Research under this theme relates to the pre-history and history of Aboriginal peoples, as well as to contemporary issues and opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador, nationally and internationally.

Key research areas include education, languages, society, culture, human rights, gender, literature, religion, ethics, politics, and social and economic development; contemporary issues around resource development, land claims, climate change, health, physical activity, and community development; indigenous expressive culture; youth engagement relating to social policy, social participation and youth programs; Northern Labrador climate change, resource development, transportation, new national parks, and collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government; and traditional knowledge of Aboriginal peoples and its relation to contemporary issues.


Inuit Metis project honoured

Dr. Lisa Rankin is a true multi-tasker. Not only is she wrapping up a year’s stint as acting dean of arts, she has accomplished this feat while maintaining an active research profile as the principal investigator of a five-year Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project on the Inuit Métis of southern Labrador.

Between packing up for her fourth summer on a dig off the coast of Cartwright, Dr. Rankin recently made a brief visit to Portugal to participate in the third International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development. Her paper, The Labrador Métis and The Politics of Identity, co-written with Dr. Amanda Crompton, was selected from a field of 220 papers as one of the top 10 at the conference and as such will be published in the International Journal of Heritage and Sustainable Development later this year. See More...

Cultural preservation from a scientist?

John Wejitu Jeddore is a scientist, but he also happens to be an activist for Mi’kmaq culture.

The disciplines may seem to come from different worlds, but Mr. Jeddore is seeking a way to interweave the two after he walks away with his B.Sc. in biochemistry this spring.

“I did folklore years ago with Janice Tulk, who has a large interest in Mi’kmaq culture and that definitely influenced me with regards to sharing my culture,” said Mr. Jeddore, who produces a Mi’kmaq word of the day video series on his YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/dontsleepsound?ob=0&feature=results_main

He believes that although it seems unlikely, cultural awareness is something he’d like to implement in his career. He’s hoping to pursue medicine, where he would focus on cultural sensitivity. 

“Many of our elders are not comfortable seeing doctors because they fear being persecuted for using traditional medicines – and this comes from a lack of education on both ends of the spectrum. I think sharing my experiences with others in that discipline can help see them from an aboriginal person’s point of view, but I could also speak with these elders and try to share my knowledge of Western medicine with them so we could have a better doctor-patient relationship.” See More...

A collaborative approach to food security in Labrador

Rachel Hirsch, the 2012 post-doctoral research fellow at the Labrador Institute, is learning something new every day from her co-workers in Nain.

“I try to approach new situations with my "eyes wide open" and to expect the unexpected … as I learn and meet new people I feel more connected to a place,” she said. “Everyone I have met – both in Goose Bay and Nain – has been more than somewhat extraordinary. My co-workers at the Nain Research Centre are some of the most dedicated, hard-working people I have ever met. I feel very blessed.

” Dr. Hirsch is focusing her efforts on helping to develop and evaluate a pilot youth outreach program in Nain through the Nain Research Centre and Community Freezer Program (CFP). See More...



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