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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation  E-Newsletter
March 2018

Health and Shared Prosperity - Call for Contributions Due April 2 


Do you have a rural development story or a skill to share? The 2018 Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference is all about bringing together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural issues. This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from a diverse group of individuals, and hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home.

The conference organizing committee is accepting abstracts for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for the upcoming conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from October 10 to 12, 2018. This year’s theme is Health and Shared Prosperity. With sub-themes including: 
  • accessing health, 
  • feeding success
  • prosperous labour forces
  • sharing prosperity 
  • eco-health
  • arctic science
Details regarding the submission of oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters can be found at The deadline for content submission is April 2, 2018.

Six Conference Field Trips Available! 

Conference organizers are pleased to offer 6 optional conference field trips during the Health and Shared Prosperity conference in Saskatoon! 

Advanced Water Recovery and Reuse Tour
October 9 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Advanced Wastewater treatment and recovery center is located on the NW side of Saskatoon 2 km past SaskTel Center. It is the first of its kind in Saskatchewan, however hundreds exist across Canada and USA. This state-of-the-art technology is called an MBR (or Membrane Bio-Reactor) and converts municipal sewage into clean, recycled water. The equipment is packaged/turn-key and mobile (so can be moved, expanded, etc. to adapt to future land use planning, environmental and population changes). The equipment fits within 40-foot-long sea containers, for example a population of 1250 people (350 meters cubed per day) can be treated by a set of 7 containers. Cost: $30 per person, plus tax

Stone's Throw Rural 
October 9 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Kristen Johannesson of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority will be your guide on a rural experience just a stone’s throw from Saskatoon proper. First stop is a tour of food processor Key Brand Foods where you will see where your next salad at A & W and KFC comes from.  Distributing across western Canada, Key Brand Foods also produces ZIGGY packaged foods for Loblaw’s. A short distance away is award-winning Black Fox Farm & Distillery. Join these third-generation farmers on their non-traditional operation that now produces award-winning spirits and flowers. Hosts John and Barb will share their story as they provide a tour along with cocktails and charcuterie. On the way back to the Saskatoon Inn, a quick stop at ‘Simply Grounded Coffee’ in Delisle will ready you for an evening of networking with fellow delegates. Cost: $55 per person, plus tax

Urban Reserves 
October 9 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Saskatoon became linked to the phenomenon of urban reserves with the establishment of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation’s Asimakaniseekan Askiy Reserve in 1988, in the south east neighbourhood of Sutherland.  At the time there were many unknowns and some concern about the implications. Today, the process is well established and procedural, with six urban reserves in the city, one ATR in the surrounding Rural Municipality, and at least 7 other First Nations land holdings held in fee simple in the Saskatoon region, most with plans to convert to reserve. This tour, led by Shaun Soonias, the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network, will visit several of the urban reserves in Saskatoon, including Asimakaniseekan Askiy and the English River Reserve in Grasswood. Participants will learn about the legal structure, economic benefits and history of urban reserve creation, as well as common business models. Cost: $30 per person, plus tax

Small & Medium Enterprise Agri-Business
October 12 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This tour will showcase Saskatchewan agri-business initiatives with opportunities for small and medium-size rural enterprises and entrepreneurs. Participants will visit the Rayner Dairy Research and Teaching Facility on the University of Saskatchewan campus, to explore modern dairy production systems; POS Bio Sciences, which works with clients to add value in commercial processes such as extraction, concentration and purification of food components for nutraceutical, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industries; and the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre, a commercial incubation centre for food processing to help clients transform a wide variety of agricultural crops into innovative consumer food products such as snack foods, breakfast cereal, pet foods, meat analogues and bio-products. Cost: $30 per person, plus tax

October 12 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Working to advance the understanding and appreciation of the evolving cultures of the Northern Plains indigenous peoples, Wanuskewin is the living reminder of the peoples’ sacred relationship with the land. A guided tour integrated with program activities such as the ‘step back in time walk’ and tipi raising will provide a rich experience that you will treasure for years to come. Cost: $30 per person, plus tax

Arts on the Prairies 
October 12 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
The Remai Modern brought Picasso to the Prairies and catapulted Saskatoon to #18 on the New York Times list of 52 places to visit in 2018.  A guided tour of this museum of modern art will also provide a bird’s eye view of Saskatoon’s redeveloping riverfront. Before returning to the hotel, take a short walk to Saskatoon’s premier non-profit organization for youth employment engagement – the Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP). Since 2001, SCYAP has met the social, educational and economic needs of youth at risk through arts and cultural programming. Cost: $30 per person, plus tax

Further details about each of the field trips can be found here: To register for a conference field trip simply select the item as part of the overall conference registration process. Click here to register for the conference. Spouses, partners, and colleagues are welcome to register for the field trips. 

New Book: Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities

RSRCfrontcoverResilient Systems, Resilient Communities emerges from a research network focused on the relationship between water and climate change. Intersections of Sustainability is a team that explores water governance, climate change, resource development and their implications for rural and Indigenous communities. The aim of the network is to bring a whole-system approach to developing critical, solutions-driven research in partnership with government agencies, academic partners, civic organizations, policy makers, industry actors and non-government organizations. This collection of essays extends the aims of the network by providing a compendium of work from some members of the network that engages resilience thinking, a concept that continues to play a central role in academic and policy-making circles, among others.

