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SASS faculty

Sylvia Moore, Assistant Professor
Sylvia Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies & Faculty of Education

Scott Neilsen, Assistant Professor
Scott Neilsen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies & Department of Archaeology 


Arn Keeling

Arn Keeling, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography; Cross-Appointment with School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

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Lisa Rankin, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Archeaology; Cross-Appointment with School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Adjunct appointments

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Thomas Piggott, M.D., M.Sc.

Medical Officer of Health, Labrador-Grenfell; Adjunct Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Nat Pollock, Adjunct professor
Nathaniel Pollock, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Research Associate, Labrador Institute; Adjunct Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

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Alex Sawatzky, Ph.D.

Special Projects Manager, Labrador Institute; Adjunct Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

SASS faculty

Sylvia Moore, Ph.D.

Sylvia Moore, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor
Departmental Appointments: School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Faculty of Education

Sylvia Moore, Ph.D., is an educator, mental health professional, and assistant professor jointly appointed to the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Faculty of Education, Memorial University. She is based at the Labrador Institute but her Mi’kmaw family’s roots are in southwestern Nova Scotia.

Sylvia is the former faculty lead for Memorial’s teacher education programs in Labrador. The Inuit Bachelor of Education (IBED) was an Inuit-specific pre-service program that infused Inuit culture, knowledge and values into the teacher education curriculum. The Labrador MEd cohort engaged both Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers in critically examining curriculum and pedagogy through decolonizing and Indigenizing lenses. Through the partnership between Memorial University and Nunavut Arctic College, Sylvia mentors instructors in the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, and promotes culturally relevant pedagogies and curricula.

Her community-based research is in the areas of Indigenous-led education and decolonizing/Indigenizing education at all levels. In her role as the Atlantic Canada Research Co-lead for the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education, Sylvia has contributed to the establishment and growth of the organization. She is a member of the University of the Arctic's Thematic Network for Teacher Development, Diversity, and Social Justice. She presents and publishes on decolonizing pedagogies, Indigenous teacher education, land-based learning, language rejuvenation, Indigenous identity, and policies impacting inclusion in the Circumpolar North.

Sylvia sits on numerous university committees including those leading the Indigenization and decolonization of the academy.

Email: sylvia.moore@mun.ca

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Scott Neilsen, Assistant ProfessorScott Neilsen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Coordinator, Certificate in Indigenous Studies
Departmental Appointments: School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies and the Department of Archaeology
Cross-Appointment: Grenfell, Socio-Cultural Studies

Dr. Scott Neilsen’s research interests at this time are connected to his supervision of graduate students, and relationships he has with various heritage stakeholders in Labrador and Newfoundland. This includes research related to Innu, Inuit and Mi’Kmaq archaeological history, Indigenous and co-management of cultural and natural resources, the decolonization of archaeology and academia, repatriation, critical theory, contemporary archaeology, digital archaeology, and cultural resources management policies and practices.

These interests and Scott’s experiences living and learning in Labrador, where he practice applied archaeology in cooperation with local communities (e.g. Sheshatshiu Archaeology Project) and organizations (e.g Birch Island Archaeological Project), have led him to set-up the Laboratory for Applied Archaeological Research and Community Heritage, otherwise known as LARCH. This interdisciplinary lab is dedicated to supporting individuals, communities, not-for-profit organizations, and local governments with research related to archaeological history, community heritage, and tangible and intangible cultural resources. It is housed at the Labrador Institute Research Station in North West River, and is supported by Memorial’s new School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies, graduate and undergraduate students, community researchers, and in-formal and formal project-specific partnerships.

Email: scott.neilsen@mun.ca
Office: Labrador Institute Research Station, North West River

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Headshot of Arn Keeling, Professor of GeographyArn Keeling, Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, Department of Geography
Cross-Appointment with the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

My research and publications focus on the environmental-historical geography of Western and Northern Canada. In recent years, my research has explored the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments. I was co-investigator on a multi-site, multi-year SSHRC project examining abandoned mines in Northern Canada and I am leading a new SSHRC project investigating the historical-geography of pollution and contaminants in Northern Canada. I am also interested in historical-geographical approaches to environmental science, political ecology and environmental justice. I have previously written on topics including domestic and industrial pollution, environmental politics, and the history of the conservation/environmental movement. I also serve as co-editor of the journal, Historical Geography (2015-20).

To find a list of Arn's research publications, click here
Email: akeeling@mun.ca
Twitter: @Arn_Keeling

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Adjunct appointments

Headshot of Nathaniel Pollock, Research AssociateNathaniel Pollock, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Research Associate, Labrador Institute
Adjunct Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Nathaniel (Settler, he/him) is a research associate in the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies at the Labrador Institute. Through this role, he works collaboratively with Indigenous governments and health and social care agencies in Labrador and elsewhere in the Circumpolar North on research, post-secondary education, and program and policy development projects. Nathaniel completed a Master’s of Social Work at Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Community Health at Memorial University.

As an interdisciplinary public health scholar, Nathaniel uses mixed methods and community-based approaches to research. His interests include suicide prevention and mental health promotion, health services, and child and family health, particularly in rural, northern, and Indigenous communities. He previously taught courses in health research methods and northern and rural health, and has supervised graduate students in social work and public health.

Nathaniel is currently serving as the Vice President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and the International Union of Circumpolar Health. He lived in Happy Valley-Goose Bay from 2011 to 2017. He currently lives in St. John’s with his partner and three children.

To find Nathaniel’s research publications, visit: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=j65NpCIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Email: nathaniel.pollock@med.mun.ca
Twitter: @njpollock

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Headshot of Alex Sawatzky, Special Projects ManagerAlex Sawatzky, Ph.D.
Special Projects Manager, Labrador Institute
Adjunct Professor, School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies

Alex Sawatzky, Ph.D. (Settler, she/her), is an interdisciplinary researcher and artist who collaborates with communities, researchers, and organizations to co-create and mobilize knowledge. She engages visual methods and tools that are driven by relational approaches to research, centering community voices and knowledge to ensure research, and research communication works with and for the people it serves to benefit.

For the past six years, Alex has been working in partnership with Inuit in Labrador on community-led climate change adaptation projects. During her PhD, she worked with the community of Rigolet to develop the foundation for a place-based, Inuit-led environment and health monitoring system that works with and for Inuit.

In her current capacity as Special Projects Manager for the Labrador Institute, Alex is working with key partners and leaders in Labrador and Memorial to manage the strategic development of the Pye Centre for Northern Boreal Food Systems. She is also leading and supporting projects and activities related to the Labrador Campus development and transition, including the strategic growth and development of educational programming, research initiatives, and infrastructural developments.

Alex also owns and operates her own freelance art and design practice, specializing in mobilizing science and research into visual forms, and enhancing science communication. She currently lives in Guelph, Ontario with her partner and dog.

To learn more about Alex’s art and design practice, visit: www.alex-sawatzky.com
Email: asawatzky@mun.ca
Twitter: @_asawatzky

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