June 11-24, 2012

Here is the LI Bi-Weekly Review for June 11-24, 2012:

Nathaniel presented a poster on his thesis research at the CIHR-Canadian Student Health Research Forum at the University of Manitoba and  also attended a workshop on CIHR Peer Review.

Nathaniel will be traveling to Nain and Natuashish from June 25-29 to meet with local stakeholders about suicide prevention research.

The Yaffle lay summary outlining Rachel's role as research adviser for the evaluation component of the Nunatsiavut Government’s (NG) Nain Community Freezer Pilot Youth Outreach Project was posted online: http://www.yaffle.ca/a/viewProject/id/1717/

Ilana Alice has completed the lectures for the intersession course, Sociology 2250: Changing Worlds, with the Bachelor of Social Work students.  Likewise, Morgon successfully wound up his Intersession course for the Bachelor of Social Work Program, English 2010: Introduction to Professional Writing.  The students are now finished for the summer, and will return to take five social work courses in the fall.

Ilana has started working as a program coordinator for the Labrador Institute this week and will be in the position throughout most of the summer.

Morgon received and shelved 23 boxes of library materials, newly catalogued by Karen and her team in Labrador City.

Morgon began developing a user-access interface and workstation for the Labrador Institute’s electronic archival holdings, including video, audio, and still images, which will hopefully become available to the public this fall.

June 8:  Ron Sparkes participated in a teleconference meeting of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Steering Committee.

June 11:  An article about the proposed BA with a major in Aboriginal Studies appeared in the June 11 editions of The Labradorian and The Aurora.  Martha did the interview for this article.

June 12:  Ron Sparkes participated in a teleconference meeting of the Harris Centre Applied Research Fund (ARF) Review Committee.

June 11-15:  During this week The Labrador Institute finalized three contract research associate positions which should be posted during the week of June 25.

June 13:  LI started working with the Rigolet Inuit Community Government to assist in the design of a community based marine mammal monitoring program.  Keith Chaulk will travel to Rigolet in early July to provide training with respect to identification, sampling methods, and data recording.  Preparation of training materials and study design continue into week of June 18-22.

June 13:  Martha attended a Bachelor of Social Work steering committee meeting, where fall courses and the proposed evaluation of the program were discussed.

June 13:  Karen coordinated and ordered Academic dress (hoods) from MUN for Alumni of MUN to wear at CNA graduation in Labrador West.

June 15:  Notification of SSHRC funding for FemNorthNet project.  LI is a collaborator on the project.

June 18:  Labrador Institute has agreed to assist Marguerite MacKenzie with financial support to produce an Innu-aimun/English dictionary for use in Innu schools.

June 18:  Discussions were held with Marguerite MacKenzie and Kanani Penashue about the launch for the Innu-aimun version of the Polar Bear in the Rock.  This will take place in the fall.  Please contact Martha for more information.

June 19:  Field tours of Lake Melville and surrounding ecosystem with Dr. Marie Clement, Scott Neilsen and Keith Chaulk.

June 18:  Rachel was interviewed about her LI PDF and role as research adviser on the NG's Nain Community Freezer Pilot Youth Outreach Project as part of a project being done to synthesis and promote work being done by Chris Furgal’s Research Group. Chris Furgal (Trent University) is one of Rachel's LI PDF co-supervisors.

June 19:  Rachel attended Chris Furgal’s bi-weekly Research Group Meeting (via Skype)

June 19:  Rachel attended a CHNET-works webinar on “Journeys Toward Health Equity Action in Public Health” presented by Julie Kryzanowski (Deputy Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon Health Region), Jennifer Cushon (Program Manager Research and Evaluation, Saskatoon Health Region), and Na-Koshie Lamptey (Associate Medical Officer of Health, Sudbury District Health Unit)

June 20:  Karen Pottle-Fewer represented Memorial University at the CNA Graduation and presented the Raymond J. Condon Memorial Award to a CAS Transfer student who will be continuing their studies at Memorial University in the Fall.

June 21:  Rachel attended a Nain Community Freezer staff meeting

June 21:  Martha ordered another 500 copies of the original Inuttitut version of the polar bear book.  Sales are apparently going well!

June 21:  LI Staff in Happy Valley Goose Bay received their Labrador Institute clothing that they can now proudly wear at Expo Labrador which is starting on June 24th!

Rachel helped prepare presentations for the upcoming public meetings to be held next week in Nain to update the community on the community freezer programs and continues work on the validation and transcription of interviews from the Iqaluit to Ottawa Knowledge Tracking Project.

Martha and Keith are working on a new book-the story of The Man who Married a Beaver.  The search has begun for an illustrator.

A “Memorial Up North” Twitter feed has been placed on the Labrador Institute’s main web page for Expo Labrador

Most LI Staff have been very busy organizing and coordinating with various people regarding  LI/MUN events associated with Expo Labrador. Keith Chaulk will be emceeing and co-hosting various events the week of June 25.