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 Report. Click here to download the PDF.

We recently hired two summer students to conduct work on our collection and participate in our SERNNoCA project. Carmen Lyall, 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. Shawn Bisson, 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 to offer the Band Council various computer courses. Carolina Tytelman 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 and Damián Castro, 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 Dalsbø, a graduate student at the University of Tromsø 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! Congratulations!

ExpoLabrador was great this year. We had participation from Elaine Healey of the Division of Lifelong Learning, Rebecca Newhook from Co-operative Education, and Dr. Shree Mulay from Community 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, Martha, Jennifer, Beatrice, and Carmen also 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 Communications for providing promotional items to compliment our booth!

Keith is currently working with Andrea Proctor on a book chapter which focuses on Inuit Land Use. Meanwhile, Martha is continuing work on her books with Derek and Jennifer.

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 education.

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.