September & October 2009

Summer 2009 has come and gone. With the onset of Fall, the Labrador Institute has welcomed the new academic semester. Fall 2009 is sure to be an exciting season at the LI!

We’ve said “goodbye” to our summer students as they have returned to school. Carmen Lyall has begun her first semester after being formally admitted into MUN’s Faculty of Business and is continuing her studies here in Happy Valley-Goose Bay via live course offerings and distance education. Shawn Bisson has returned Sherbrook, QC to start his third year in Bishop's University's Music and Drama program Good luck to both Shawn and Carmen in the upcoming school year!

Karen Pottle-Fewer recently joined the LI as Program Coordinator in the Labrador West office. We’re excited to have this new addition to our team and we look forward to working with Karen. Welcome aboard!

Damián Castro and Carolina Tytelman are continuing their work on their respective GradSWEP Projects. Through a partnership between the Division of Lifelong Learning, GradSWEP, the Sheshatshiu Band Council, and the Labrador Institute, Damián is offerering various computer courses to the Band Council in Sheshatshiu. Carolina is working on climate change research through a partnership between GradSWEP, LI, and the Department of Geography. Carolina is also offering Introduction to Folklore through the College of the North Atlantic’s Comprehensive Arts & Science Transfer: College-University program.

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. Among those are: Dr. Trevor Bell, MUN Geography; Dr. Hans Rollmann, MUN Department of Religious Studies; Dr. Derek Wilton, MUN Earth Sciences; Dr. Suzanne Mills, SWGC Environmental Studies.

Dr. Lisa Rankin and her research team have begun their CURA funded research project titled: "Understanding the Past to Build the Future". Images of Dr. Marianne Stopp’s dig in Labrador are available online by clicking here.

Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie of MUN’s Department of Linguistics was recently in Happy Valley-Goose Bay conducting translator training with the Innu Nation.

The Division of Lifelong Learning will be offering three day-long courses in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on October 5, 6, and 7. These courses are core requirements for LLL’s Certificate in Leadership. The courses are: Time Management: Getting the Most Out of Your Day, Communication with Difficult People, and High-Impact Presentation Skills. They will be facilitated by Don Crickard.

For those interested in the environment, natural resources, and global sustainability, the LI will be broadcasting a lecture by Dr. Ray Hilborn, a specialist in natural resource management and conservation and a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science at the University of Washingon. This lecture is part of the 2009 Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability (DAGS). The DAGS series is sponsored by Memorial University. Dr. Hilborn’s public lecture, titled “Maintaining fishing communities – harvest strategies and allocation methods” will be in the form of a webcast originating from St. John’s and will be broadcast in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in room 250 of the College of the North Atlantic on Sept. 17 at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Martha, Jennifer, and Karen will be attending various meetings in St. John’s this month. Among those are meetings with representatives from Alumni Affairs, Student Recruitment, Academic Advising, and DELT.

Ron will be heading to Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax at the end of the month to take part in the 2009 Policy Colloquium, Building Policy 4 the Social Economy.

From October 5-7, Keith will be in Cartwright to take part in Southeastern Aurora Development Corporation Economic Summit. The Cartwright Economic Summit will identify best projects to pursue for much needed new jobs. The first day will begin by focusing on tourism while day two will target forestry, oil and gas and other industries reliant on efficient transportation networks.

Martha is currently working with the Nunatsiavut Government to offer foundation course for on a professional training initiative. She is also continuing work on her books with Derek and Jennifer.

Keith, Carolina, and Damián are beginning an interdisciplinary research project titled: “Interactions Between Traditional Knowledge and Science in Labrador. Keith is also working with Andrea Proctor on a book chapter which focuses on Inuit Land Use. Keith continues to sit on the Lower Churchill Environmental Assessment Panel.

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).

The LI continues to support the Aboriginal Initiatives Task Force with logistics and advice.

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. As well, the LI has new funding proposals under development with various partners and collaborators. These upcoming projects, if funded, will be primarily research related.