Seventh Annual Workshop, Whitehorse, YT Oct. 18-20, 2017

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This year’s workshop of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Network will highlight the results and activities of our first seven years of research. It will be held October 18-20, 2017 in Whitehorse, YT at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.

DRAFT Whitehorse Report

Final Workshop Agenda (event schedule)

Evening Reception – Wednesday October 18th at the MacBride Museum

ReSDA reception invitePublic Film Showing – Thursday October 19th at the Beringia Museum (7:00 PM)

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Background Information

The ReSDA research network is a 7 year funded project of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) that has been in operation since April 2011. This year’s workshop will provide a summary of some of the research that has been done and what this means. Some of the researchers will share their experiences working in northern communities and how the results can be used to support community development.  We are planning to have sessions that will allow for a variety of participants to share their experiences in social science research including graduate students, community members and those who are doing research through the northern Colleges.  The sessions will summarize many of the considerations and discussions that have occurred over the course of this program.

We are proposing to have smaller breakout sessions that allow people to select topics of particular interest to them. Here are some of the proposed  sessions for the workshop:

  1. well being and healthy communities
  2. socio-economic and environmental factors/indicators
  3. indigenous involvement and partnerships in research
  4. communication of research
  5. policy considerations
  6. economics and entrepreneurship
  7. student involvement
  8. Northern Colleges and Institutes in research
  9. food security

We also want to offer some training workshops based on some of the ReSDA activities and considerations for research in social sciences. This will include a session on the use of video in projects to enhance knowledge sharing practices.

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. We welcome any ideas/suggestions you might have for this event. You can send your comments to or

DRAFT Agenda

Background Details

Please note that the Saturday morning meetings (Oct 21) are optional, details TBD.

Workshop Registration

You must register if you planning to attend the workshop.  Please complete the ReSDA workshop registration online via Eventbrite. Alternatively, you may download the Registration Form and submit to

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.

There is funding to support Yukon communities travel . If you are interested in participating in the workshop but would require travel support please contact Valoree Walker ( ) to find out about Yukon travel subsidies that are available.

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 flight service from various locations to Whitehorse:

Air North  (  flights available from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Inuvik, Old Crow and Dawson City.  AirNorth is providing workshop delegates a 10% discount off the best Go Yukon, Saver and Optimum fares available at the time of booking. For reservations by phone call 1-800-661-0407 x 107 (within North America) or 1-867-668-2228 ext. 107 (local) and provide the promotion code ReSDAWS17. You can also book online anytime at RESDAWS17

Air Canada 


Westmark Whitehorse Hotel:  A block of 35 rooms has been designated for workshop participants at the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel at a rate of $119/night. Guest rooms can be booked by calling 1-(800) 544-0940 or 867-393-9700 or by email  Please make sure you tell the front desk when booking that you are with the group YRC101817 block of rooms.   Details of the hotel are available at

All reservations must be made no later than 30 days prior to arrival (September 18th) so you must arrange your accommodation by this date. 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