ACSRC Monthly News

September 2018

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference 
October 9-12, 2018
Saskatoon, SK

The theme of this year's conference is Health and Shared Prosperity.  Under this banner, a variety of themes will be explored by rural practitioners, policy makers, scholars, community leaders and researchers interested in rural areas. Concurrent sessions will be offered under the themes of food security, indigenous health, economic development and labour, environmental health and Arctic science.Those who register prior to September 14 can participate in optional conference field trips as well.

Please click the link below for more information and to register.

PLACE 18 National Conference

October 12-14, 2018

PLACE is a national conference for students in planning, geography, and related disciplines.This conference will bring in speakers from across Canada, discussing various issues, opportunities, and concepts related to Urban Planning. From Friday to Sunday, attendees will learn about planning from various perspectives and have the chance to attend lectures, field visits, round-table discussions, workshops, and evening gala and social nights. Come visit Edmonton with over 250 other attendees to network, learn, and connect with planners and students from across the country.
For more information, please click on the link below.


National Symposium on Rural and Remote Housing/Homelessness
October 24-26, 2018, Canmore, AB

Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness Symposium announced the first three keynotes for the Symposium: Dr. Alina Turner, Derek Ballantyne, and Ruben Nelson.  In addition, a screening of documentary Iglu:Angiraqq (House:Home) by Mosha Folger and Karen Beddard exploring housing issues in Iqaluit, Nunavut will be shown. More keynotes and content announcements to come in the upcoming weeks!

The Alberta Rural Development Network and Alberta Rural Coalition on Housing and Homelessness is hosting this inaugural symposium intended to share information, tools, training and expertise needed to address the unique issues of rural homelessness and housing.

Please click the link below for more information and to register before October 10th.

Early-bird pricing until September 30, 2018

The Jackson Hole Global Forum will bring together diverse experts to discuss and compare the current challenges and potential opportunities for U.S. coal communities and similar regions around the world to generate new models of economic growth.

For more information, click the link below.
Learning Events

Advance your career development goals & position your organization for sustainable growth

Augustana Extended Education (AEE) is the professional development provider of the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus. Since its launch in 2015, AEE has provided training to nearly 400 community leaders from over 60 rural Alberta communities.
This September through June 2019, AEE is offering a variety of professional training opportunities including a repeat delivery of the Certificate in Rural Municipal Leadership (fall courses are already sold out!), our popular Grant Writing Workshop, new Program Evaluation Workshops, Rural Planning & Development, and a new 'Emerging Issues' series of one-day seminars including Getting Ready for Renewable Energy in Rural Alberta.
Visit Augustana Extended Education online by clicking the link below for full course descriptions, dates, and more information.


Rural Policy Learning Commons Webinars

Transitioning to the New Rural Cannabis Economy:  
Thursday September 27, 2018
Up until now cannabis has played an important, but hidden role in the socioeconomic fabric of southern rural regions of British Columbia. As B.C. rural areas prepare to address the incoming act, there is a recognized challenge posed by the lack of available best practices resulting from the sector's newly legalized status. There is both a need to understand social implications related to cannabis legalization, and a desire to advance economic opportunities of this emerging industry.
Understanding Food Sovereignty and Policy Through a Community Lens 
Thursday, October 4, 2018
The current development of A Food Policy for Canada and the case of Nishnawbe Aski Nations are presented as opportunities to apply rural and Indigenous lenses to  questions about how principles of food sovereignty might be recognized and supported by public policy. Policy recommendations that reflect food sovereignty principles and rural and Indigenous priorities are suggested with a focus on the need for democratic engagement, attention to place and power, and value driven actions for food providers, people and nature. Finally, action-oriented, community-driven future research related to the articulation, operationalization and measurement of food sovereignty is proposed.

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