Third Annual ReSDA Workshop, Iqaluit, October 2013

ReSDA participant folder label 2013 draft Sept 20thThe Third Annual ReSDA workshop “Research and Knowledge Sharing” was held in Iqaluit, NU on October 8-10, 2013. The focus of this workshop was on knowledge sharing and effective communication with northern communities.

Workshop Updates:

  1. Final Workshop report cover ReSDA workshop Iqaluit Draft report Dec 2014

  2. Workshop Evaluation Form

  3. Workshop Presentations

Workshop Welcome and ReSDA Introduction – Chris Southcott, Lakehead University. Video presentation hereCover page Cochran Intro ReSDA Workshop Knowledge Sharing

Opening presentation  Knowledge Sharing and Best Practices (Powerpoint presentation).See Videos of the presentation: Part 1 and Part 2.
Patricia Cochran, Alaska Native Science Commission


Opening Remarks provided by John Amagoalik, Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA). Listen to his presentation here 

Session 1:  Research Communication through film and research
  • Frank Tester, University of British Columbia and Jordan Konek, Inuit filmmaker, Nanisiniq Project (See Video here)
  • Ron Harpelle, Lakehead University and Kelly Saxberg, Shebafilms (See Video here)
  • Derek Mazur, Nunavut Film Development Corporation (See Video here)
  • Zacharius Kunuk, ISUMA (See Video here)
Session 2:  Community engagement in research – facilitation of community participation in identifying, monitoring and managing research




Session 3:  Messages through Print for Communities, Policy makers and Academics focused on understanding the impacts of resource development



Session 4:  Using the Internet and Multimedia to share knowledge in the Canadian North and Circumpolar networks on issues and impacts of resource development







ReSDA related video shown:  Guardians of Eternity

Session 5:  Northern Panel on Knowledge Exchange and connecting to areas and impacts of resource development (sharing research information, organizational approaches, inclusion of communities, research partnerships)
Resources, Arctic Communities, and Sustainability: Towards a new relationship: Overview of ReSDA research - Chris Southcott
Session 6: ReSDA research projects


The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada announced funding through their Major Collaborative Research Initiative grants in February 2011 for a new Northern research project called Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA). The main focus of ReSDA’s research will be on finding ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource development stay in the region with fewer costs to communities. The Network will mobilize researchers around the questions of finding out how to maximize benefits of resource development to northern regions and communities and minimize the social, economic, cultural, and environmental costs.  The primary objective of the research will be to cultivate innovative approaches to the best ways of natural resource developments s to improve the well-being of northern communities while preserving the region’s unique environment. This issue is all the more pressing given the increased demand for natural resources globally, with many of these resources existing in Arctic locations. As part of the research network activities an annual workshop is held to discuss the current and proposed research with input and direction from community and government representatives across the North.

The Workshop

As part of the research networks activities there is an annual workshop to discuss the current and proposed research with input and direction from community and government representatives across the North. This year the workshop will focus on the best mechanisms for knowledge sharing in the ReSDA network. We will discuss various mechanisms that are used in the northern context and develop a communication strategy for ReSDA, utilizing the best practices for social sciences research situations. This will also begin the development of a knowledge sharing toolbox resource for researchers and community groups to use to improve knowledge sharing practices. There will also be presentations on some of the current research projects of ReSDA. The format of the workshop will consist of short presentations, panel/ group discussions and breakout sessions.

The ReSDA workshop will be held at the Koojesse Room of the Frobisher Inn from the afternoon of Tuesday October 8th to noon on Thursday October 10th.  There will be a Research Café on the evening of Tuesday October 8th at the Nunavut Research Institute.

Workshop Materials

Travel and Accommodation Information

All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and those eligible for reimbursement should contact Valoree Walker. Air travel should be the lowest economy airfare so arrangements should be made to ensure this is available.

Airline Information

First Air and Canadian North offer flights to Iqaluit from various northern communities and also from Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal and Winnipeg

First Air ( – To get the discounted fare use promo code RES53 for online bookings or use the GROUP NUMBER CF1306253 by calling reservations at 1-800-267-1247

Canadian North ( – For the discounted fare use promotional code NAC21 (no restrictions or limited seats) for travel from southern Canada destinations (Ottawa, Edmonton, Winnipeg). If flying from one of the territorial communities please use code CNS10 or ANT06 to get a discounted fare (these seats are limited and restrictions apply).

Bookings can be made online or by calling reservations at 1-800-661-1505. If you have any problems booking please call Canadian North to get the best fare.


Frobisher Inn A block of rooms has been designated for workshop participants at the Frobisher Inn at the rate of $220/night. Guest rooms must be booked by calling 867-979-2222 or toll free 1-877-422-9422, with the group code “YCC.”. This block of rooms is only available until September 27 so you must arrange your accommodation before this date. This block of rooms is only available until September 27 so you must arrange your accommodation before this date.

Travel claims will be included with workshop packages and are available by clicking the link below. You must confirm your eligibility for a travel subsidy. Those eligible and approved for reimbursement should submit completed travel claim forms with all required supporting receipts and information to Chris Southcott or Valoree Walker.

Travel Claim Form

Chris Southcott
Dept. of Sociology
Lakehead University
955 OIiver Road
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5E1

Valoree Walker
ReSDA Coordination Office
Yukon Research Centre
Yukon College
Box 2799
Whitehorse, YT  Y1A 5K4

If you have any questions please contact Valoree Walker ( ) or Romani Makkik ( ).

Romani Makkik
Nunavut Coordinator, Nunavut Research Institute
Phone: 867-979-7282   E-mail: