Sixth Annual Workshop, Ottawa, ON. Oct 26-28, 2016

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 to share in these discussions. This 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

Workshop Presentations

Agenda (Oct. 24, 2016)

Workshop Updates (October 24, 2016)

Northern Public Affairs lunch meeting on Thursday October 27th for those interested in joining the discussions on the Northern Public Affairs Magazine. All our welcome to Join Josh Gladstone and Sheena Kennedy Dalseg during our lunch on Thursday to support the work of the Northern Public Affairs Magazine. They would welcome your input and suggestions on the knowledge mobilization strategy work.  If you are interested in joining the discussions please send your RSVP to Josh Gladstone at  More details here.

Research and Session Summaries (pdf files)

Session 1: Well-being and Sustainable Environments (pdf)

Session 2: Community Sustainability (pdf)

Session 3: Sustainable Cultures (pdf)

Session 4: What Works (pdf)

Session 6 and 7: Partnerships and Linkages

Workshop Background (detailed pdf)

This year the ReSDA workshop in Ottawa will highlight the findings of our subprojects, the interconnections of the research and the policy implications of these findings. The information from the subprojects will also show how the research has addressed the central objective of ReSDA – How can Northern communities benefit most directly from resource development?  There will be one day involving presentations of the subproject research. Where possible this will include the main investigator, a representative from the partner organization and any students that have been involved in the research.  It is hoped that the workshop will be a dynamic interaction of researchers, partners and policy developers that will contribute to discussions on more innovative policy approaches to resource development in the north. Using ReSDA’s basic research question regarding the potential to increase benefits from resource development flowing to northern communities we hope to determine whether new innovative social and economic mechanisms can be developed through policy changes that would increase the ability of northern communities to enhance their sustainability.

Workshop themes and structure

The workshop focus is on ReSDA research, partnerships and policy implications for resource development.  We will hear from ReSDA researchers, students, community partners and other partner networks. There will be opening session the evening of Wednesday October 26th with the workshop sessions occurring Thursday October 27th and Friday October 28th.  There is a morning session on Saturday October 29th is being considered for researchers with ReSDA projects. This session would be used to discuss the synthesis of the research, and project connections with consideration on how these can be communicated in a cohesive manner for the network.

  1. ReSDA Research Results
    • Well-being and Sustainable Environments
    • Community Sustainability
    • Sustainable Cultures
    • What Works
    • Community connections
  2. ReSDA research partnerships
  3. International Linkages.
  4. Policy implications and considerations.
  5. ReSDA and future planning

 Workshop Registration

You must register if you planning to attend the workshop.  Please complete the ReSDA workshop Registration Form and submit to by September 26th, 2016.

Travel and Accommodation Information

All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and those requiring travel support should contact Valoree Walker or Chris Southcott to confirm eligibility.
Air travel must be the lowest economy airfare so arrangements should be made early to ensure this is available.

Airline Information

The following airlines have flights to Ottawa:

Air Canada 
West Jet

Northern Airlines offering services from Northern regions to Ottawa
Canadian North
First AIr


Lord Elgin Hotel:  A block of 60 rooms has been designated for workshop participants at the Lord Elgin Hotel at a rate of $175/night. Guest rooms can be booked by calling 1-(800) 267-4298 or by email  Please make sure you tell the front desk when booking that you are part of the RESDA Conference block of rooms.  You may also book online at   Details of the hotel are available at 

This block of rooms will only be held until September 25th so you must arrange your accommodation before this date. All rooms that have not been booked by this time will automatically be released.  After that they will not guarantee that rooms, or rate, will be available.

If you have any questions please contact:

Valoree Walker
ReSDA Coordination Office
Yukon Research Centre, Yukon College
Tel: 867-668-8857