2019 LRF


LRF 2019 agenda overview.

LRF 2019 detailed agenda.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eve Tuck

“Research on our own terms”

In this presentation, Dr. Eve Tuck covered the settler colonial roots of academic research, and reflected on the ways that Indigenous peoples have worked to move what counts as research away from those harmful and exploitative imperatives. She shared examples of Indigenous research in order to describe how communities have crafted research on their own terms.

This presentation took seriously the idea that Indigenous peoples have always been researchers, at the same time that some forms of research have been used as to extend and justify settler colonialism. The audience was encouraged to think about how communities have already been doing research on their own terms, and considered how Indigenous peoples’ time and energy might meaningfully attend to growing and sustaining the kinds of research practices that bring about the futures they desire.

Book Launch

Elder Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue

Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive” 

Labrador Innu cultural and environmental activist Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue is well-known both within and far beyond the Innu Nation. The recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, she has been a subject of documentary films, books, and numerous articles. She led the Innu campaign against NATO’s low-level flying and bomb testing on Innu land during the 1980s and ’90s, and was a key respondent in a landmark legal case in which the judge held that the Innu had the “colour of right” to occupy the Canadian Forces base in Goose Bay, Labrador. Over the past twenty years she has led walks and canoe trips in nutshimit, “on the land,” to teach people about Innu culture and knowledge.

Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive began as a diary written in Innu-aimun, in which Tshaukuesh recorded day-to-day experiences, court appearances, and interviews with reporters. Tshaukuesh has always had a strong sense of the importance of documenting what was happening to the Innu and their land. She also found keeping a diary therapeutic, and her writing evolved from brief notes into a detailed account of her own life and reflections on Innu land, culture, politics, and history.

Beautifully illustrated, this work contains numerous images by professional photographers and journalists as well as archival photographs and others from Tshaukuesh’s own collection.


Plenary I: Indigenous Research & Governance Ethics

Dr. Julie Bull, Dr. Paul McCarney, and Peter Penashue

Moderated by Dr. Debbie Martin

Plenary II: Arts, Culture, and Research in Labrador

Aimee Chaulk, Mina Campbell, and Inez Shiwak

Moderated by Catharyn Andersen

Plenary III: Youth Perspectives and Suggestions for Labrador Research

Michelle Saunders, Abigail Poole, and Jennelle Doyle

Moderated by Matthew Pike

%d bloggers like this: