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CRRF E-Newsletter
March 2015
Registration Opens for Building Community Resilience Conference! 

Building Community Resilience organizers are delighted to announce conference registration is now open! The conference will take place from September 16-19, 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. 
Register before June 30 to take advantage of early bird prices. Further details about the conference and registration can be found at


Second Call for Papers - Building Community Resilience Conference 

Conference organizers welcome submissions from community organizations, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, government, students, researchers, and businesses to share information on the topic of building community resilience. Each presentations will be allocated 15 minutes for sharing information and 5 minutes for questions. Conference organizers also welcome suggestions for panels discussions on topics related to building resilient communities and regions. 

The conference will examine opportunities for sustainable living that are more likely to emerge from small and peripheral communities – rural, coastal or island. The conference will serve as a platform for the critical and inter-disciplinary discussion of experiences where those living ‘on the edge’, however defined, show unexpected ingenuity and mettle; and respond cleverly to dire economic straits or public policy negligence. 

To submit a topic for consideration please complete the Abstract Submission Form available at the conference website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is April 3, 2015. Contributors will be notified by the end of April 2015 regarding the acceptance of their submission. 

Arctic Emerging Leaders 

In January, five individuals from the Provincial Norths and the Canadian Territories were selected to represent Canada in the Emerging Leaders program at the 2015 Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway: 
  • Dr. Heather Hall - International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (Saskatchewan), CRRF Board Member, Northern Ontario
  • Emmy Neuls - International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, Saskatchewan
  • Erika Kritsch, - Northwest Territories 
  • Jocelyn Joe-Strack - Yukon Territory
  • Gwen Healey - Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Nunavut
They joined 25 other young professionals from 13 countries in a 7-day program focused on gaining a broader understanding of the opportunities and challenges confronting more sustainable development in the Arctic. The Emerging Leaders were also invited to present their vision for the Arctic in 2030 to the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende. For more information, see the recent video by His Excellence Artur Wilczynski, the Canadian Ambassador to Norway, who speaks about his experience with the Emerging Leaders of Arctic Frontiers:

New CRRF Website Features - Call for Papers and Funding Opportunities 

The recently launched CRRF website contains two new features: a call for papers page and a requests for proposal/funding opportunities page. CRRF regularly receives information on upcoming conferences seeking presentation/poster contributions and funding opportunities. This information will be posted on these two webpages in addition to being circulated through the e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. 

Illustrations of recent call for papers include: 

Rural News from Around the Country

Revitalizing Downtowns by Building Up, Not Out (Joe Minicozzi presentation from Downtown Brandon Development Forum)


In the Winter Student Research Edition of the CRRF e-newsletter we accidentally spelt Meggie MacMichael's name incorrectly. Meggie is a Masters of Environmental Studies student at Dalhousie University examining the experiences of young people moving into rural communities in Nova Scotia. You can read more about Meggie's research by visiting the Student Research Edition e-newsletterOur apologizes for the error. 

Become a Member of CRRF Today! 

January is the start of the CRRF membership year. Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). Membership runs from January – December.

If your membership has lapsed, you will receive an email shortly provide instructions for how to renew your members. 

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Upcoming Rural Events

9-11 April 2015
Montréal, Quebec

10-12 April 2015 in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia

April 30 - May 2, 2015
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

19-21 May 2015
Memphis, USA

25-29 May 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta

23-26 June 2016 in Kenora, Ontario

23-28 June 2015 in Brighton, UK

8-10 July 2015 in Sydney, Nova Scotia

15-16 July 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario

18-21 August 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland

6-9 August 2015 in Madison, USA

17-19 September 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island co-hosted by CRRF and the North Atlantic Forum

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