|John Higdon||Vice President|
Originally from Bay d’ Espoir, NL, Latonia now lives in St. John’s. She received a BAH in Anthropology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as an MA and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. Her research interests include circumpolar archaeology as well as the archaeology of Newfoundland & Labrador, with a focus on hunter-gatherer studies, settlement and subsistence analysis, lithic theory and technology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany and art. For the last 15 years her attention has been focused on Newfoundland’s Northern Peninsula with the Bird Cove-Plum Point Archaeology project which she has co-directed/directed and published on since 2000.
Latonia is an established filmmaker who has written and directed, as well as production managed and field produced, documentaries for the CBC. She has also directed a number of narrative short films such as Escape Routes, Wind Money and SADIE. She is the CEO of LJH Films Inc. a production company that not only produces films, but is also devoted to assessing film and television scripts for historical accuracy. Latonia also works as a resource staff archaeologist for the cruise ship company Adventure Canada, is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and won the Canada’s Outstanding Young Person Award in 2010. In 2016, she won the Cruise Vision Award, for her work with the cruise tourism industry in NL, and the Arctic.
Born and raised in New Harbour, NL., John received his B.A.(Honours) in Anthropology (Archaeology) and Medieval Studies with a diploma in Heritage Resource Management from Memorial University in 2005. In 2008, he completed an MA in Archaeology focusing on Inuit ground stone tool technology in Northern Labrador. His research interests include: Arctic and North American archaeology, lithic technology, experimental archaeology, cultural resource management, Canadian history and medieval history.
Over the last decade, he has worked on a variety of prehistoric and historic sites across Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut and Ontario. This has included academic research into Thule, Historic Inuit and Late Dorset sites in Northern Labrador; terrestrial and helicopter site surveys within Parks Canada’s Torngat Mountains National Park; excavation of Dorset and Groswater Palaeoeskimo and Little Passage/ Pre-contact Beothuk sites in Newfoundland; community based excavation of a French and English Fort with the Placentia Uncovered Archaeology Project; Arctic research with the Canadian Museum of History; archaeological monitoring in Northern Labrador with geologists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History, as well as other consulting work in Nunavut (Baffin Island) and Ontario.
Born in Providence, RI and raised in various parts of the world including Hong Kong and the SE United States, Steven studies Anthropology at Dartmouth College under Elmer Harp and Bob McKennan. After his undergrad, he enrolled at Harvard University where he received an MA in Archaeology/Anthropology as well as a PhD in archaeology, which was based on fieldwork at Okak, Labrador. His research interests include the prehistory of New England, Canada, and Alaska, circumpolar cultures and environment, ethnohistory and ethnoarcheology in northern regions, development of maritime adaptations, coastal and interior-coastal exchange systems, and subsistence-settlement system analysis.
Steven has had a number of teaching positions, including at Bowdoin College and Harvard, but most of his teaching efforts were focused in the Center for Northern Studies in Vermont from 1987 to 2003. In addition, he has had extensive involvement with the Maine State Museum since 1992 and currently retains a position there as an adjunct curator. Steven also has over 25 years of consulting experience throughout the state of Maine. His varied archaeological experience has produced numerous published articles on a wide variety of topics. His 1977 PhD thesis Prehistoric Settlement and Culture Change at Okak, Labrador is still considered one of the most important works on Palaeoeskimo settlement and subsistence in Labrador.
Alison is an MA student in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research is interdisciplinary, combining biochemical analysis with archaeological interpretation to study the diets and mobility patterns of past populations. She is currently working as part of a SSHRC-funded, collaborative, interdisciplinary research team that is exploring the origins, biocultural relationships, and subsistence patterns of Newfoundland’s past Amerindian people using an approach combining isotopic, genetic, and ethnohistoric analyses. Her research interests cover a range of topics in archaeology and archaeological science, including the archaeology of childhood, the human occupation of so-called marginal environments, stable isotope techniques, and palaeodietary reconstruction. Alison’s past research has explored human-animal interactions among the Inuit and Dorset Paleoeskimo. She has also been involved with archaeological projects in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.
A long-time resident of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Gerard received his helicopter pilot’s license in 1978 from Aston Helicopters in Oshawa, Ontario. Since then, he has accumulated over 15 000 hours of flying time. In 2000, he expanded his flying expertise to include multi-engine fixed-winged aircraft.
In his 37-year career he has gained aerial perspectives on arctic glaciers, parks, and wildlife at northern destinations such as Alert, Pond Inlet, Eureka, and the famed Ward Hunt Island, during numerous scientific expeditions and while transporting documentary crews for the CBC and BBC. His work has also taken him across Canada and to parts of the US including California, Tennessee valley and New Orleans. The majority of his flights have been in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to being extremely familiar with NLs tundra, tuckamore and fiords, his service to the province has ranged from transporting dignitaries to and from notable locations, as well as saving numerous lives during medical evacuations in rural and isolated coastal villages.
Rod is currently the Director of Education for Miawpukek First Nation and has been since May of 2007. In 1993, he received his B. Ed., from the University of New Brunswick, and his M.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. His thesis is entitled; Investigating the Restoration of the Mi’kmaq Language and Culture on the Miawpukek Reserve. As Director of Education, Rod is responsible for managing, developing and implementing all school programming and budgets for Se’t A’newey’s K-12 education system. He was Mi’kmaq Language Coordinator from 1993-2007 when he became Director of Education. As the Coordinator, he managed language and culture programming for the school and community, as well as administered a MUN Linguistics course for his community.
Rod served 12 years on his communities Mi’kmaq Band Council from 200-2012. In addition, Rod served on an Aboriginal Advisory Committee to the Department of Education reviewing provincial Social Studies Curriculum for aboriginal content. He served as Provincial Aboriginal Advisor and Canadian National Aboriginal Advisor for the RCMP dealing with aboriginal concerns and developing programming for the RCMP. He has also worked with MUN Medicine as an Aboriginal Advisor. Outside of these roles, Rod is a part of a Men’s Drum Group, Sipu’ji’j Drummers and Singers, performing traditional Mi’kmaq chants and songs throughout Newfoundland and abroad. Most importantly, Rod is a devoted husband and father to his family!