The Labrador Institute was established by Memorial University to stimulate, coordinate, and support major University projects and programs and to expand the Labrador knowledge base. It is our hope that these activities will facilitate the educational aspirations, research requirements, and the socio-cultural well-being of the people of Labrador.
Memorial University has had a formal presence in Labrador since the 1970s, when field workers carried out extension services in Cartwright and Nain. In the late 1970s, the University established the Labrador Institute of Northern Studies to promote community development, extension services and socio-economic research, and to provide a link with the campus in St. John's. In 1997, the university changed the focus of the Institute's activities and renamed it the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.
In July 2008, the Memorial Board of Regents approved a revised mission and mandate for the Labrador Institute. It is the mission of the Labrador Institute to bring the needs and interests of Labradorians to the University, and to facilitate actions that will bring the capacities of the University to bear on these needs and interests.
The current planning and initiatives of the Labrador Institute are guided by the LI mission and mandate, Memorial University’s Research Framework, Public Engagement Framework and Teaching and Learning Framework, and the Labrador Post Secondary Needs Assessment. Other important reference points include: (a) the Provincial Northern Strategic Plan, (b) the White Paper on Postsecondary Education, and (c) Memorial’s Aboriginal Initiatives Task Force.