Harris Centre Regional Workshop - Nunatsiavut

Lay Summary 

This workshop had two main goals: 1) promote Memorial University as a resource for regional policy and development throughout the province, and 2) stimulate discussion to generate future opportunities or research questions from the region. To facilitate this, participants aimed to identify opportunities for future collaboration in the areas of research, teaching and outreach within the region, between Memorial University and community stakeholders.

The regional workshop was held on Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Atsanik Lodge in Nain, NL. Forty-eight people attended the workshop. And attendees included faculty, graduate students and staff from Memorial University, as well as others from the Nunatsiavut Government, business and industry, communities, and community-based organizations.

The three themes of the workshop were:
Community wellbeing
-Provision of services, products, programs, and activities that promote both physical and mental health and wellness.
-Educational system issues, such as available services, effects of the Inuktitut immersion program, graduation rates, and enrollment in post-secondary education.
-Justice system concerns, including the court process, sentencing, rehabilitation of offenders, and effects that offenders have on community wellbeing.
-Preserving and promoting the unique cultural heritage of Labrador Inuit.
Sustainable economic development
-Supports, capacity, and ways for small businesses to develop and overcome barriers to success. -Opportunities for industry, such as mining and alternative energy, to develop in a sustainable way that respects both the environment and culture.
-Benefits for the region from business and industrial development, such as providing careers for local workers who would otherwise need to relocate or be unemployed.
Infrastructure advancement
-State of water quality and waste management services, and possible ways to improve them.
-Condition, maintenance, and development of transportation infrastructure, including roads, ferries, and airstrips.
-Access to adequate communications services, such as cell phone and internet coverage.
-Development of appropriate facilities and housing to serve the population.

During the morning portion of the workshop, several Memorial services and departments were introduced during the opening presentations, by Rob Greenwood, Executive Director of the Harris Centre and Public Engagement at Memorial University; Antony Card, Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research; and Amy Tucker, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator with the Harris Centre. The group also took in a presentation by Gary Mitchell, Minister of Education and Economic Development with the Nunatsiavut Government, who provided more context about the region's social and economic development. During the remainder of the morning, participants broke into groups based on the workshop's three themes. Everyone introduced themselves to the group and they got to know more about each other's work and interests. The Memorial faculty, staff and students described their interests and activities within their departments, faculties or centres. Participants from the region also introduced themselves and their interest in the theme being discussed. After lunch, groups returned to their break-out groups to focus on identifying potential new opportunities for Memorial to establish linkages and partnerships for future projects. These opportunities could be related to research, teaching or public engagement. A total of 39 follow-up opportunities identified at the workshop.

The workshop report can be found here.

8:00 -9:00 Breakfast & Workshop Registration
9:00 - 9:10 Welcomes; Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre, Tony Andersen, AngajukKack, Nain
9:10 - 9:20 Outline for the Day Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre
9:20 - 9:35 The Role of Memorial University in Regional Development Antony Card, Associate Vice-President (Grenfell Campus) Research
9:35 - 9:50 Nunatsiavut Profile and Priorities Gary Mitchell, Minister of Education and Economic Development, Nunatsiavut Government
9:50 - 10:00 Follow-Up Process for New Opportunities Amy Tucker, Harris Centre
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 12:00 Parallel Sessions: Current Memorial Activities in the Region
Participants discussed current activities in the region and discuss various Memorial departments/centres in break-out groups on the themes of community well-being, sustainable economic development and infrastructure advancement.
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:45 - 2:00 Parallel Sessions: New Opportunities
Discussion of potential new opportunities for collaboration based on regional priorities. Groups brainstormed new research questions, outreach/engagement activities, teaching opportunities etc., on the themes of community well-being, sustainable economic development and infrastructure advancement.
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:00 Report Back/Wrap-Up and Next Steps Facilitator: Rob Greenwood, Harris Centre

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Newfoundland and Labrador
Community Development
Economic Development
Labour and Employment
Local Knowledge
Regional Development
Rural Development
Start date 
1 May 2014
Partner Organization 
Nunatsiavut Government;
Aboriginal Resource Centre (MUN)
Amaguk Inn, Hopedale
AnânauKatiget Tumingit Regional Inuit Womens's Association
inittavik Inn, Rigolet
Town of Makkovik
Town of Nain
Office of Public Engagement, Rural Secretariat