July 9-22, 2012

Here is the LI Bi-Weekly Review for July 9-22, 2012:

July 8:  there was a rare earthquake in southern Labrador. The seismograph monitoring station hosted, for Dr. Fiona Darbyshire of the Universite du Quebec au Montreal, at the Labrador Institute Research Station, as well as others in Makkovik, Labrador City and Nain detected and helped to pinpoint the earthquake.

Dr. Marie Clement was recently hired as an Aquatic Ecologist with the Labrador Institute.  Please refer to the article entitled, “High profile scientist signs on to Labrador Institute”, which appeared in today.mun.ca on July 17th.  Welcome Marie!

  • Since starting, Marie has been in contact with the Nunatsiavut Government, the Torngat Secretariat,  Nunatukavut, Environment Canada, DFO and other researchers at MUN to better understand the research priorities in the region and establish potential collaborations.

July 11:   Scott now has the 18ft Labrador Institute boat set up with a GPS and serviced so that it is ready to conduct fieldwork.

July 12:   Scott took a tour of the research vessel Dr. Trevor Bell and Tom Sheldon have arranged to do some research in Lake Melville, as part of the ArcticNet.

July 12:   Rachel Hirsch and Katie Winters were interviewed about the Nunatsiavut Government's Nain Community Freezer (NCF) Pilot Youth Program by the OKâlaKatiget (OK) Society.

July 13:   Rachel Hirsch assisted Katie Winters in hosting a wild food cooking and movie night where youth were taught how to make fish cakes with fresh Arctic Char and watched a historical film from the OK Society.  

July 13:  Scott took Christine Legere, the project manager for the Lake Melville research project, on a tour of the LI Research Station in North West River.

Jul 15- 21:  Scott on behalf of the LI,  hosted Chris Aylward and his cameraman, Mario, in the NWR Research Station accommodations. Chris is a PhD candidate at MUN, and an instructor in the film school at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is making a documentary on the Beothuk, focusing on what Aboriginal and other individuals think actually happened to them. The LI Archaeology Project in Sheshatshiu may be featured in the documentary.

July 16:  Rebecca Watts started work on the Health Canada funded project, Blue Print for Change, that LI has partnered on with the Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation in North West River. She is our summer student worker, and is currently making arrangements for our place name focus group, as well as reviewing transcripts of surveys from Phase 1 for accuracy and gaps. We will be hiring the community researcher in the upcoming weeks and preparing for the detailed interviews. For more information contact Scott.

July 17: Rachel Hirsch attended one of the NCF Pilot Youth Program small group trips to Duck Bay.

July 18: Rachel Hirsch attended Chris Furgal's Research Group Meeting (via Skype).

July 18-22:  Karen Pottle-Fewer of the Labrador West office of the Labrador Institute hosted a visit by Memorial’s president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Gary Kachanoski and the director of the Labrador Institute, Dr. Keith Chaulk.  During the visit, Gary, Keith and Karen  met with representatives of each of the towns of Labrador City and Wabush, members of Hyron Regional Economic Development Board, Campus Administrator of CNA in Labrador West, and representatives from Wabush Mines and the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC).  One of the highlights of the visit was a tour of IOC’s mines.

During July:  Rachel Hirsch created an interactive timeline (using www.tiki-toki.com) of program, research, and youth activities associated with the NCF Pilot Youth Program to assist in program management and tracking; outlined the roles and responsibilities she has had as the NCF Pilot Youth Program Research Adviser to assist in developing a plan for training/capacity building; submitted an application to renew the Iqaluit to Ottawa Knowledge Tracking (KT) Project Research Protocol to York University's Human Participants Review Committee (HPRC); transcribed the final in-depth interview for the KT Project; worked with the KT Project Research Assistant to outline the procedure for content analysis; reviewed a research protocol as a member of York University’s Aboriginal Research Ethics Advisory Group to the HPRC; and helped bag/weigh seal meat.