Monthly News
February 2019
ACSRC New Publications

Across Canada the demand for continuing care services is 
increasing. However, little is known about the 
implications  this has for rural communities. This scoping 
review identifies several key themes in the literature  
related to continuing care in Alberta. These include 
contextual factors, quality assurance and improvement,  and workforce issues. We identify the ways in which rural 
dynamics are included in, or omitted from, this literature 
and recommend areas for future research on rural 
continuing care provision. 
As rural communities face aging , population decline, 
and  the withdrawal of public  services, the provision of  care in rural and northern areas becomes increasingly  complex, draws from multiple and often over - lapping  stakeholders and  organizations, and often functions   differently  than in more urban or ex- urban  areas.   Drawing  from a series of continuing care capacit workshops held  in  Northern  Alberta, this paper presents  roadmap of both continuing care in the region, as   well  as  a refined model for how capacity can be built,  maintained  and developed for  continuing care 
practitioners and organizations.

Think Indigenous International Education Conference

March 20 - 22, 2019

Think Indigenous is holding their "Creating Space for Indigenous Education: Thinking, Speaking & Living Indigenous" Conference at the River Cree Casino and Resort in Edmonton, AB in partnership with the Enoch Cree Nation and the University of Alberta.  

June 3 to 5, 2019, Vancouver, BC and Corner Brook, NL (satellite)

This year's conference will be packed with exciting events and opportunities, including...
  •  Keynote Events at UBC (and webcast to Grenfell and online);
  • The Annual ESAC Wine and Cheese Receptions (held at both UBC and Grenfell);
  • Sessions and workshops geared to graduate students;
  • The announcement of the 2019 ECO-Award winner;
  • Research sharing and networking opportunities galore;
  • Annual ESAC Field Trips (in Vancouver and Corner Brook), and more!

Evolution of capacity strengthening in ecosystem approached to health: the long look

Part of: EcoHealth in Action Webalogue Series

A  long look back on an evolution of capacity strengthening across higher education institutions in the complex field of ecosystem approaches to health. Contributors argue that cross-university, grounded Communities of Practice are particularly appropriate for transdisciplinary educational initiatives tackling the daunting socio-ecological problems, and the associated health and sustainability challenges, currently facing humanity.

Education & Training Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

Watershed Stewardship Grant Program 
Deadline to apply: February 15, 2019

Now accepting applications for the Watershed Stewardship Grant (WSG). If you have a project in mind to enhance, protect or restore Alberta's precious water resources, consider applying. Stewardship and synergy groups, naturalist organizations, recreational and community associations, and other non-profits can apply.  Creativity, innovative and collaborative projects are encouraged. 

Applications open March 1 to 29, 2019

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project (construction of or upgrades to a hospital, medical centre, childcare facility, rink, sportsplex, etc., purchase of fire and rescue equipment) and your city or town has less than 150,000 people, your project may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000.  
Employment Opportunities

Outstanding PhD student to pursue doctoral studies

The outstanding candidate will undertake doctoral-level research focusing on the ways that civil society and social movement organizations engage in food systems governance at the national (and global) level. This research will explore the successes, challenges and future opportunities of establishing new collaborative governance processes that aim to build healthy, equitable and sustainable food systems. The successful candidate must have experience and interest in conducting community-based, action research and working closely with food systems organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph is currently seeking an outstanding colleague who can contribute to the planning program and who will bring a reputation for study and work within rural communities. SEDRD is seeking an individual to support the following areas of planning: agriculture, land use (rural, urban and regional), and social planning

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) is actively involved in Canadian and international planning and development with a focus on rural, remote, and Indigenous communities and territories. SEDRD invites applications with specialization in international rural development planning and with particular attention to development planning in the Global South.
Call for Papers

The Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development (JAED) is a peer-reviewed journal for practitioners and scholars working and researching in areas relevant to Aboriginal economic development.   Its intent is to explore ideas and build knowledge in the field of Aboriginal economic development theory and practice.  The journal prefers a broad interpretation of research and knowledge and encourages a wide variety of contributions in this area.

The deadline for receipt of submissions for Volume 11, Issue 2 is March 31 , 2019.
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities