The Innu Research Exchange is a collaboration between the Innu Nation and Memorial University. The purpose is to engage with community members in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish to foster awareness of past research connected to Innu lands and people in Labrador and to identify research priorities relative to existing datasets of Innu knowledge and for future Innu Nation research. This will be achieved through three objectives and will lay a foundation for Research in Support of Innu Inniun – a 3-year research agreement between the Innu Nation and Memorial University.
Objective 1: Community Dialogues
A heritage forum in January 2020 showed that Innu have a strong interest in research related to Innu lands and people. Objective 1 will engage Innu in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish in dialogue about research related to Innu history, culture, and lands to describe past experiences with research, and to identify priorities for Innu-led research.
Objective 2: Research Summaries
Research related to the culture, history and lands of the Innu and their ancestors has been ongoing in Labrador for a century. Objective 2 will produce non-technical audio/video summaries of past research outcomes prioritized in Objective 1 and make them available to community members and Memorial researchers.
Objective 3: Research Relationships
The Innu Nation has expressed a desire to engage with researchers at Memorial University to advance research on existing datasets of Innu knowledge, and to develop new research programs. Objective 3 will identify researchers at Memorial with skillsets related to the research priorities identified by community members through Objective 1 and facilitate their introduction to Innu Nation staff and leadership, and to community members in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish.