ACSRC Monthly News
October 2016
FILM SCREENING: The Pass System

This investigative documentary features Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot Elders and their stories of living under and resisting the pass system, revealing a little-known picture of life under segregation in Canada.  The screening features a panel discussion with Director Alex Williams, Prof. Daniel Sims and Traditional Knowledge Holder Bruce Cutknife from the Samson Cree Nation. 





BOOM & BUST
managing the ups and downs in communities: 
A Guide

Kristof Van-Assche and his colleagues including Dr. Lars Hallstrom Director at the ACSRC examine governance of communities with boom and bust cycles.  
They suggest a new way for a community to analyze itself, to understand its own past and present in a new light, to do this in a participatory process, and then use this analysis as input for community strategizing.
"Opening up self-understanding is creating new possibilities for the future. Some pathways of development allow for many possible choices later, and therefore we highlight the importance of asset creation and preservation."


COW-CALFENOMICS: Managing Uncertainty in Alberta's Cow Calf Sector

Offering sessions throughout Alberta!  The agenda will focus on Market Outlook and Marketing Options, Transition Planning, Risk Management Perspectives, Cost of Production, 7 drivers to Financial Success, and What does your Neighbour think?

To Register please call 1-800-387-6030 

COMMUNITY FORESTRY IN CANADA: Lessons from Policy to Practice

In the past three decades, community forestry has taken root across Canada. Locally run initiatives have been lauded as welcome alternatives to large corporate and industrial logging practices, yet little research has been done to document their tangible outcomes or draw connections between their ideals of local control, community benefit, ecological stewardship, and economic diversification and the realities of community forestry practice. 

Order online in hardcover.

Upcoming Events and Activities
ENGAGEMENT FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE: Research Showcase
ALBERTA RURAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE HOUSING STRATEGY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES
The University of Alberta Faculty of Extension invites you to join them in a celebration of engagement, collaboration and innovation. This event will  celebrate  some of the oustanding engaged research the University 
of Alberta researchers are already doing, and  explore  the role of engaged research in creating positive transformations in our communities.  

Organizations in five rural communities are working with the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) as part of a strategy to build affordable housing for low-income and homeless citizens in rural Alberta.  The housing will be produced sustainably, with a primary focus on re-purposing steel shipping containers.

EXTENDED EDUCATION
SUSTAINABILITY 101 
COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM
The University of Alberta's Augustana Campus offers Sustainability 101 this fall. C ourse work focuses upon the nature, origins, relevance and application of the core, but complex, concepts that comprise sustainability and community development.
The Minister of Economic Development and Trade just announced the Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program.  This grant program can be applied for through two streams: the community economic development stream; and the regional economic development stream.
The CARES Program will have three grant application intake periods with the first one beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, and ending Nov. 30, 2016.


Check out the SPARC Symposium 2016! The 2016 SPARC Symposium will be held a the Pinestone Resort & Conference Centre, 4252 County Rd 21, Haliburton, ON, K0M 1S0 from Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, October 30, 2016 .













RURAL DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE: 101 Ideas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
The 101 Ideas for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a research project  designed to collect and share stories of  innovators and entrepreneurs from rural  communities across Canada. 
 

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