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A Nunatsiavut Field Guide to the Birds of Labrador


Memorial University

As Newfoundland and Labrador's only university, Memorial has a special obligation to the people of this province, and the Indigenous Peoples that have always called this place home. The university was founded as a memorial to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who lost their lives in the World Wars. Its mission then, as it is now, is to help build a better future for the province, and the world.

The university's motto Provehito in Altum (Launch forth into the deep), captures the adventurous spirit of research here, which pushes the boundaries of understanding and ways of knowing.

Memorial recognizes the need to work with Indigenous people in the province; their ways of knowing and communicating have been enriching knowledge and understanding at Memorial for many years. Through its strategic research themes the university has committed to researching both Aboriginal Peoples and Arctic and Northern Regions. This has reaffirmed Memorial's commitment to strengthening its understanding of Nunatsiavut and the Labrador Inuit.

Founded in 1925, with nearly 20,000 students spread across four campuses throughout the province, Memorial is in a unique position not only to engage in research with Labrador Inuit, but also to collaborate with Inuit researchers working in their own communities. With over half a century of Inuit-themed research, Memorial has developed deep multigenerational relationships within Nunatsiavut. The Tradition & Transition Partnership is a further continuation and formalization of this relationship.

Researchers from Memorial have worked with Labrador Inuit extensively across a variety of fields; from archeology, to translation, to tourism. Many researchers from Memorial have become part of the community in Nunatsiavut and their work helps to enrich Labrador Inuit with a better understanding of themselves.

A lot of Labrador Inuit specific research is conducted at Memorial's Labrador Institute in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The Institute has been used as a venue to provide dedicated post-secondary training to Nunatsiavut nurses, social workers, and teachers.

Many Nunatsiavut students attend university at Memorial University. The university has recently created a special President's Advisory committee on Aboriginal Affairs, which will review and move forward Indigenous education, helping the university create awareness around Indigenous Peoples. The university has also developed a certificate in Aboriginal Studies, and has announced plans to construct a culturally safe space for Indigenous students.