Office of the Registrar
General Information (2019/2020)
11.14 Labrador Institute

  • Director
  • Cunsolo, A., Ph.D. Guelph

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Purpose And Mandate

The Labrador Institute is a leading centre of research, education, outreach, and policy, by and for the North. As a division of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Labrador Institute is one of the few university based units in Canada dedicated solely to the needs and priorities of the North. Since 1979, the Labrador Institute has worked to bring the resources and expertise of Memorial University of Newfoundland to Labrador, and the priorities and local knowledge and sciences of Labrador to the University.

The Labrador Institute currently has four remote locations servicing the region: a central core in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (HVGB) (central Labrador) including offices, research space, and a library and Labrador-based archives; a new state-of-the-art research station and laboratories, including analytic and prep labs, in North West River (30 minutes from HVGB); an office in Labrador City (western Labrador); and a research hub in Forteau (southern Labrador).

With a focus on Northern-led, Northern-focused, and Northern-inspired research and education, the Labrador Institute has a diverse complement of staff members, including faculty members, scientists, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, program coordinators, and administrative specialists, as well as a range of students, visiting researchers, research assistants, and interns. Since the Labrador Institute is situated on the homelands of the Innu and Inuit, the Institute also has a special obligation to the Indigenous peoples of the region, and works in partnership on research and education programming, outreach activities, and strategic planning.


The Director of the Labrador Institute reports to the Provost/Vice-President (Academic)/Pro Vice-Chancellor.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Institute by e-mail to, in writing to the Labrador Institute, P.O. Box 490, Station B, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, A0P 1E0, or by telephone at (709) 896-6210, or by fax at (709) 896-2970.