This excerpt from the interview with Mr. Jim Langor describes his experiences
with the contraversial issue of resettlement.
"Actually resettlement affected
my life twice. Once when I was very young. My family resettled from a tiny
community on the lower end, the eastern end of Random Island. The little
place was called Thoroughfare because it was a community where the waterway
ran through five communities so the fishermen could use it as a passageway
to get out to sea to fish. My family moved from there in the 1950's--the
mid-1950's. In 1967, my family was again resettled from the community where
they had moved. It was a little place called Champneys West--in Trinity
Bay as well."
"There would be perhaps somebody in the community who would have
some knowledge of first aid and things like that; very little training,
certainly. Doctors would only be available to come in emergencies and sometimes
it would take several days, especially during harsh weather conditions."
As you can see resettlement affected the lives of many people in a variety
of different ways. There were several advantages and disadvantages to relocating.
For example, doctors and proper medical care were hard to come by in the
outport communities. By moving they would have more access to them.
Another advantage would be that the children would receive a better education as compared to their old communities.
Because the communities were so small it was hard to get teachers to come
Even though there were many advantages there was also some disadvantages.
Most of the thought of moving as a new experience but the elders viewed
it slightly differently. Most of them had grown up in those communities
and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. For example in Mr. Langor's interview
he mentioned that the younger generation
was eager to go but his parents, like other
people "might have been less eager, of course they were used to living
in a very rural and isolated kind of community for a long period of time.
"As well the older generation was
more reluctant to leave.