Associate Director of Education and Training
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Office: Room 112A
College of the North Atlantic, HV-GB Campus
Tel: (709) 896-6213
Fax: (709) 896-2970
1986 Master of Arts (Folklore Studies), Memorial University. Thesis title: “Group Identity in Social Gatherings: Tradition and Community on the Iona Peninsula, Cape Breton.”
1982 Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Canadian Studies), Mount Allison University. Thesis title: “History of the North British Society of Halifax: 1768-1982.”
1981 Diplôme superieur d’études françaises, Institut international d’études françaises, Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg
- 2010 Memorial University President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service
- 2010 Citizen of the Year Award, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
- 2006 Fine Arts Volunteer Award, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
- 2008 International Polar Year: Training, Communications and Outreach: Two Windows on the Planet.
- 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 International Grenfell Association, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council Literary Readings, Canada Council for the Arts, Community Economic Development Program: grants to support Labrador Creative Arts Festival.
- 2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Northern Research Development Grant; co-applicant with Dr. Tim Borlase: Labrador Exploration Symposium
- 2002-2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grant with Dr. Hans Rollmann: Moravian Inuit Education: A Legacy of LiteracyResearch and Teaching Interests
Research and Teaching Interests
Martha's current research interest is in the narratives told about the loss of Labrador Inuttut. She is examining the stories people tell about why they or their families and communities stopped using the language, and how these accounts have changed over time. Her thesis will look at aspects of these stories including the influence of literacy on language loss and retention, the change in identity and Aboriginal self-identification in Labrador, and the influence of the Moravian Missionaries on the education of the Inuit.
- 2003-2009 Instructor, Introduction to Folklore and Folklife Studies, College/University Transfer Year, College of the North Atlantic
- Guest lecturer in Labrador Society and Culture and Community Studies courses
Lectures and Publications:
- MacDonald, Martha, ed. Very Rough Country: Proceedings of the Labrador Explorations Symposium. Goose Bay: Labrador Institute of Memorial University, 2010.
- MacDonald, Martha, ed. The Polar Bear in the Rocks. Goose Bay: Labrador Institute of Memorial University, 2010. (first edition was translated into Inuttut, second edition into Innu-aimun)
- “Learning in Labrador.” Labrador Life 4: 1 (Winter 2009-2010) 30-31.
- Book review of Great Heart: the History of a Labrador Adventure. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 22:2 (Fall 2007) 557-561.
- Book review of The Story of Labrador. Sunday Independent. (April 2003).
- Introduction, Them Days Magazine 29: 2 (Winter 2005) 3-4.
- Introduction, Snowblind and Sealfinger:Stories of Early Labrador Medicine. Goose Bay, Labrador: Them Days 1988.
- 1997-1998: Weekly folklore columnist on CBC Radio Noon, Newfoundland and Labrador
- “Prominent Figures from our Recent Past: Peenamin McKenzie [1873-1962].” Newfoundland Quarterly Fall 1991-Winter 1992, Vo. 87 (1), p. 27.
- Encyclopaedia of Newfoundland: articles on Labrador
- “The Cape Breton Ceilidh.” Culture and Tradition 12 (1988) 76-85.
- “A is for Alphabet Songs: Comments on Structure and Function.” Culture and Tradition 9 (1985) 58-65.
Martha has lived in Labrador since 1988 and has been employed with the Labrador Institute since 1999. She volunteers in the arts community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and has a long-term interest in Labrador culture and history. Martha is currently working on an Interdisciplinary PhD program at Memorial University; her comprehensive exams were passed with distinction 2013.