Fall is here! Summer was an enjoyable time here at the LI. We met lots of new people, finished up some projects, continued others, and welcomed the start of others.
Johanna’s Research Assistant, Ilana Allice, who joined the team back in mid-June will be staying for the long-term. Ilana is working with Johanna and Trevor on Johanna’s post-doctoral research which is examining societal responses to climate change. For more information on Johanna’s research you can visit her webpage by clicking here!
In addition to Johanna’s post-doc in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the LI’s newest team member, Dr. John Thistle, has begun is his post-doctoral research in Labrador West. John’s project, which is entitled: “Making an Iron Ore Landscape,” is investigating mining issues in Lab West from a geographer’s perspective.
We have also recently hired Liz Forsey to help with the Labrador Institute Film and Video Collection. Liz will be helping with the transfer work. This work is proceeding nicely and digitization of video materials will be finished by Christmas
With all this growth, the Labrador Institute is pleased to announce that we have recently opened our new office space at the CNA residence in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This new space will house researchers who are passing through, as well as the Director (Keith), Johanna, and Ilana. In addition, interior renovations have recently begun on our North West River Facility. Located in the College of the North Atlantic building, this new space – which was funded through IPY – is a welcomed addition to our infrastructure. This facility will enhance the LI’s profile and be invaluable to researchers conducting field-work in Labrador. With office space, residence space, and laboratory equipment, this new office will be useful to academics and researchers from all disciplines and faculties.
Martha and Jennifer are still awaiting the release of “Very Rough Country,” but are hopeful that they Proceedings will be published in 2010. Earlier this year, the LI published a children’s book called “The Polar Bear in the Rock: Two Windows on the World – Nanuk Ujagammi: Unikkausikkut Kaujimajunullu Kaujisautinga.” This book was presented to all grade 4 students in Labrador, but recently made a trip across the pond. During a September visit to England, Martha was invited to read this book to school children at the Richard Pate School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This private, co-ed school was founded in 1946 and its history dates back to the 16th century. It was an honour for Martha to read to the children, who listened intently and enjoyed the book.
Keith and Jennifer continue to work on various projects. The Sivunivut Health Canada project is in its initial stages. Scott, Keith, Ed, and Jennifer have been working to get this project off the ground and ready for data collection in the foreseeable future. Participants will be selected from North West River and interviewed based on their knowledge of the land, among other things.
Keith and Jennifer are also preparing to launch their SSHRC-funded workshop series. This series will travel around Labrador in an attempt to introduce groups and individuals to the different types of research and how a university can play a role. Moreover, the series is designed to provide information to groups who are looking for research consultants so that they may make the best choice for their projects. Updates on when and where the workshops will take place will be available on our website in the future. Check back often!
The Nunatsiavut-MUN Social Work BSW program is well underway. 19 students have successfully met MUN requirements and have been admitted to the faculty. Studies are continuing this semester with Professors teaching English, Social Work, and Psychology.
Mark has kept busy all spring, summer, and into the fall. In March, Mark and his friend, Steve Grace, travelled to Mud Lake to film the community’s first submission to the Labrador Creative Arts Festival. “It Can’t Be Done” was written by Stephanie Best’ she also starred in the play alongside Travis Dyson. Mark brought the play to film and it will be screened this fall at the Arts Festival. In late June, Mark helped with the Red Bay Oral History Project. Mark filmed interviews of residents of the town who were being asked about the significance of the archaeology site at Red Bay. The film will be used as interpretive materials at the Red Bay Site. During the same south-coast visit, Mark helped with the Smart Labrador Film Training. This provided basic training to the folks at Smart Labrador who are now in the process of preparing for a project involving video. In mid-September, Mark worked with Dr. Doug Wharram and Mr. Paul Pigott on the Rigolet Inuktut Documentation Project. This project was held at the Labrador Interpretation Centre in North West River and was sponsored by the Torngâsok Cultural Centre. The Labrador Institute – specifically Mark – filmed the event and is in the process of creating archival footage of the event.