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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ReSDA 2016 Workshop in Ottawa, ON. Oct 26-28

Mark your calendars for the next annual gathering and workshop of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Network. This will be held October 26-28, 2016 in Ottawa, ON. The main focus of this event will be on discussions of past, present and future research of the ReSDA network and policy implications. We will also be including representatives from Government and National organizations to share in these discussions. This will be a research focused event with ReSDA and related projects highlighted.  If you feel that this workshop is something that you would like to contribute to and participate in we would like to hear from you. This will assist us with the planning in terms of arrangements for the facilities, catering and accommodation. We welcome any ideas/suggestions you might have for this event.

More details and a registration form on the ReSDA website.  If you have any questions about the upcoming workshop please contact Val Walker (

Picture2August 30th, 2016  – ReSDA Research Presentation
“Behind the Scenes in Mayo and Mining”
Yukon Research Centre North Boardroom
12:00 PM (noon)

Susanna Gartler will presenting research results for the Labour Mobility and community participation in extractive industries (LACE) project that is being done in the Yukon.  The researchers have recently completed two summary reports for this work and will share highlights of these results.  This event is being held at the Yukon Research Centre in the North Boardroom.



  • August 10-14, 2016.  XIV World Congress of Rural Sociology 2016.  Sustainable and Just Rural Transitions: Connections and Complexities.  Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.   There will be a ReSDA session on Friday August 12 at 4:00 PM in TRS1075  with discussions on extractive industries and rural communities. ReSDA researchers, Brenda Parlee, Ron Harpelle, Andrew Hodgkins and Chris Southcott will be presenting.  Session details.
  • September 9-12, 2016  NSF Arctic FROST Annual Network Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop.  “Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context: What can we learn from or teach the rest of the world?”  Vienna, Austria   More details here.
  • September 12-16, 2016.  UArctic Congress 2016.  St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) IX 2017 will be held in Umeå, Sweden from June 8 to 12, 2017.  Call for Papers – due September 23, 2016 and should be sent to  For details on the session call visit:

More details on past or current events here

What’s new at ReSDA?

Special Issue of the Northern Review on Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic 2015 – Issue #41cover page ReSDA Northern Review Issue41
Guest edited by Chris Southcott

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mining and communities in northern canada coverReSDA researchers, Arn Keeling and John Sandlos are pleased to announce the publication of the edited collection, Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory,  part of the Canadian History and Environment book series published by by University of Calgary Press. The book features many contributors from the Memorial University-based Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada project, including a number of graduate student researchers. It is available for order from the usual outlets, but it is also an open access publication available from the press website, where you can download individual chatpers or download the ebook here.

This collection examines historical and contemporary social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining on Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. Combining oral history research with intensive archival study, this work juxtaposes the perspectives of government and industry with the perspectives of local communities. The oral history and ethnographic material provides an extremely significant record of local Aboriginal perspectives on histories of mining and development in their regions.

For more on our ongoing research into the toxic legacies of mining and the historical-geographical problems of northern contaminants, check out our project webpages linked above and follow us on Twitter, @abandondminesnc.

2015 Annual ReSDA Workshop in Kuujjuaq
Highlights and presentations of the 5th Annual ReSDA workshop was held in Kuujjuaq, QC October 21-23, 2015. More detailsPage 1 DRAFT Newsletter 2016

The 2016 newsletter is now available (pdf). To download a copy  click here.