Virtual Art Show

Torngat Mountains, by Phyllis Pritchard. Over the past 40+ years, the Labrador Institute has been involved with many different kinds of community events, and a lot of them have left traces behind in our archive. I always find it a pleasure to stumble on these glimpses of what was on the go in Labrador in... Continue Reading →

Songs of Labrador

For the second week in a row, we’re looking beyond narrative into other kinds of Labrador books.  This time, the topic is music. Cover of the 1993 edition of Songs of Labrador. Songs of Labrador delivers exactly what its title promises—an anthology of Labrador songs.  The book is the brainchild of editor and compiler Tim... Continue Reading →

Mosquitos and More

As our weather warms up and our waterways beckon, the 2020 mosquito season looms.  And as it happens, I recently received an email from Courtney White at the NL Mosquito Project, informing me that the lab results for the 2019 season were in!  My daughter and I were among many citizen participants in the project... Continue Reading →


Unlike the other Books of the Week that we've seen so far, Josephina Kalleo’s Taipsumane does most of its talking with images rather than words.  Kalleo has been recognized and celebrated as an artist primarily for the drawings collected in this volume.  You can find the scanned drawings online at the Heritage NL website, along... Continue Reading →

Diaries Over the Years

The diary has long been one of the most popular forms of writing in Labrador.  It’s such a rich form, capable of everything from fact to fiction, and comedy to tragedy.  On an international scale, just think of two of the most famous twentieth-century diarists—Bridget Jones and Anne Frank—and you'll immediately get a sense of... Continue Reading →

The Labrador Fiasco

This week’s Labrador Book of the Week is another example, like H.G. Wells’s Marriage, of a little-known Labrador book from a big-name author. Margaret Atwood needs no introduction.  These days her name first brings to mind the screen adaptation of her novel The Handmaid’s Tale, or maybe her publication of a sequel, entitled The Testaments,... Continue Reading →

“The” or No “The”?

In 2003, the Yukon Territory became officially just Yukon.  Dropping the “territory” doesn’t seem to have occasioned much fuss, but interestingly, dropping the “the” has been a different matter!  Residents apparently mostly still say “the Yukon,” whereas government documents say just “Yukon.” Bearing this in mind, check out these covers of some old Labrador books... Continue Reading →

It’s Like the Legend

This week's pick is It’s Like the Legend: Innu Women's Voices, edited by Nympha Byrne and Camille Fouillard. It’s Like the Legend was a ground-breaking book when it was published in 2000, and it remains singular today.  As an anthology of Innu women’s voices, It’s Like the Legend shares a rare and extraordinary set of... Continue Reading →

Batteau and Battle

Archival photos from 1920 showcase the changing times. Batteau in 1920. This image was used as part of a curriculum set at the Labrador East Integrated School Board (Display Print #192), Labrador Institute Archive. Photographer unknown. Above is a 1920 snapshot of Batteau, a former fishing community not far south of Black Tickle, on the... Continue Reading →

The Story of Labrador

Today we turn to another very well-known title: Bill Rompkey’s The Story of Labrador, published in 2003. Unfortunately, this is the first Book of the Week that isn't freely available online, but it does remain in print and available from all your favourite bookstores. Some time after I moved to Labrador in 2007, my grandfather... Continue Reading →

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