Strategic priorities

The Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems at the Labrador Campus of Memorial University is a vibrant hub for food systems education, research, community connections, and wellness programming.

We offer programs, services, events, and activities that educate, connect, engage, and inspire sustainable agricultural practices, environmental stewardship, and equitable access to fresh and desired food.

We partner with local farmers and Indigenous governments and communities in Labrador, as well as academic, industry, and administrative leaders and organizations across the region and country, to elevate the importance of more sustainable Northern food systems. Together with our partners, we share a deep commitment to honouring and celebrating the relationships among land, people, and animals that strengthen and support thriving food systems.


The Pye Centre will serve as a centre of research, education, and training excellence to support, promote, and enhance food security, production, and distribution in all parts of Labrador.


Working together, through research and education, The Pye Centre will support and enhance:

  • Already-present local food networks;
  • Availability of fresh and desired foods;
  • Local food security and sovereignty; and
  • Health and wellbeing.


Our values are what shape our vision and goals; they inform why we do what we do, and guide how we do it. At the Pye Centre, our values are centred around:

  • Relevance for Labrador peoples and food systems;
  • Responsibility to peoples, lands, and waters;
  • Reciprocity among peoples, lands, and waters; and
  • Relational accountability among all those working with us to achieve our vision and goals.

Strategic priorities 2022-25

The Pye Centre’s strategic plan, From the Ground Up, describes who we are, what we do, and how we will grow forward, together. It reaffirms our common purpose and shared goals—the qualities that are essential to our future success—and provides guideposts to help in strategic decision-making.

Download and read From the Ground Up.

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