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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Upcoming Events

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Join us for the ReSDA 2017 WorkshopThis event will be held in Whitehorse, YT October 18-21, 2017.

Held at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, this workshop will include presentations, working sessions, and discussions of research on resource developments in the North. This includes sessions on: Results, tools & policy directions; Partnerships; Community links; Student & College connections; Knowledge sharing; and Future directions.

More details can be found here.

Information on the last ReSDA 2016 Workshop in Ottawa, ON. Oct 26-28: The annual gathering and workshop of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Network was held October 26-28, 2016 in Ottawa, ON. The main focus of this event was on discussions of past, present and future research of the ReSDA network and policy implications.  The presentations were webcast and these are available on the ReSDA YouTube channel More details about the sessions are available at 


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March 23, 2017.  Yukon College Brown Bag Lunch Presentation by Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler. Labour Mobility and Community Participation in Mining in the Yukon Territory – Findings from the “ReSDA-LACE” Project.  Presentation starts at 12:00 PM PT at Yukon College Room A2206 or join the talk from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device.

Join the talk from the comfort of your own computer or mobile device. Here is a weblink to the live presentation. For best results download FUZE to your computer or mobile device.

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April 30-May 3, 2017.  Labrador Research Forum.  Sheshatshui | Happy Valley-Goose Bay North West River.  This conference aims to bring the diverse research community of Labrador together in dialogue, knowledge sharing and ideas generating. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2017.  Registration deadline:  April 15, 2017. For more information visit

May 27-June 2, 2017. Congress 2017 The Next 150.  This is an initiative of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is being hosted this year by Ryerson University, Toronto, ON.  More details at

June 8-12, 2017.  International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) IX will be held in Umeå, Sweden.   For details visit: 


More details on past or current events here

What’s new at ReSDA?

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 project ideas 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 or Valoree Walker.

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.

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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.