SHIELD logo in Labrador flag colors. Blue ulu encapsulates green and white chat bubbles.SHIELD exists! We’re proud of the work we do as the only HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund project currently located in Labrador. We believe strongly in the importance of holistic, culturally informed, and sex positive approaches to STBBI prevention, and we’re incredibly grateful to be able to do the work we do in a good way. Through art, culture and technology activities SHIELD is able to broach sexual health topics in safer spaces that create opportunities for intergenerational learning and cater to diverse interests. 

Media can contact Project Coordinator Jade Rachwal at or 709-896-8302, ext. 224 or fill out our online Contact Form.

SHIELD Project Media Highlights


Drum Making with David Serkoak

CBC’s Labrador Morning stopped by to visit a group learning from Inuk drum-maker David Serkoak. SHIELD Project Coordinator, Jade Rachwal and youth Advisory Committee member Emily Williams-Ford were thrilled to take part and learn from David, and the Labrador Friendship Centre is proud to be part of the team who helped organize and support this incredible learning experience. Thank you, David, for sharing your knowledge with youth in Central Labrador!

SHIELD Project Update – OK Society

Coordinator Jade Rachwal was grateful to OK Society for a SHIELD Project update prior to SHIELD’s most recent in-person activities in Nain.

New SHIELD Coordinator – OK Society

Jade Rachwal moved from the position of SHIELD Project Assistant to Project Coordinator in May 2022. OKâlaKatiget Society were the first to hear from Jade in their new role with the news of SHIELD’s renewed project funding from 2022-2027.

SHIELD Interview with the OK Society

Cole Kippenhuck (SHIELD Project Coordinator from 2018-March 2022) spoke with OKâlaKatiget Society in 2019, during SHIELD’s initial funding period from 2018-2021.

Youth Metal Art Workshops Focus on the Importance of Culture – The Labradorian, March 5, 2019

Art Hives & heART Circles – The Labradorian, January 30, 2019

Art Slam 2018 – The Labradorian, August 13, 2018

SHIELD – Integrating Art, Culture and Technology – The Telegram, June 14, 2018


Sightless Birds – Ethan Angnatok

Ethan Angnatok of Nain was the winner of SHIELD’s Labrador Unplugged contest in July 2020. winner. His prize included an audio recording & music video production of his song Sightless Birds. A role model in his community, Ethan facilitates various skill sharing events such as cooking classes & jam sessions at the local youth centre. He speaks passionately about his love for music & how it helps him through mental health struggles. Now graduated from high school, Ethan continues to inspire.

Sound recording by the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. Music video by NunatuKavut Youth Community Engagement Project with footage from around Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Full credits at end of video. 

Art Hives and heART Circles: CBC Radio interview Jan 30 2019

SHIELD on CBC Labrador Morning, September 4, 2018

Art Slam – CBC Labrador Morning – August 17, 2018

SHIELD Project on CBC Radio – Labrador Morning Show – June 18, 2018