A history of Preparing Teachers for Northern Labrador


  • Sylvia Moore Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Elizabeth Yeoman Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Katie Flood Memorial University of Newfoundland


This article explores the history of Indigenous teacher education in Labrador, Canada. The focus is on Memorial University’s involvement in this area from the 1970s to the present, including the Teacher Education Program in Labrador (TEPL), the Native and Northern Bachelor of Education, and the community-based Inuit Bachelor of Education. The authors examine contributions, strengths and weaknesses of these programs and conclude with some thoughts on possible future directions. To our knowledge, there has not been a published history of Memorial University’s role in teacher education in Labrador in recent years. Thus, this article contributes to knowledge about this history.

Author Biographies

Sylvia Moore, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Sylvia is interested in Aboriginal/Indigenous education and working with teachers to offer culturally relevant curriculum. She uses a Indigenist methodological approach to research and her recent projects focus on storytelling and personal narratives.

Elizabeth Yeoman, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Please note that I recently retired and am no longer accepting new graduate students. However, I am still working on research projects and look forward to maintaining my connection to Memorial.

My research interests are in Indigenous education; land based pedagogies; public education, especially in relation to climate change and active transportation; creative research methods including film and audio documentary, walking as research, translation as research, collaborative writing and autoethnography (especially in Indigenous/settler contexts).