Sylvia is the former faculty lead for Memorial’s teacher education programs in Labrador. The Inuit Bachelor of Education (IBED) was an Inuit-specific pre-service program that infused Inuit culture, knowledge and values into the teacher education curriculum. The Labrador MEd cohort engaged both Indigenous and non-Indigenous teachers in critically examining curriculum and pedagogy through decolonizing and Indigenizing lenses. Through the partnership between Memorial University and Nunavut Arctic College, Sylvia mentors instructors in the Nunavut Teacher Education Program, and promotes culturally relevant pedagogies and curricula.
Her community-based research is in the areas of Indigenous-led education and decolonizing/Indigenizing education at all levels. In her role as the Atlantic Canada Research Co-lead for the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education, Sylvia has contributed to the establishment and growth of the organization. She is a member of the University of the Arctic's Thematic Network for Teacher Development, Diversity, and Social Justice. She presents and publishes on decolonizing pedagogies, Indigenous teacher education, land-based learning, language rejuvenation, Indigenous identity, and policies impacting inclusion in the Circumpolar North.