The Labrador Research Forum (LRF) is a biennial forum dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience, and innovations about diverse research happening in Labrador. At the centre of the Forum, and infusing its organization, is a spirit of partnership and the celebration of the diversity of knowledges in this land. The forum provides a space to promote and strengthen research from Labrador communities, organizations, government, and academia and to share, learn, and collaborate on one another’s projects and perspectives. It is an essential part of the ongoing dialogue across communities and academia about what research should look like in Labrador and across the North, to whom it must be responsible, and what it can accomplish.
Our theme for this year’s research forum is Arctic and Subarctic Futures. The motivation for this theme is to provide a space in which to ask critical questions about future impacts/future outcomes of research in Labrador and the North, on how place and peoples situate the way research is approached, and to collectively, collaboratively, and respectfully develop a dialogue about what Arctic and Subarctic futures could look like. With lessons learned from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and with the continued environmental crises witnessed across the North, it is an ideal moment to reassess our research motivations, to ask what types of research are needed to respond to community needs and priorities, and to learn from Indigenous researchers and leaders in the North.
All types of research related to Labrador and North futures, such as research related to the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, humanities, community-focused, Indigenous-led, trans- and multi-disciplinary projects, are encouraged. Submissions can be related to, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Circumpolar research;
- Northern and Indigenous health and wellness;
- Lands and waters, flora and fauna;
- Energy and infrastructure in the North;
- Learning in culture and language;
- Indigenous leadership in research;
- Indigenous and Northern research theories, methods, and ethics;
- Arctic and Subarctic advocacy, leadership, and self-determination;
- Post-pandemic recovery; and
- Northern food systems, food sovereignty, and food security.
NunatuKavut Community Council
Torngat Wildlife, Plants, and Fisheries Secretariat
Labrador North Chamber of Commerce