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CRRF E-Newsletter
May 2015
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Have You Picked a Field Trip for the Building Community Resilience Conference?


As part of the Building Community Resilience conference three field trips are being organized. In collaboration with local organizations, each field trip will highlight local initiatives to achieving resilience. All conference delegates will get to participate in one field trip as part of their full registration. Below is a brief description of the three field trips.

Environmental Resilience Field Trip: Kensington North Watersheds Association (KNWSA), a community based watershed group, is working towards resolving local issues related to maintaining ample supplies of clean water, soil conservation, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, addressing climate change issues, and reducing nitrates in surface water and groundwater. KNWSA is one of many similar grass-roots watershed groups on PEI that function effectively, and is a case study in how well-managed community groups, working with a variety of different organizations including government, academia, and the private sector, give hope for sustainable communities. Participants will travel from Summerside to Kensington to explore how residents are striving for land and water resilience, have an opportunity to connect with local leaders, and engage in a townhall forum. Transportation to Kensington is provided. 

Economic and Cultural Resilience Field Trip: The Evangeline Region of Prince Edward Island (on the southwestern shore) is well-known for its Acadian culture and language, and for tying its cultural renaissance to economic activity. Community leaders have created museums that highlight the unique Acadian region, worked to preserve the music culture in the region, and have created numerous co-operatives that ensure that people are working together. Participants will travel from Summerside through the Evangeline region on a guided bus tour and will have the opportunity to disembark in different locations throughout the region and meet with members of the Evangeline community. Transportation will be provided. 

Indigenous Resilience Field Trip: Lennox Island, on the northwest coast, is home to part of Prince Edward Island’s Mi’kmaq community. They are a bridged community that has remained in place for generations, maintaining their cultural heritage and attracting visitors to both the Lennox Island Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre and St. Anne’s Church. They also have a system for social and ceremonial fishing that allows them to maintain traditional access to their fisheries. Participants will travel from Summerside to Lennox Island to meet with community members and observe the ways that the community has responded to changes. Transportation will be provided. 

The Building Community Resilience conference will take place September 16-19, 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. The conference is co-hosted by CRRF, Institute of Island Studies at University of Prince Edward Island, and the North Atlantic Forum. For more information on the conference or the field trips visit

New Special Collection of Essays focuses on Canada’s Provincial North

ICNGD-LOGO.4.COL_.TR_-320x81The Northern Review has published a special collection of open access essays, titled, “Political and Economic Changes in Canada’s Provincial North”, guest edited by the director of ICNGD, Dr. Ken Coates, and the executive chair of ICNGD, Dr. Greg Poelzer, features scholarly works from ICNGD members and staff.

The Provincial North in Canada comprises the vast Subarctic band of territory that stretches from Labrador to British Columbia. The Provincial North is an unusual part of Canada, sparsely populated yet economically highly influential, substantially Aboriginal in population but with limited national or international profile. It is also a region that faces significant challenges. Many parts of the Provincial North are among the poorest in Canada. Davis Inlet, Kahsachewan, and Attawapiskat have attracted national attention for their difficult social conditions. Northern Manitoba and Northern Saskatchewan are two of the poorest areas in Canada, particularly among the Aboriginal population, despite producing substantial resource wealth. The Provincial North also hosts the boom towns of Timmons, Ontario; Fort McMurray, Alberta; and Fort St. John, British Columbia. In addition, the Provincial Norths lack political autonomy—although there have been promising initiatives in Labrador and Northern Quebec—and, as a consequence, struggle to gain the attention of provincial and federal authorities.

For further information on the contents of this collection of essays visit ICNGD's website

Evidence-Based Decision Making and Regional Research Needs

selkirk-college-innovation-rdi-logo_0Representatives of the RDI attended the 2015 Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments Conference to connect with elected officials on the topic of evidence-based decision-making and gather input on priority research needs for our region’s local governments. The enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 delegates worked together to answer 3 questions related to a list of top-of-mind issues for local governments: 
  1. What issues (challenges/opportunities) are you tackling related to this topic? 
  2. What responses/actions have you implemented or considered? 
  3. What are your current research/information needs related to this topic? 
This valuable input will help inform the RDI’s plans for future applied research activities The RDI’s presentation for this event contains links to several valuable resources that can be used by local governments in their efforts to make evidence-based decisions. A copy of the presentation is available here.

Journal of Rural and Community Development Publishes its 10th Volume

The 10th volume of the Journal of Rural and Community Development has been published online. Volume 10, No. 1 includes ten peer-reviewed articles and one case study ranging from the benefits of development for small farmers in Vietnam, to fostering rural youth in Ontario. Over the past two years, the JRCD has worked diligently to publish 259 papers, 245 of which have been peer-reviewed. The JRCD includes standard editorials, regular refereed articles, and a book reviews section, in addition to shorter refereed case study articles and pieces that analyze particular policies and programs developed for, or impacting on, rural and small towns. Dr. Doug Ramsey is the chair of the Rural Development Department at Brandon University and the editor of the JRCD. The JRCD is published by the Rural Development Institute.

Rural News from Around the Country

Best places to eat in Manitoba (Canadian Geographic)

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.

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Upcoming Rural Events

19-21 May 2015
Memphis, USA

19-20 May 2015
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 

20 May 2015

21 May 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT

May 22, 2015 
Cannington, Ontario

24-27 May 2015
Piacenza, Italy

25-29 May 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta

26-27 May 2015
Leduc, Alberta

26-28 May 2015
Salmon Arm, British Columbia

26 May 2015

1 June 2015 in Southernhay East, UK

1 June 2015 

1-5 June 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia 

2 June 2015

2 June 2015

4 June 2015

3-5 June 2015 in Charlevoix, Québec

June 11, 2015 
Treliske, UK

16 June 2015

23-26 June 2015 in Kenora, Ontario

23-28 June 2015 in Brighton, UK

26-27 June 2015
Bend, Oregon, USA

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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