ACSRC Monthly News
October 2017

RAIL Commons a success
The Rural Alberta Innovation and Learning Commons came to a close on October 1st in Olds, Alberta. Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers and attendees.  If you missed a presentation or could not attend the conference, session presentations are available on the RAIL website. 

Human Rights Research Project Survey
If you are a youth (11-24 years old) or service provider that caters to youth in the following Albertan communities: Camrose, Bashaw, Daysland, Forestburg, Hay Lakes, Ryley, Sedgewick, Tofield and Viking, the ACSRC would like to hear  your views, opinions and concerns about:
-Youth (11-24 years old) knowledge of human rights
-Educating youth about human rights
    -How to spread information about human rights to youth
    Participation is voluntary.  Complete our survey 
    between  August 15 to October 15, 2017.

Regional ECHO Meeting
The ACSRC and the Battle River Watershed Alliance welcomed a delegation from UNBC and Alberta Health Services to discuss the ECHO Network Project's regional case.  Included in this delegation was principal researcher Dr. Margot Parkes.  The group had the opportunity to tour the Battle River Watershed and to learn more about regional initiatives.


Education and Training Opportunities
Sustainability 101: Governance for Sustainability 
December 6, 2017. Camrose, AB
January 10, 2018. Athabasca County, AB
Examine the key challenges of decision-making, engagement, policy-making, and planning for sustainability faced by rural governments, and  
    governance, in the 21st century.

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

Grant Writing Workshop
November 29th 2017

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.
Tracking Change Webinar Series
Multiple dates for the Tracking Change Webinar Series.  Each webinar has limited availability to the general public.  Topics include:

-Variability in Fishing Livelihoods and Fishing Knowledge      among Peace River First Nations
   -How do we Document and Demonstrate the Value of   
   Community-Based Research 
   -Indigenous Law as Foundation
Rural Innovation Forums
Rural Innovation Forums are carefully curated for local governments, industry leaders, economic developers, and technology innovators to: create important relationships    
across sectors; learn about innovative solutions that are  
    economically and environmentally sustainable; and    
    identify value-added projects, partnerships and   
    opportunities in the host region.   

Employment Opportunities
Assistant or Associate Professor - Capacity Development and Extension
The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of Assistant 
or Associate Professor in Capacity Development and   
Extension. The School is involved in Canadian and  
international research, teaching and service.
Books and Other Resources

Rural Sustainability Plans in Canada: An analysis of structure, content and influence
This article highlights:

-Rural communities in Canada have diverse forms and processes of sustainability planning.
-Sustainability plans in Canada are also highly variable in form and content.
-Community characteristics do have an effect upon the structure and content of plans.
-There are regional consistencies in emphasis upon different pillars of sustainability, and smaller provinces have more diversified models.
-Social sustainability is a clear priority for many communities, and particularly for small/Northern/remote communities.

New Call for Proposals to Address the Issues of Rural and Remote Homelessness in Alberta 
The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is currently accepting funding applications from organizations interested in obtaining financial assistance to achieve activities specific to meeting the needs of homeless and at-risk people living in rural and remote areas in the province of Alberta. Project activities must take place  outside  of the "Seven Cities" in         
    Alberta   (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, 
    Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, and Fort McMurray).  

ACSRC Employee Feature

Dareskedar Amsalu: ECHO Network Research Assistant
Dareskedar Amsalu's primary work is focused on developing a systematic and comprehensive inventory of datasets for environmental, community and health indicators across Canada, with more emphasis on Alberta. His project also involves working collaboratively with the Battle River Watershed Alliance and the ECHO Network research team to analyze the cumulative impacts of resource development on environment, health, and community at the watershed level.
Events and Conferences

The Power of Inclusive Communities 
The 2017 FCSSAA Power of Prevention Conference is being held in Edmonton from November 8 to 10th.  The conference offers a keynote on Building a Culture of Engagement along with sessions related to building equitable spaces and engaging youth.

Scaling Up 2017: Making the global bioeconomy mainstream 

November 27-29, 2017 

Scaling Up 2017 will focus on the opportunity for Canada to be at the innovative leading edge of the low carbon, bio-based economy.  
Held in Ottawa, Ont.


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