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.

The LRF 2022 will include presentations on all types of research related to Labrador and Northern futures, from the natural sciences, health sciences, social sciences, humanities, and trans- and multi-disciplinary projects. Presentation topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • 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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