School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies
With Senate approval in May 2020 and Board of Regents approval in July 2020, the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies (SASS) is Memorial’s newest academic unit, and the first in Labrador.
Its core mission is to develop and deliver place-based, Indigenous-led, and Northern-focused undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, and micro-credential opportunities, focused on meeting the needs and priorities of Labrador and the North.
SASS will offer Northern-led and Northern-focused undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programming that is responsive to the needs of the North, right here in Labrador.
For the first time, learners of all ages and interests in Labrador will be able to access opportunities to pursue collaborative, rigorous, interdisciplinary, Northern learning without leaving the region.
And while we are prioritizing meeting the needs and priorities of people in Labrador, we envision our programs will attract learners from throughout the Circumpolar North, as well as those in other locales interested in living and learning in the North.
The Labrador Campus is currently working with key partners in Labrador, Memorial University, and throughout the North to lead the development of SASS, oversee the creation of interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programming, and continue supporting the growth of the campus, including infrastructure design and curriculum development.
Uniquely, the School of Arctic and Subarctic studies is governed by an Academic Council which, for the first time at Memorial University, has voting representation from the three Indigenous governing organizations in Labrador. This means that all academic matters are governed by, and developed with, Indigenous leaders.
Stay up to date with our transition and transformation to a Labrador Campus that will support the educational aspirations of people in Labrador and the North.