Nunatsiavut mourns Inuit elder

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Nunatsiavut President Sarah Leo has extended her "heartfelt condolences" to the family and friends of one of Labrador’s well-known elders, Ted Andersen.

“Mr. Andersen was a community leader and activist, a beloved father and grandfather, and a great friend and storyteller who devoted many years to trying to improve the lives of Labrador Inuit,” Leo said in a news release. “He was a co-founder of the Combined Councils of Labrador, actively involved in the Labrador Inuit Association, and served more than 20 years a member of the Makkovik Community Council. His contribution to the growth of his community is immeasurable, and his loss is being felt throughout Nunatsiavut and, indeed, all of Labrador.”

Andersen spent the past several years as a resident of Harbourview Manor, an assisted-living facility for seniors in Mary’s Harbour. He passed away Sunday at age 83 while undergoing care at the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony.

He was predeceased by his wife Gladys and son Perry. Anderson leaves to mourn two sons, two daughters, five grandchildren and a wide circle of extended family and friends.

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