In 2016, the municipality of Happy Valley-Goose Bay adopted a new research policy, and extended a hand to academia to enter into collaborative and innovative partnerships. The objective was for the municipality to set priorities in consultation with local residents and through the research process create new knowledge for informed decision making at the municipal level. [File: Happy Valley – Goose Bay Research Policy]
I am excited that our town, and our neighbours in Mud Lake, North West River, and Sheshatshiu will now be hosting the Labrador Research Forum this February 15-18. The #LRF2017 is a new biennial initiative led by the Labrador Institute, in partnership with the Innu Nation, the Nunatsiavut Government, the NunatuKavut Community Corporation, the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Torngat Wildlife, Plants and Fisheries Secretariat, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. [Web Site: Labrador Research Forum]
If you are currently doing research in Labrador please submit an abstract by January 17, 2017. If you are a researcher interested in Labrador, this would be the forum to learn about the right pathways forward. Researchers are registering provincially, nationally, and internationally, and engaging by submitting abstracts for 5-minute research presentations, posters, concepts for idea-generating sessions, and question-posing sessions.
The goal of this first biennial conference is to bring researchers, students, community leaders, organizations, Indigenous governments, and government representatives together in dialogue. Through this co-learning and sharing of research taking place in Labrador we will undoubtedly be building a Northern-led research community.
Don’t forget to engage online through the #LRF2017 hashtag! Nakummek