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CRRF E-Newsletter
April 2015
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Have you Registered for the Building Resilient Community Conference? 


From September 16-19, 2015, community leaders, voluntary organizations, governments, businesses, and researchers will gather in Summerside to discuss rural and regional development. The conference will be an opportunity to highlight people, organizations, and communities who are doing innovative things based on good governance, economic development, environmental considerations, and culture. These activities are critical to creating and sustaining healthy and resilient communities.

As part of the conference, delegates will have an opportunity to experience and explore how PEI communities are becoming resilient through field trips. Three trips are planned: land and water resilience with the Kensington North Watershed Association, economic and cultural resilience in the Evangeline Region, and exploring indigenous resilience in Lennox Island. 
Registration for the Building Community Resilience conference is now available at the conference website: Register before June 15 to take advantage of early bird prices.

The Building Resilient Community conference is co-hosted by CRRF, Institute of Island Studies at University of Prince Edward Island, and the North Atlantic Forum. Further details about the conference and registration can be found at

Indicators of Climate Change Adaptation Reports Released

The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute recently released three reports in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust’s Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative. The initiative assessed the extent to which State of the Basin indicators can be used to measure climate adaptation and resilience in Basin communities, recommend a suite of indicators that fill any gaps left by State of the Basin, and developed a process that other regions can use to produce their own assessment of their adaptation and resilience to climate change. 

“Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada: Taking the Next Steps” Book coming October 2015

BNCImageAPIKeep your eyes out for the “Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada: Taking the Next Steps” book set to be released from the University of Alberta Press on October 15, 2015. This first of its kind book was edited by Lars K. Hallstrom, Mary A. Beckie, Glen T. Hvenegaard, and Karsten Mündel of the University of Alberta and was inspired by the ‘Taking the Next Steps’ conference held at University of Alberta, Augustana Campuse in October 2010. 

In step with rural development initiatives across Canada today, these fourteen case studies (in this book) examine the shift toward sustainability-based planning as a key element of community development. Further, they explore the growth of partnerships between communities and post-secondary institutions, which extend beyond research and education into community development practices, capacity building, and participatory action research. Rural development researchers, decision makers and elected officials at all levels of government, political scientists and policy analysts, and community engagement practitioners will benefit from Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada’s ideal, rational progression—which mirrors the policy process itself—from problem identification to engagement, solutions, and evaluation. 

To learn more about the Sustainability Planning and Collaboration in Rural Canada: Taking the Next Steps Book please visit this link.

Naomi Finseth
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities 

Rural News from Around the Country

Become a Member of CRRF Today! 

January is the start of the CRRF membership year. Now in its third decade, CRRF is a proven rural resource, dedicated to active collaboration, undertaking, facilitating and advocating research for the ongoing development of Canada’s rural communities and environments. As an informal, volunteer run organization dedicated to the welfare of rural Canada it provides a host of benefits to an expanding membership. CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). Membership runs from January – December.

If your membership has lapsed, you will receive an email shortly provide instructions for how to renew your members. 

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Upcoming Rural Events

April 27, 2015 in Moncton, New Brunswick

April 30 - May 2, 2015
Corner Brook, Newfoundland

May 1, 2015
Moate, Westmeath, Ireland

May 11, 2015

19-21 May 2015
Memphis, USA

May 22, 2015 
Cannington, Ontario

25-29 May 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta

June 11, 2015 
Treliske, UK

23-26 June 2015 in Kenora, Ontario

23-28 June 2015 in Brighton, UK

8-10 July 2015 in Sydney, Nova Scotia

15-16 July 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario

18-21 August 2015 in Aberdeen, Scotland

6-9 August 2015 in Madison, USA

17-19 September 2015 in Summerside, Prince Edward Island co-hosted by CRRF and the North Atlantic Forum

More rural events can be found at

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