A one day symposium in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and the establishment of the Nunatsiavut Government took place this morning.
The engaging event brought together Labrador Inuit and academic researchers in conversations around different forms of leadership.
“Traditions of Labrador Inuit Leadership: A Dialogue” took place in Nain this morning at the Pulâpvik Community Room in the Parks Canada Building, from 9 am to 12 pm.
Tom Gordon, Professor Emeritus, Memorial University School of Music, facilitated the event.
There were presentations on the Nunatsiavut Land Claims Agreement- past, present, and future- from Chris Alcantara, Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfred Laurier University (moving to Western university in January), and Isabella Pain, Deputy Minister of the Nunatsiavut Secretariat.
The second presentation was on Inuit language strategy developments, with Alana Johns, Professor of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto, and Rita Andersen, former Interpreter/Translator for the Torngâsok Cultural Centre.
The third and final presentation was on the Daughters of Mikak, a new project about leadership among Inuit women.
It featured Nunatsiavut Status of Women’s Coordinator Charlotte Wolfrey, Ashley Edmunds, Board Member of the Inuit Women’s Regional Association, and Andrea Proctor, Post-doctoral Fellow with the Tradition and Transition Research Partnership.
The morning ended with Gordon presenting an update on the Tradition and Transition project.
OK Radio will have more on the leadership symposium this week.