Labrador Research Forum 2022

Arctic and Subarctic Futures

The Labrador Research Forum is a biennial forum dedicated to sharing knowledge, experience, and innovations about work happening in Labrador, by Labrador, and for Labrador.

The forum provides a space to promote and strengthen diverse 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.

This year’s conference is being held online, from May 9th-12th, 2022.

Stay connected and get updates about the conference by following the Labrador Campus on Twitter @LabradorCampus, and using the hashtag #LRF2022 .

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Who should attend?

The Labrador Research Forum will bring together community members, government representatives and leaders, policy makers, students, researchers, and academics with an interest in research in Labrador. As a transdisciplinary event, we invite participation from a range of research fields including the natural sciences, social sciences, health sciences, and the humanities. 

We especially invite participation from communities, Indigenous organizations and governments, Northern organizations, government representatives, researchers, and scientists. Community-led research is particularly encouraged.

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The Planning and Scientific Committees are organizing a dynamic virtual program, including plenary sessions and keynotes, invited panels on ‘hot topics’, oral presentations, a poster session, and social activities.

The 2022 forum will also include virtual pre-conference workshops on language, crafting, and Indigenous and Northern research ethics, to be held on May 9th, 2022. A virtual pre-conference event on Indigenous and Northern health, co-organized with Labrador-Grenfell Health, will also run in conjunction with the pre-conference workshops.

The Labrador Research Forum is designed to be 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. It is also dedicated to encouraging and facilitating opportunities for networking and collaboration, particularly among trainees and mentors.

More information about the Program and the Keynote and Plenary Presenters will be coming soon.

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Conference theme

The 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.

We encourage submissions on all types of research related to Labrador and North futures, from the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, humanities, and trans- and multi-disciplinary projects. 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.
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