10/10/2012 07:20 EDT | Updated 12/10/2012 05:12 EST

Gathering of Labrador Inuit elders an opportunity to share concerns

HOPEDALE, N.L. - The social and economic well-being of Labrador Inuit will be discussed at a meeting next week in Hopedale.

Inuit elders from the region will gather to discuss issues of common concern starting Monday.

It will be the fourth meeting of its kind since the Nunatsiavut government was formed in 2005.

President Sarah Leo says elders play a vital role by maintaining language and traditions for younger generations.

Johannes Lampe, Nunatsiavut's minister of culture, says the meeting will give elders the chance to share ideas, express concerns and make recommendations.

The meeting will run until Thursday.