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

Free Public Film Screening:
Guardians of Eternity and The Bishop Who ate his boots

October 19, 2017  7:00 PM
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre,  Kilometre 1423 (Mile 886) Alaska HighwayReSDA Films Poster

Guardians of Eternity is a documentary film about the toxic legacy of an abandoned gold mine in Northern Canada. The Giant Mine is closed now, but the mess that has been left behind will be with us forever. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation is on the front line because the mine is on their land.  The Bishop Who ate his boots is a documentary about Issac O. Stringer (1886-1934), an Anglican missionary who with his courageous wife Sadie, devoted his life to the Canadian North.The Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic Network (ReSDA) are proud to present this FREE public screening.

Presentations in October 2017 on the Mobile Workers Guide: Fly-in/Fly-out and rotational shift work in mining Yukon Experiences.  ReSDA researchers Gertie Saxinger and Susa Gartler will be visiting various Yukon communities to present the final results featuring the resources created from their project.  See full details and community presentation times in the poster.

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Join us for the ReSDA 2017 WorkshopThis event will be held in Whitehorse, YT October 18-20, 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;
  • Wellbeing;
  • Partnerships;
  • Community links;
  • Student & College connections;
  • Food security;
  • Communicating research;
  • Policy considerations;
  • Economics and entrepreneurships; and
  • Food security.

More details can be found here.

Information on the last ReSDA 2016 Workshop: 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

More details on past or current events here

What’s new at ReSDA?

Employment Opportunity

Casual position for ReSDA Coordinator at the Yukon Research Centre. Details available at


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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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.