Summer 2008

Mark Turner, a PhD candidate with the University of Toronto, is conducting research on Labrador Film history. He will be digitizing the Labrador Institutes film/video collection starting the week of August 18, 2008. Once completed the material will be available for research and education purposes. Thanks Mark!

Ossie Michelin, recent graduate of Concordia University (Bachelor of Journalism), has been hired to digitize the LI archival photo collection. Once completed the material will be available for research and education purposes. Ossie will be completed his work term at the end of August, and will then be undertaking French Language Studies with CEGEP in Montreal. Good Luck Ossie!

Mary Ellen Wright, Archivist with the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives, will be assisting Labrador Institute staff with its archival collection (audio, reports, etc) during the week of August 11 – 16th. Thanks Mary Ellen!

Damian Castro and Carolina Tytleman (PhD candidates MUN Anthropology) will be returning to Labrador to continue their research with the Innu of Sheshashiu. Both Carolina and Damian have been working out of the LI office since January 2008. Damian and Carolina have 2 small children and are originally from Argentina. Welcome back!

Andrea Procter (PhD candidate MUN anthropology) and her husband Dr. Jamie Skidmore (MUN English) will be ending their stay with the LI at the end of August, Andrea will continue to conduct her research on co-management systems arising from the Labrador Inuit Land claim agreement from St. John’s. We will be sad to see Andrea, Jamie and their daughter Layla go, you are all welcome back any time!

Chris Guindon, 5th year student in Bachelor Music - Bachelor Music Education (MUN school of Music) is working out of one of the Labrador Institute's offices this summer. He was hired by the Moravian Church to catalogue their collection of Moravian Church documents dating back at least to the early 20th century. Chris will end his work term at the end of August. Chris hopes to return to Labrador to teach music with the Labrador school board. Good luck Chris!

The Labrador Institute has received funding from IPY to write a children's book looking at Inuit mythology and scientific explanations of creation and land formation, background research will be commencing in August. Congratulations to Linda, Martha and Derek on their successful proposal!

A number of researchers and graduate students from MUN (and other Universities) are passing through our offices on route to their field summer camps where they will be conduct climate change research, these include study sites in the Torngat, Meally and Red Wine mountains. Safe travels everyone!

Alumni Affairs are hoping to host an appreciation event for first year Memorial students in Goose Bay mid-august. Lets cross our fingers!

LI staff have been assisting Dr. Tom Gordon secure funding for Memorial's School of Music Brass Band to do a Tour of northern Labrador. If successful the tour will commence in September. Go Tom!

The 10th annual Big Land Fair is scheduled for September 11 - 13. Each year the harvest season is celebrated and gardeners, farmers and cooks display the best produce grown in and central Labrador. Drop by for a visit!

Labrador canoe regatta is scheduled to take place August 2-4, in Goose Bay. Go Paddlers!

The re-drafted mission and mandate for the Labrador Institute was approved by the Board of Regents on July 17, 2008. Thanks BoR!

Dr. Keith Chaulk was appointed as an adjunct professor with MUN Biology, on July 23, 2008, the appointment is for a 3 year period with possibility of extension. Congrats Keith!

The Labrador Institute web page was recently updated for the first time in many years! Thanks to Beth Ryan for all her help and training! Thanks Also to Hasan Tretina, and the Labrador Institute staff!!

Scott Neilsen, PhD candidate with Memorial's Department of Archaeology has recently joined the ranks of the Labrador Institute. This fall Scott will be teaching a college university transfer course entitled: Labrador history and society at the Goose Bay campus. This course will also be offered via distance learning to Labrador West.

Long time Institute employee and valued member of the Institute team Martha MacDonald will also be teaching a college university transfer course in Folklore, this course is also delivered to Labrador West using distance education technologies.

The Labrador Institute continues to provide logistical support to Memorial School of Music proposed brass band tour. We are awaiting announcements on external funding sources and we continue to be optimistic this project will proceed this fall. Dr. Tom Gordon is project lead.

In late October, Labrador Institute staff will once again attend the annual general meeting of ACUNS (Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies). LI continues to be the main contact for Memorial on this file.

Labrador Institute staff will also participate in Memorial's Knowledge Mobilization workshop to be held in St. John's in October and hosted by the Harris Center.

The search for the Labrador Institute's Associate Director of Education and Training continues, hopefully a candidate will be selected by late fall.