Upcoming events, the latest news, videos, podcasts and reports from the Harris Centre.
The future of the NL economy, entreprenurship in Innu communities, and the opioid crisis in rural Canada – check it all out in the latest edition of the Harris Centre's newsletter.
Memorial Presents
The Future of the NL Economy:
Generating Exports and Wealth
The economic news in the province is almost unremittingly bleak: low oil and mineral prices, sky-high public debt, a decline in shellfish, declining rural populations – and the list goes on. But this is only part of the story; many businesses are doing innovative work that will help diversify the economy of the province and ensure its long-term sustainability. This session will shine a spotlight on industries that have potential to drive the future economy of NL. Join us to learn more about what’s happening in the information and communications technology; oil and gas; mining; fishery and aquaculture; and tourism and hospitality sectors, and contribute your thoughts on what else might drive the province’s economy in the future.
Monday, February 19, 2018
7:30-9:30 pm
IIC-2001, Innovation Hall
Memorial University, St. John's Campus

Attend in person or watch online at www.mun.ca/harriscentre
Free admission and parking.

Harris Centre 5yr Strategic Plan Presentatio n –
 Corner Brook
Over the last year, we've held a series of consultations with the public and key stakeholders to help shape our priorities and direction for the coming five years. Come hear about the resulting strategic plan and learn more about exciting new programs and opportunities.
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00-11:00 am
Grenfell Campus, Room AS378
New Research Projects Funded on the Great Northern Peninsula
The Harris Centre has awarded $45,000 in research funding to three researchers to complete the following projects on the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. The themes for this research fund came from the  Our Way Forward  conference, which was led by Grenfell Office of Engagement, as well as consultations with a regional advisory committee from the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula. A fund evaluation committee comprised of local and academic members chose the successful research projects to move forward in the region.
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Synergy Session: Some Thoughts on Creating Economic Development in Innu Communities
Like many rural and remote communities in North America, the two Innu communities of Labrador Sheshatshui and Natuashish, are struggling to reinvent themselves in the face of major economic disruptions such as globalization, technological innovations and climate change. This session will look at labour market prospects for the Innu residents of Labrador given the current economic and social context, and specifically discuss the potential for entrepreneurship and employment, the education and training requirements of these two approaches, and the policies that can encourage or discourage labour market participation by Innu people.    

Rural Routes Podcasts
Opioid Crisis in Rural Canada Season 2: Episodes 10 & 11
The opioid crisis impacts hundreds of thousands of lives across North America and rural areas are increasingly at risk. To investigate the impacts of opioids in rural contexts, we’re presenting a special two-episode edition of Rural Routes, featuring stories from both individuals and institutions with experience on the frontlines of the rural opioid crisis. These difficult and sometimes inspiring stories address important questions about the fight against opioid addiction; are rural communities disproportionately affected? How are individuals and institutions working, or not working, to help communities heal? Is enough being done?

In Part One we hear stories of personal challenge and determination from Stephen Miller, a recovering user and vivid storyteller, and Susan Boone and Brian Reese, whose personal experiences led them to organize a community-based harm reduction program on a small island off the coast of Newfoundland.

In Part Two of our look at the opioid crisis you will hear from Michele Specht and Jodi Salvo from Ohio, Dr. Tara Gomes from Toronto, Mae Katt from Thunder Bay, and Justice Peter Wright from Perth, Ontario.
New Reports
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