Indigenous and Northern leadership

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As one of the few university-based units in the North, the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Labrador Campus are dedicated to providing Indigenous-led and Northern-inspired research and education opportunities in Labrador, while simultaneously connecting with researchers, leaders, and educational institutions across the North.

Now is a key time in the region, with learners from across multiple generations looking for educational opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills, and leadership capacities at home, and in the context of continued economic growth opportunities.

Governance structure

The School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies Constitution follows the structures and processes of other academic constitutions at Memorial, but also includes representatives from the Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, and NunatuKavut Community Council as members on the Academic Council. This means, for the first time, Indigenous representatives outside of the University can participate, with voting privileges, on academic matters of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies.

This type of embedded governance structure is a form of relational accountability to the peoples, lands, and waters of Labrador. Including Indigenous governments in the academic decision-making of School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies will enable Memorial to design and offer programming that is Northern-led and Northern-focused.