agencies respecting changes to improve services to and for seniors.
The Office of the Senior’s Advocate periodically publishes a newsletter outlining the activities of the Senior’s Advocate in promoting issues for seniors in our province. The following link allows you to access this newsletter:
The following Link takes you to a letter from the Senior’s Advocate about the key items for seniors in the 2023 Federal Budget: