In 2019, the Labrador Institute of Memorial University celebrated 40 years of a permanent research, education, and outreach presence in Labrador, and 60 years of university presence in Labrador.
For 60 years, Memorial University has maintained a presence in, and connection to, Labrador.
Originally arising from the university's Extension Service, the Labrador Institute has evolved into a vibrant division of the university, dedicated to meeting the needs and priorities of Labrador and the North, providing high-quality educational opportunities and leading-edge research.
While extension services began in 1959, by 1979 it became clear that there was a need for a permanent and year-round presence of Memorial University in Labrador.
With the development of the Labrador Institute of Northern Studies and a mandate for research and education guided by an emphasis upon community development, the Labrador Institute began its mission and mandate to become the Northern presence of Memorial University, and to bring the resources of the University to Labrador, and the needs, priorities, and cultures of Labrador to the University.
Current strategic pillars that support the work of the Labrador Institute include:
- Northern learning and leadership;
- Northern-led, Northern-inspired, and Northern-focused research;
- Community collaborations and connections; and
- Policy influencing and informing.
The Labrador Institute is currently undergoing a transition and transformation process to become a full Campus of Memorial University.
With the long-standing presence of the Labrador Institute, and the recent creation of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies in July 2019, the time is now to create a leading-edge Campus in Labrador that supports and creates global leaders in Northern-led and Northern-focused research, education, and innovation.