Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) is a research network that brings together researchers from a broad range of disciplines and organizations representing communities, government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. ReSDA will examine ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource development stay in the region with fewer costs to communities. Through partnerships and collaborations we will conduct and mobilize research aimed at the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources in a manner that will improve the health and well-being of northern communities while preserving the region’s unique environment.

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SISARD – Social Innovation in Sustainable Arctic Resource Development

SISARD – planning for the next phase of ReSDA

ReSDA is a 7 year SSHRC funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative program that began in 2011. As we approach the final part of this program we are looking at how this research network might continue and ways to build upon this knowledge.  The network members and other potential partners have been discussing options and opportunities for further collaboration. A recent letter of intent was submitted to the SSHRC Partnership Grant program for a new research project to be carried out by the ReSDA network. The new project is called “Social Innovation in Sustainable Arctic Resource Development (SISARD)”. You can check out some of the details of what this might include on the SISARD page.  We have also created a summary of ideas and a detailed description for SISARD that can be viewed.  If you are interested in more details on this submission or ways to be involved please check out the SISARD page or contact Chris Southcott.

November 2018 Update
SISARD 2018 Proposal Final Version
Initial Subproject Draft Descriptions

ReSDA Events

DH_POSTER_WHSA presentation of the book DÄN HÙNÀY  – OUR PEOPLE’S STORY was held on Monday November 18th, 2019 at the MacBride Museum, Whitehorse YT.
Authors:  First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun Elders with Susanna Gartler, Joella Hogan, and Gertrude Saxinger
2019 published by First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun, ReSDA, Yukon College
ISBN 978-1-7750516-2-6.  E-ISBN 978-1-7750516-3-3
Click here to view online 


ReSDA 2017 WorWhitehorse 2017 banner final 07Augkshop was held in Whitehorse, YT October 18-20, 2017. Check here for final report and information.  Held at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, this workshop included presentations, working sessions, and discussions of research on resource developments in the North. Sessions looked at results, tools & policy directions; wellbeing; partnerships; community links; student & college connections; food security; communicating research; policy considerations; economics and entrepreneurs; and food security. More details can be found here.

Information on the last ReSDA 2016 Workshop

More details on past or current events here

Recent Publications:

Pamphlet for ReSDA Housing project 2019 (pdf)

Pamphlet ReSDA Housing Project 2019

click here for more project details and updates

Book published Sept. 2018

Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic book coverResources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic
edited by Chris Southcott, Frances Abele, David Natcher and Brenda Parlee
Routledge Research in Polar Regions.   view book details

Northern Review cover_issue_47_ReSDANorthern Review (2018)

Special issue: Dealing with Resource Development in Canada’s North.   Issue 47  2018
Guest edited by Chris Southcott, Lakehead University
Research from the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) project.

Cover page OFFICIAL v 4 - Report AH - jcarneyReport by Jeanette Carney from research on community experiences in the first mine in Nunavik.

Asbestos Hill: Inuit Experiences with Nunavik’s First Mine



Cover The Mobile Workers GuideThe Mobile Workers Guide: Fly-in/Fly-out & Rotational Shift Work in Mining – Yukon Experiences. (2017)

by Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler
details at

ReSDA Newsletter 2017 draft current-1The 2017 newsletter is now available (pdf). To download a copy  click here.