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Marine Institute director named vice-president of the University of the Arctic
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Well-known throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and across Canada for his work with Aboriginal peoples in the education sector, Gerald Anderson has been appointed vice-president Indigenous with University of the Arctic (UArctic).

Mr. Anderson will provide strategic oversight of Indigenous perspectives within UArctic and ensure that UArctic contributes to the well-being of northern Indigenous communities while continuing his role as director, development and engagement, at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University.

Memorial University is a member of UArctic, which is a cooperative network of about 150 universities, colleges and other organizations, committed to higher education and research in the North. It builds and strengthens collective resources and collaborative infrastructure that enables member institutions to better serve their constituents and their regions. Through cooperation in education, research and outreach, UArctic enhances human capacity in the North, promotes viable communities and sustainable economies, and forges global partnerships.

Dr. Gary Kachanoski welcomed the news of Mr. Anderson’s appointment.

“His proven leadership with Aboriginal groups throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, across Canada and beyond makes him the ideal person to support the Indigenous perspective within University of the Arctic,” said Dr. Kachanoski. “Memorial’s relationship with UArctic is an important part of our goal to be a leader in northern and Arctic education and research, and I look forward to working with Mr. Anderson to explore ways to we can enhance the relationship between the two institutions.”

Mr. Anderson succeeds Dr. Keith Chaulk, the former director of Memorial University’s Labrador Institute in this role with UArctic, and will serve an initial three-year term (2015-2018) effective immediately.

Mr. Anderson is excited by the opportunities the role presents.

“As vice-president Indigenous, I look forward to developing meaningful partnerships between UArctic and Indigenous communities and their organizations,” said Mr. Anderson.  “I want to explore methods to combine academic research and traditional knowledge in a way that is meaningful to northern communities. I see mobility services for Indigenous students as a priority as well. I’ll be meeting all Indigenous groups across the Arctic and learning how UArctic can assist with solutions to northern challenges.”

The vice-president Indigenous is part of the UArctic’s senior leadership team, known collectively as the Ma-Mawi, which provides strategic leadership and overall coordination of the university’s operational activities and ensures their development and delivery.  Mr. Anderson will also sit as a member of the board executive committee, and ex-officio member of the Board of Governors and the iIdigenous issues committee. Dr. Kachanoski also sits on the board.

Born in L’Anse Aux Meadows, N.L., Mr. Anderson joined the Fisheries and Marine Institute in 1987 and has worked for over 27 years in various roles with Indigenous groups in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and Nunavik, primarily focused on establishing fisheries and marine education and training programs.

Mr. Anderson helped develop fisheries development training plans for Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Innu Nation, Federation of Newfoundland Indians and the Labrador Métis Nation. He worked closely with the Miawpukek First Nation in Conne River to develop and deliver a long-term fisheries and marine training program.

Mr. Anderson has also worked to see youth gain employment in the fisheries sector and marine transport industry by bringing training to those who would otherwise be unable to access the necessary education.

In February 2015, he was recognized with the national Indspire Award in environment and natural resources for his work to strengthen fisheries and marine education in Nunavik, Nunavut and Labrador.