ACSRC Monthly News
March 2017
Education and Training Opportunities

The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons returns!

The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons returns with the strong support of ATCO Gas. Be sure to save the date (Sept 29 to Oct 1), as the RAIL Commons is hosted at Olds College.  Planning has begun so check the RAIL website for details.  Sponsorship opportunities are available!  

Economic and Sustainability Course

Economic & Sustainability is an examination of the managerial and economic foundations of sustainability, how sustainability impacts organizational stakeholders and how sustainability can be measured.  Part of the Sustainability       101 series of open-enrollment, 1 day short course      

Workshop: Creative Tools for Community Building

Enjoy an inspiring morning as we explore the power of simple and creative tools that help build communities. The focus of the session is enhancing engagement and motivation with creative prompts that spark great conversations.

RDI Webinar: Rural Knowledge Mobilization and Social Media 
Explore how you can use social media more effectively to engage your stakeholder and encourage knowledge mobilization between partners and colleagues. This six-person panel will put a spotlight on some of the successful social media initiatives from across the country.

AUMA Webinar: Understanding the refugee experience 
In recognition of March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is hosting a free webinar about the experience of refugees that resettle in Alberta.

Tue, 21 March 2017
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM MDT
Books and Other Resources

Rural Routes Podcasts
Episode 14: Rural Health with Lars Hallstrom 
In Canada, we recognize 14 social and economic factors that influence human health. These social determinants of health range from income and education, to housing, to gender and race. ACRSC Director, Lars Hallström thinks we could add living rural to that list. This episode of Rural Routes is the first one in which we tackle health and well being in rural areas.

Rural Development Institute Research: Working Paper Series

The Rural Development Institute has released a Working Paper Series on Rural Regions.  These five working papers have been written to add to the conversation about rural regions from an economic perspective.

Government of Alberta Workplace Legislation Review

A review of the  Employment Standards  and  Labour Relations Codes in Alberta  is needed to ensure Alberta has fair, modern and family-friendly workplaces that support a growing economy. Albertans should be able to go to work and contribute to our economy while still being able to care for themselves and their families.  The AB Government wants you to share your ideas by completing an online survey.

Funding Opportunities
Communities Choosewell

Communities ChooseWell is a provincial initiative of the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association that promotes and supports the development of programs, policies and partnerships that foster community wellness through active living and healthy eating.

Events and Conferences
Creating Rural Connections 2017

This one day rural and remote homelessness and housing conference will feature two keynote presenters, four concurrent session speakers, one workshop and 3 panel sessions.  Topics will be rural focussed, and will range from mental health, addictions and homelessness to building     
    capacity in the affordable housing sector. 

The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation and Convergence
This year - the second in the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's Three Year Plan (2016-2019) - the CRTC plans to review the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89).  The gatherings entitled  "The Future of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Broadcasting"  aim to bring practitioners, policy makers and academics together as allies to prepare a context for respectful and meaningful consultation.  

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