Each year ReSDA will organize an annual research workshop based on a central theme. The workshop will bring together researchers and northern partners representing communities, government, the private sector and non-profit organizations that are involved with issues and research pertaining to the sustainable Arctic natural resource development. The priorities will be on the social and economic impacts and ways to maximize benefits for northern people.
The final annual gathering and workshop of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Network will be held October 18-21, 2017 in Whitehorse, YT. More details coming soon.
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. This included representatives from Government and National organizations sharing in these discussions. It was a research focused event with ReSDA and related projects highlighted. The presentations were webcast and these are available on the ReSDA YouTube channel More details about the sessions are available at www.resda.ca/Ottawa2016
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.
The presentations and discussions will focus on subsistence activities and engagement with extractive industries over the past 40 years since the settlement of the Land Claims in Nunavik and Alaska.
This workshop focused on issues of community well-being with a view to understanding the perspectives from community members, researchers, government and industry. Presentations hightlighted some of the community perceptions of well being in the North and also provided some understanding of government and industry requirements and approaches. The insights provided from the various sectors have provided a greater understanding of the issues and ways that well-being can be improved in relation to resource development. Copies of the powerpoint presentations and the webcast of the first day are available at http://yukonresearch.yukoncollege.yk.ca/resda/workshops/labrador-2014/
At the ReSDA workshop in October, we explored how information is communicated between communities and researchers. Known as “knowledge sharing,” this is when researchers and communities not only receive, contribute to and understand the research information that’s created, but put it into action. Knowledge sharing is the bridge that turns “knowing” into “doing,” and is synonymous with knowledge “mobilization.” This workshop will involve dialogue between researchers and communities and will result in a ReSDA knowledge sharing “toolkit” and communications strategy.
In 2012, the workshop presentations and discussions will be devoted to the gap analysis research and community panel discussions to help formulate the future research directions of the ReSDA network. Some of the questions for the main sections of the 13 targeted areas for the gap analysis research include:
- What research currently exists?
- What does this research indicate in terms of benefits to northern communities?
- What research needs to be done in each area to find more ways of increasing benefits to communities?
- What are the possibilities that could come out of more research?
This gap analysis, community panel discussions and the feedback provided by the workshop participants will be used to determine the steps to be taken in moving forward from the current state of knowledge to effectively developing the future research for the network. This will provide a more cohesive framework for the research over the next 5 years and start the process for meaningful research partnerships with the various stakeholders.
To start the discussions and planning for the network the First Annual ReSDA workshop was held on November 24-25, 2011 in Yellowknife. This workshop was to determine the initial research required and look at how the research plan can be developed for the next 7 years.