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Our Stories



Preserving Heritage, Promoting Tourism

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What's Happening

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June 18, 2017

Come Pulaking - Makkovik

June 21 & 22, 2017

Arctic Arts Summit - Harstad, Norway

July 19, 2017

Community Discussions on Media, Archives & Heritage - St. John's

Partners

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Adventure Canada provides the Partnership access to its vast communications network through its monthly newsletter and social media reach over the next two years. Adventure Canada provides tours to some of the most remote areas of Canada, and has developed a strong relationship with Nunatsiavut over the last 20 plus years. The tourism company pledges to use its vessels to transport people and supplies to remote field work locations.

Agvituk Sivumuak Society in Hopedale aids researchers with the rich knowledge of community members, it also provides formal access to the expertise of the Moravian Mission Complex and its employees. The Society has vast archives from the Moravian Mission in Hopedale detailing all aspects of Inuit and missionary life in the early years of the community. Tradition & Transition will work with Agvituk to digitize, upload and house these valuable insights into Nunatsiavut’s past.

Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution contributes the use of research vessel, Pitsiulak which has been instrumental in conducting research in Labrador since the 1970s. With more than four decades of community engaged archaeological research with the Labrador Inuit, the Smithsonian Institution is sharing its extensive collection of artefacts, photographs and writings to Tradition & Transition's digitization project. The institute will also partner with local researchers to publish various materials.

Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives (ANLA) provides archival training and mentoring for Nunatsiavut community members, administrators and other project participants. ANLA also provides advice in archival record-keeping, and in the development of a comprehensive digital archive of Labrador Inuit knowledge.

Concordia University - provides researchers, space, and funding to the Tradition & Transition Partnership. Concordia University is represented by Dr. Heather Igloliorte, the University Research Chair on Indigenous Art, who is providing expertise on Labrador Inuit Art.

The Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL) gives training to Nunatsiavummiut, and access to archival resources collected in Nunatsiavut, some items date back to the late 1800s.

Hudson's Bay Company Archives shares access to archival records from what is now Nunatsiavut, such as textual records, maps, and photographs dating back hundreds of years. HBCA archivists aide researchers in combing through their massive databank.

Labrador Creative Arts Festival (LCAF) donates access to its 40-year archive of scripts, photographs and administrative papers, as well as office space, and access to its programming and communications network.

Moravian Church in Newfoundland and Labrador  contributes access to its resources in the Moravian communities of Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik and HVGB. Researchers with Tradition & Transition help the Moravian Church with projects such as cemetery mapping and interpretation, and updating Inuktitut translations of the Bible.

My Word: Storytelling & Digital Media Lab creates a platform for Inuit to speak about community identity. The project began as a place for Labrador Inuit to voice concerns over climate change but has now expanded beyond that. The project provides audio-video equipment, and workshops to create digital stories. The community of Rigolet championed this project developing expertise in digital story telling that is being exported to other communities in Nunatsiavut.

OKâlaKatiget Society partners with Tradition & Transition in fulfilling its mandate of protecting and promoting Labrador Inuit language and culture. The OKalaKatiget Society will provide its decades' worth of audio and video materials for the Partnership's digital database program, as well as being an outlet for many of the stories that Tradition & Transition will be generating.

Parks Canada partners Tradition & Transition through its co-management relationship with the Labrador Inuit of the Torngat Mountains National Park. It is the Park's mandate to develop a better understanding of the relationship, and stewardship, between Inuit and the land. Parks Canada will provide charters, helicopter and boats to help researchers get to harder to reach destinations within the park.

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College shares the museum's 140 years of documentary and visual history of the Labrador Inuit. The college provides access to its digitized collection to the Tradition & Transition Partnership, and gives researchers access to its collections in the Arctic Museum.

The Rooms Corporation of NL gives support, training, and access to Provincial Museum's collections relating to Labrador Inuit for Tradition & Transitionresearchers. Over time, the Rooms will include archival material created by the partnership, and is providing guidance on the planning of the Illusuak Cultural Centre in Nain.

Them Days Archives and Publications will publish an article in relation to Tradition & Transition in each edition of the magazine during the life of the partnership. The magazine has been documenting Labrador's oral histories for over 40 years, and is providing access to its extensive archives and back issues, which detail Nunatsiavut's history in the words of its own people, many of whom have passed on.

University of Toronto, Department of Linguistics contributes space, financial support, resources and researchers to the Tradition & Transition Partnership. Representing the U of T in the partnership is Professor Alana Johns, who will be conducting linguistic research and advising other participants on language revitalization projects.

Université de Montréal, Institut de recherche en biologie végétale gives researchers, materials and the use of lab space and equipment to study Labrador Inuit traditional knowledge of plant use, and how this is being affected by climate change. Alan Cuerrier represents U de M in the partnership, and will be conducting research across Nunatsiavut.

Western University provides researchers with financial support and travel. Dr. Christopher Alcantara is the university's representative and will be providing research into the development leadership practices and governance in Nunatsiavut.

White Elephant Museum Inc. shares archival material, space, and local expertise from the people of Makkovik. Researchers will digitize and inventory the museum's archives, provide training in archiving to community members, and establish a database of burial records for the community graveyard.