An open access copy of Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities can be found at 

CRRF Membership 


The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is a member-based organization. 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), with membership running from January – December. To check out if your CRRF membership is up to date, please click here. Thank you to those individuals who have recently updated their memberships. If your membership has lapsed, you can you click here to renew your membership. Our membership platform recently migrated to a new system. We believe all the 'bugs' are out of the system; however, if you encounter any difficulties in registering please contact CRRF at

Update from the Board - Study Reveals How Local Economy Can Lead to Community Resilience

The Centre for Local Prosperity recently completed a two-year study that explored the economic and social impacts for import replacement in Atlantic Canada and how the region’s rural communities could become more resilient by prioritizing local economic strategies over import/export development.

The study revealed that the Atlantic provinces have the highest trade deficit in the country. Over 40% of every dollar leaves the region with our expenditures. On average, Atlantic Canadians import $11 billion more than is exported and all four provinces run a negative trade balance. The research identified where the greatest leakage was occurring and then explored how to keep more dollars in the region by supporting local businesses, producing more in the region, and purchasing local goods and services. 

It is estimated that a 10% increase in local production of imported goods and services in Atlantic Canada could add more than 43,000 new jobs, $2.6 billion in new wages, and $219 million in new tax revenue. Given that roughly 121,000 residents in Atlantic Canada were unemployed as of June 2016, a 10% shift could provide more than enough jobs to reemploy more than a third of those currently unemployed.

The report shares examples of best practices from communities and outlines the roles for both municipal and provincial governments to help them achieve community wealth through collaborative, buy-local campaigns and local business support systems. It’s easy to see why these new economic development ideas are gaining attention and momentum. However, the focus group participants identified policies that are biased against small, locally owned businesses as the most significant barrier in the way of local production of ordinary household needs, and in terms of institutional procurement. 

What Local Communities Can Do Today

1. Start having conversations. Hold community focus groups to empower engaged residents to help assess available assets and import replacement opportunities.

2. Start a Community Import Replacement Working Group. Import replacement, like any effective community effort, needs to be pursued by a group of people who meet regularly and engage public and private stakeholders. The expectation that economic development must be done primarily by governments is obsolete. It can begin by a group of engaged residents.

3. Inventory Community Assets. Inventory local assets, such as resident’s skills, vacant buildings, volunteer organizations, local natural resources, underutilized or arable lands, community meeting places, government programs, and other features of the community. Also inventory existing businesses, entrepreneurial skills and mentors, and local investment potential.

4. Inventory Economic Leakage and Import Replacement Opportunities. Assess local leakages. Survey local businesses and anchor institutions about their largest imports, and then systematically pair them with local suppliers. Ascertain which suppliers might be prepared to expand into import-replacing markets through an identified opportunity.

The full report is available at:

Phil Ferraro is from Prince Edward Island is a 
member of the CRRF Board of Directors and 
an advisor to the Centre for Local Prosperity

Each month, the CRRF Board of Directors will provide updates on the Foundation's activities and opportunities throughout the newsletter. Stay tuned for future updates from the CRRF board! 

New Rural Routes Podcast - National Parks and Protected Areas


When it comes to Canadian identity, the popular imagination summons forests, wildlife, and untouched nature that goes on forever. In some ways, our national parks reflect that idyllic picture; however, in other ways, they are complex, complicated, and contested. Join us for the first in a two-part look at how our national parks are created, who determines what we do with our natural spaces, and the impact that parks have on the people who live in and around them. We’ll chat with Dr. Phillip Vannini, Dr. Alistair Bath, 
Dr. John Calder and Colleen Kennedy.

Call for Proposals - People, Place and Public Engagement

This fall, Memorial University’s Office of Public Engagement will host People, Place and Public Engagement, a conference taking place October 25-27 at historic Signal Hill in St John's. People, Place and Public Engagement is a conference that will explore how universities and the public, including communities, governments, industry, not-for-profits, and others, collaborate.

Conference organizers are currently accepting conference presentation proposals from academic and community participants, with a particular interest in submissions from university/community partnerships. The deadline to submit is May 11, 2018. 

For more information on the conference visit:

Check out Recent RPLC Webinars on YouTube

RPLC LogoDid you miss a recent webinar hosted by the Rural Policy Learning Commons? If so, do not fret! Recordings of recent webinars can be found on Rural Policy Learning Commons' YouTube channel. Recent webinars include: 
You will find over 50 recorded webinars on the Rural Policy Learning Commons' YouTube Channel. Check it out today! 

Ask an Expert

Ask_An_ExpertCan't find the answer to a rural specific question? Perhaps it is a question related to best practices or about funding programs? Maybe your question is about finding a connection to another organization that has started a similar initiative to yours. Regardless of the topic, send your questions to the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation! We can pose your question to over 2,000 members and supporters from across Canada. Our stakeholders represent local development practitioners, government policy and program officials, researchers, and private businesses. We are sure someone in our network will have an answer or be able to point you in the direction where you can find more information.

To submit a question click here:

Rural Newsletters from Across Country 

Rural Reports and News from Around the Country

B.C. to replace ‘one-size-fits-all’ funding formula for school districts (The Globe and Mail)

Farming future focus of talk and study (The Belleville Intelligencer)

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Upcoming Rural Events

April 11, 2018 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

April 12-14, 2018
St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador 

April 17-19, 2018
Kingston, Ontario

June 4-6, 2018 
London, United Kingdom

June 11-12, 2018 
Vancouver, British Columbia 

June 16-21, 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia 

June 22-28, 2018
Whitehorse, Yukon

July 15-21, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

More rural events can be found at

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