A 40-minute drive on winding, icy roads took Dr. Sable to Goose Bay, Labrador and the fruition of 15 years of work with the Innu Nation.
“Prote Poker, the Grand Chief, had flown in from the community of
Natuashish to work on the Innu Constitution,” says Sable, Director of
Aboriginal and Northern Research for Saint Mary’s Gorsebrook Research
Institute. “There was a very small window of opportunity to meet with
Described by Sable as a groundbreaker in terms of recognizing
intellectual property rights of indigenous communities in co-researching
and participating in major research grants, the new MOU lays the
foundation for a collaboration that supports the Innu Nation’s process
of self governance.
“The signing was a momentous occasion,” says
Sable, who worked for more than a year crafting the document with Gina
Funicelli of Saint Mary’s Industry Liaison Office and Richard Nuna of
the Innu Nation Environment Office. Support throughout the project came
from David Gauthier, Saint Mary’s V.P. Academic, and Kevin Vessey, Dean,
Faculty of Graduate Research.
“It was also a fairly miraculous
event,” adds Dr. Sable. “After years of working to make this happen,
everything came together over the course of a few days, including Dr.
Dodds signing the MOU.”
Photo: Grand Chief Prote Poker of the Innu Nation and Dr. Trudy Sable of Saint Mary's University
News story originally published on Saint Mary's website
Saint Mary's signs MOU with Innu Nation to collaborate on research
Wed, May 21, 2014
Dr. Trudy Sable had just begun a six-day stay to work with the Innu community of Sheshatshiu when the call came to meet with Grand Chief Prote Poker for the official signing of an MOU with Saint Mary's University.