Dr. Martha MacDonald

Previous Associate DirectorDr. Martha MacDonald
Labrador Institute of Memorial University


2015, Doctor of Philosophy with distinction (Interdisciplinary), Memorial University.
Thesis title: "Inside Stories: Agency and Identity through Language Loss Narratives in Nunatsiavut".

1986, Master of Arts (Folklore Studies), Memorial University. Thesis title: “Group Identity in Social Gatherings: Tradition and Community on the Iona Peninsula, Cape Breton”.

1982, Bachelor of Arts, Honours (Canadian Studies), Mount Allison University. Thesis title: “History of the North British Society of Halifax: 1768-1982”.

1981, Diplôme superieur d’études françaises, Institut international d’études françaises, Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg


2010 Memorial University President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service
2010 Citizen of the Year Award, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
2006 Fine Arts Volunteer Award, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Grants awarded

2014 Interantional Grenfell Association: Labrador Perspectives on End of Life Care, with Nathaniel Pollock.

2013 Hibernia Project Cultural Book Program Fund
2008 International Polar Year: Training, Communications and Outreach: Two Windows on the Planet.

2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 International Grenfell Association, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council Literary Readings, Canada Council for the Arts, Community Economic Development Program: grants to support Labrador Creative Arts Festival.

2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Northern Research Development Grant; co-applicant with Dr. Tim Borlase: Labrador Exploration Symposium

2002-2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grant with Dr. Hans Rollmann: Moravian Inuit Education: A Legacy of LiteracyResearch and Teaching Interests


Fall 2015, Instructor, Introduction to Folklore, Inuit Bachelor of Education Program, Memorial University.

2003-2009 Instructor, Introduction to Folklore and Folklife Studies, College/University Transfer Year, College of the North Atlantic

Guest lecturer in Labrador Society and Culture and Community Studies courses

Lectures and Publications

MacDonlad, Martha, ed. (2015) The Man who Married a Beaver. Goose Bay: Labrador Institute of Memorial University. (Innu-aimun and English).

MacDonald, Martha (2014). English in Labrador: Demonstrating difference. Regional Language Studies...Newfoundland, 25.

MacDonald, Martha, ed. 2010. Very Rough Country: Proceedings of the Labrador Explorations Symposium. Goose Bay: Labrador Institute of Memorial University.

MacDonald, Martha, ed. 2010. The Polar Bear in the Rock. Goose Bay: Labrador Institute of Memorial University. (first edition was translated into Inuttut, second edition into Innu-aimun)

“Learning in Labrador.” Labrador Life 4: 1 (Winter 2009-2010) 30-31.

Book review of Great Heart: the History of a Labrador Adventure. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 22:2 (Fall 2007) 557-561.

Book review of The Story of Labrador. Sunday Independent. (April 2003).

Introduction, Them Days Magazine 29: 2 (Winter 2005) 3-4.
Introduction, Snowblind and Sealfinger:Stories of Early Labrador Medicine. Goose Bay, Labrador: Them Days 1988.

1997-1998: Weekly folklore columnist on CBC Radio Noon, Newfoundland and Labrador
“Prominent Figures from our Recent Past: Peenamin McKenzie [1873-1962].” Newfoundland Quarterly Fall 1991-Winter 1992, Vo. 87 (1), p. 27.

Encyclopaedia of Newfoundland: articles on Labrador

“The Cape Breton Ceilidh.” Culture and Tradition 12 (1988) 76-85.
“A is for Alphabet Songs: Comments on Structure and Function.” Culture and Tradition 9 (1985) 58-65.

Martha has lived in Labrador since 1988 and has been employed with the Labrador Institute since 1999. She volunteers in the arts community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and has a long-term interest in Labrador culture and history.


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