ACSRC Monthly News
February 2018

Mental Health and Resilience 

Mental health and resilience is an important topic for rural communities. This year the annual FarmTech Conference in Edmonton held their first-ever formal discussion about mental health and the room was nearly at capacity, with close to 400 participants attending the session. 

The discussion was facilitated by Kim Keller and Lesley Kelly, from the Do More Agriculture Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in agriculture across Canada. The foundation works on creating awareness about mental health in agriculture; breaking the stigma that currently exists while building a supportive community and resources for those impacted. 

Under the priority area, Communities and Society, the ACSRC is currently involved in the ' Building Mental Health Resiliency for a Sustainable Campus Community' project aimed at understanding and supporting the mental health and wellness of students attending the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. The long-term goal of this project is to find innovative ways to decrease the prevalence of stress, anxiety and depression in undergraduate students. 

This two year project began in the late spring of 2017. In the first year it aimed at gathering data from the Augustana campus student population through arts based methodologies. Phase two of the project looks to engage high schools within the Battle River School Division and the Elk Island Catholic Schools, by working with administration and students to gather their perspectives. 

Project results will be used in the design, development and feasibility assessment of evidence-informed service delivery models and programming to increase resiliency in students at Augustana Campus and beyond.

The ACSRC is looking forward to the outcomes of this project and how they will help provide programming resources to support mental health and wellness at the University of Alberta. 

For more information on the Do More Agriculture Foundation please press the information button below. 

Rural Workers have a tougher go after workplace injuries
In a recent study completed by Professor Doug Gross with the UAlberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, he and his co-authors found that "there are issues faced by rural workers that aren't faced by urban workers, and 
   they  are  at risk of not recovering as quickly" as stated in 
   the  November issue of  folio .  The full study was 
   published  in  the International Journal of Occupational 
   Medicine &  Environmental Health.  For the full article:

Education and Training Opportunities
Sustainability 101: Environmental Sustainability
April 19, 2018 

Develop a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability, why to strive for improvements, and how to integrate it into your day-to-day operations and long-term planning.

   Part of the Sustainability 101: Certificate in Rural                   Sustainability series of one-day, open enrollment short         courses.

Grant Writing Workshop - Two dates added due to high demand!
March 21,  2018
May 16, 2018
Camrose, AB 

For small organizations and communities, grant writing          can present a real challenge in terms of time, completion,
    budgeting, and submission. Join Dr. Lars Hallstrom, the        recipient of over 80 research, knowledge mobilization,  
    infrastructure and collaborative grants, for this popular 
    six-hour activity-based workshop.
Advanced Municipal Leadership: Strategic Leadership - only 5 spaces left! 

April 26, 2018 Camrose, AB 

Developed and delivered by Doug Griffiths best-selling author of  13 Ways to Kill Your Community , 'Strategic Leadership' e xamines the different types of political leadership and how to employ them effectively. 

A part of the Certificate in Advanced Municipal Leadership series of one-day, open enrollment short courses. 

Books and Other Resources

CoPEH-Canada Course and Webinar Series  

This part online, part face-to-face graduate level course on ecosystem approaches to health is being offered at three sites in May 2018: MontrĂ©al (UQAM), Southern Ontario (University of Guelph), and Prince George (University of Northern British Columbia). 

Eight 90-minute sessions will be conducted as simultaneous webinars across the three sites and the rest of the time will be locally run sessions, including field trips. This program offers a rigorous, hands-on pedagogical approach, illustrated through a case study.

This course is available to graduate students from all disciplines and also to professionals interested in these themes. It is possible to register for the full course for credit at one of the participating universities or to follow the webinars only, on-line (a certificate of completion is provided).

Rural Policy Learning Commons Webinar
Social Enterprise: Building Opportunities 

In this webinar, you will hear about how three social enterprise organizations are empowering and creating
    opportunities for adults across Canada, through a rural,
    regional, and urban approach. 
   The Canadian Community Economic Development               Network (CCEDNet) is a national member-led                       organization committed to strengthening Canadian               communities by creating economic opportunities that             enhance social and environmental conditions.  

   The  Learning Exchange is a community resource for adult     support, individualized learning, skill development, and         access to employment in Saint John, New Brunswick.           Empowering adults to achieve their education and                 employment goals through responsive programming and       training supported by our social enterprises. 

  Co-operatives First is a business development                      organization focused on increasing awareness and                understanding of the co-op business model in rural and        Indigenous communities across western Canada. Their        goal is to help groups build new businesses and support      community development.

Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities 

This recently released, open access book emerges  from the research  network, Intersections of Sustainability, focused on the relationship between water and climate change. Intersections of Sustainability is a team that explores water governance, climate change, resource development and their implications for rural and Indigenous communities. 

The aim of the network is to bring a whole-system approach to developing critical, solutions-driven research in partnership with government agencies, academic partners, civic organizations, policy makers, industry actors and non-government organizations. 

The eight essays that comprise this collection provide a survey of contemporary work on socio-ecological resilience in Canada, representing a number of diverse fields, including business, law, and watershed science. 

The aim of this collection is twofold. First, it aims to provide a snapshot of significant work on resilience in Canada. Second, it aims through this snapshot to foster the development of productive dissonances and resonances in each contribution's engagement with resilience.

Please click the link below to open a digital copy. 

Rural Routes: Opioid Crisis in Rural Canada 
The opioid crisis impacts hundreds of thousands of lives across North America and rural areas are increasingly at risk. To investigate the impacts of opioids in rural contexts, we're presenting a special two-episode edition of Rural Routes, featuring stories from both individuals
and institutions with experience on the frontlines of the         rural opioid crisis. 

These difficult and sometimes inspiring stories address important questions about the fight against opioid addiction; are rural communities disproportionately affected? How are individuals and institutions working, or not working, to help communities heal? Is enough being done? In this we hear stories of  personal challenge and determination from Stephen Miller, a recovering user and vivid storyteller, and Susan Boone and Brian Reese, whose personal experiences led them to organize a community-based harm reduction program on a small island off the coast of Newfoundland.

Events and Conferences

Health and Shared Prosperity - Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 30th Annual Conference 
October 9-12, 2018 Saskatoon, SK 

2018 Call for Contributions 

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) annual conference brings together nearly 200 practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural areas. This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from a diverse group of individuals, and hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who call rural Canada home. 

The theme for this year's conference is "Health and Shared Prosperity', this broad theme breaks down five general topics to explore: Accessing Health, Feeding Success, Sharing Prosperity, Prosperous Labour Force and Eco-Health. 

The conference organizing committee is accepting contributions for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for the upcoming conference. 

Submissions are due April 2nd, 2018 by 11:59 pm. 

For more information please email:   
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