Seventh Annual Workshop, Whitehorse, YT Oct. 18-21, 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 18-21, 2017 in Whitehorse, YT at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.

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
  4. communication of research
  5. policy considerations
  6. partnerships in research
  7. student involvement
  8. Northern Colleges and Institutes in research
  9. future research directions

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. 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. You can send your comments to vwalker@yukoncollege.yk.ca

 DRAFT Agenda

DRAFT ReSDA Workshop agenda Whitehorse2017 040717

Workshop Registration

You must register if you planning to attend the workshop.  Please complete the ReSDA workshop registration online via Eventbrite by September 1st, 2017. Alternatively, you may download the Registration Form and submit to vwalker@yukoncollege.yk.ca.

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.

At this time there is limited funding to support participant travel. If you are interested in participating in the workshop but would require travel support please contact Chris Southcott (csouthco@lakeheadu.ca) or Valoree Walker (vwalker@yukoncollege.yk.ca ) to find out if any travel subsidies 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  (http://www.flyairnorth.com/)  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 www.flyairnorth.com/?promocode= RESDAWS17

Air Canada   https://beta.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home.html 

Accommodation

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 sales@westmarkwhitehorse.com  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 http://www.westmarkhotels.com/destinations/whitehorse-hotel/

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
Email: vwalker@yukoncollege.yk.ca