July & August 2009
Summer 2009 is passing by in a hurry! We have several ongoing and
upcoming projects and we're excited to release our Annual
. Click here
to download the
We recently hired two summer students to conduct work on our
collection and participate in our SERNNoCA project. Carmen
, a CAS Transfer Year student (who has just been
accepted to MUN's Faculty of Business), has been hired to conduct
the SERNNoCA Social Economy research. Her position is the result of
a partnership between Canada Summer Jobs, SERNNoCA, and the LI.
, who has just finished his second
year in Bishop's University's Music and Drama program has been
hired to work on our digital database of photos and video. Shawn
has been hired through the Canada Summer Jobs program. We welcome
both of them!
Through a partnership between the Division of Lifelong Learning,
GradSWEP, the Sheshatshiu Band Council, and the Labrador Institute,
we have recently hired Damián Castro
offer the Band Council various computer courses. Carolina
has been hired through a partnership between
GradSWEP, LI, and the Department of Geography. Carolina will be
working on climate change research.
Dr. Ron Sparkes
has recently entered
semi-retirement. Ron has had an invigorating career in education
and special projects and while we are sad to have him leave us, we
understand this break is surely deserved. Best of luck to Ron!
Thanks to Dr. Doug Wharram
, as well as all their
students, for making Intersession 2009 a great success!
Several researchers and research teams have been passing through
Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer as they make their way to other
areas of the Big Land to conduct various studies. Elisabeth
, a graduate student at the University of
in northern Norway has recently done work in
Natuashish and we are continuing to assist her with her work.
We are pleased to be supporting Dr. Lisa Rankin
and her research team on their recently funded CURA grant "Understanding the
Past to Build the Future
". Lisa and her team are currently
making preparations for their first season of research in Labrador!
ExpoLabrador was great this year. We had participation from
of the Division of Lifelong
Learning, Rebecca Newhook
Education, and Dr. Shree Mulay
Health and Humanities, MUN Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Mulay met with
Violence Prevention Labrador and was invited to give a presentation
entitled "Immigrant Women's Struggles to End Violence against
Women: Its Relevance to Women in Labrador". Ron
, and Carmen
participated in Expo in various capacities. Along with Elaine and
Rebecca, we hosted a successful information booth. Thanks to Elaine
and Rebecca, as well as MUN Marketing and
for providing promotional items to
compliment our booth!
is currently working with Andrea
on a book chapter which focuses on Inuit Land Use.
is continuing work on her books
The 2030 North Conference took place in Ottawa
this year and Keith participated on behalf of the
LI. The Conference was a five-day affair dedicated to discussing
Northern issues. Particular attention was paid to the topics of
arctic sovereignty, land claims, northern research, and
In partnership with the Harris Centre, the LI is
supporting and helping facilitate a "Memorial Presents" session to
be held in Nunatsiavut in 2010.
The Department of Linguistics is visiting Happy
Valley-Goose Bay in early July to conduct translator training with
the Innu Nation.
Beatrice continues to invigilate exams for other
post-secondary institutions and we're excited to have recently
received a request from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
We are excited about having been awarded substantial grants to
upgrade infrastructure and facilities in North West River, Happy
Valley-Goose Bay, and Nain. Work is continuing on this front and we
look forward to the end result.