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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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 (

What’s new at ReSDA?

Now Available: 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

  1. Resource Development and Northern Communities – An Introduction  Chris Southcott
  2. Understanding the Social and Economic Impacts of Mining Development in Inuit Communities: Experiences with Past and Present Mines in Inuit Nunangat  Thierry Rodon, Francis Lévesque
  3. Northern Reclamation in Canada: Contemporary Policy and Practice for New and Legacy Mines  Anne Dance
  4. Addressing Historical Impacts Through Impact and Benefit Agreements and Health Impact Assessment: Why it Matters for Indigenous Well-Being   Jen Jones, Ben Bradshaw
  5. Mobile Miners: Work, Home, and Hazards in the Yukon’s Mining Industry   Christopher Jones, Chris Southcott
  6. Gender, Critical Mass, and Natural Resource Co-Management in the Yukon  Kiri Staples, David Natcher
  7. “Steering Our Own Ship?” An Assessment of Self-Determination and Self-Governance for Community Development in Nunavut   Roger Ritsema, Jackie Dawson, Miriam Jorgensen, Brenda Macdougall
  8. Experiences of Opportunity in the Northern Resource Frontier   Cynthia Amati, Brenda Parlee, Naomi Krogman
  9. Language, Distance, Democracy: Development Decision Making and Northern Communications   Sheena Kennedy Dalseg, Frances Abele

New Book released by ReSDA researchers

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.

Graduate Student Employment Opportunity
ReSDA is looking to hire 5 graduate students to work on a part time basis from September to December, 2015. This research involves analytical surveys to provide core data and information for the ReSDA Atlas project. This work would be done from September to December and the results uploaded onto the web Atlas as it is collected. It would be ideal to have a student who could focus on data collection for Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.  Position description (pdf)
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2015 Annual ReSDA Workshop in Kuujjuaq
The 5th Annual ReSDA workshop is being held in Kuujjuaq, QC October 21-23, 2015. More details

kuujjuaq workshop banner 2015Highlights and presentations  of the 4th Annual ReSDA workshop held in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador October 2-4, 2014 click here.

The Summer 2015 newsletter is now available (pdf). To see it please click here.
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