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

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ReSDA 2017 Workshop was held in Whitehorse, YT October 18-20, 2017. Results coming soon!
Workshop Agenda and event listing  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

What’s new at ReSDA?

New Edition of Northern Review

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

New ReSDA Coordinator – Stephanie Pike

Welcome Stephanie Pike who is the new Northern Coordinator for ReSDA based at the Yukon Research Centre.  You can reach Stephanie by email at or phone 867-456-8633.


Report completed by Jeanette Carney from her research on community experiences in the first mine in Nunavik. 
Asbestos Hill: Inuit Experiences with Nunavik’s First Mine

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The Mobile Workers Guide: Fly-in/Fly-out & Rotational Shift Work in Mining – Yukon Experiences. by Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler
details at

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The 2017 newsletter is now available (pdf). To download a copy  click here.

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