Summer 2009 is proving to be a busy season for the Labrador
Institute. We have several upcoming projects, meetings, and
Dalhousie School of Social Work
will be visiting Happy
Valley-Goose Bay in mid-June to discuss their ongoing CURA project
entitled Pathways to Resilience
Dr. David Dibbon
, Dean of the Faculty of Education
at MUN, will be in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in mid-June to meet with
Innu and Inuit leaders to discuss teacher education.
Several researchers and research teams will be passing through
Happy Valley-Goose Bay this summer as they make their way to other
areas of the Big Land to conduct various studies. Among those is
, a graduate student at the
University of Tromsø in northern Norway. She will be
spending a month in Natuashish to conduct research for her
Master’s project in Indigenous Studies.
Our staff is continuing to grow! In April, Jennifer
was appointed to the Program Coordinator Position.
This position was previously filled by Martha MacDonald who is now
the Associate Director (Education and Programming). We will soon
have two summer students and two grad students working with us. Our
summer students will be working on our collection, as well as the
SERNNoCA project. Our two graduate students, will be working on
projects related to Labrador. One will be training the Sheshatshiu
Band Council staff in various computer courses, while the other
will be working on climate change research.
is continuing his work on the Lower
Churchill Environmental Assessment Project.
and Derek Wilton
– along with their team – are continuing to work on a
children's book looking at Inuit mythology and scientific
explanations of creation and land formation.
working on a book entitled Very Rough Country
which is a
collection of papers and presentations from the Labrador
that took place in North West River in
The LI was recently successful on two funding proposals. The first
was submitted jointly between the LI and the Nunatsiavut Government
and will be used to enhance research facilities and infrastructure
in the communities of North West River and Nain. This funding
(approximately $2.5 million) will allow for greater research
capacity in Labrador. The second funding proposal was submitted to
IPY and will be used to upgrade facilities in Happy Valley-Goose
Bay. This project is valued at approximately $58,000.
The Labrador Institute is continuing with various course offerings.
was recently in Happy Valley-Goose Bay
to instruct the Lifelong Learning courses in Effective
and Project Management
Wharram has returned to Happy Valley-Goose Bay again this
summer to teach an intersession course in Linguistics.
Damián Castro is also teaching in
intersession; his is an Anthropology course called
Aboriginal Peoples of North America.