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CRRF E-Newsletter
September 2013
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Keynote Panels Announced for Rural Canada: Ready to Grow
Conference organizers are excited to announce the keynote panels for the upcoming Rural Canada: Ready to Grow conference. These panels will provide useful insights into regional development and an  opportunity for participant engagement. 

Panel on Regional Development in Canada
  • A National Overview of Regional Development 
    • Heather Hall, Memorial University of Newfoundland and CRRF Board Member
  • Development in Northern Ontario
    • Harvey Yesno, Grand Chief, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Plan Nord
    • Romeo Saganish, MP, Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs
Agreements with First Nations on Resource Development
  • Tim McNeil, Deputy Minister of  Education and Economic Development, Nunatsiavut Government
  • Les Loutitt, Deputy Grand Chief, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

For further information on the conference, including a full schedule, visit


CRRF Annual General Meeting

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) to be held on Saturday, October 25th at the Airlane Hotel, Thunder Bay, Ontario. Everyone is welcome.

Further details regarding the AGM, including the draft agenda and minutes from the 2012 AGM, can be found at:

Financial Assistance to Participate in Rural Canada: Ready to Grow Conference

CRRF is pleased to offer financial assistance to a limited number of rural residents, First Nation members, and students who are active in rural community development to facilitate participation in the forthcoming conference. For further information please click here. The deadline for applying is September 25, 2013.

Exploring Northwestern Ontario - Field Trips at the Conference

As part of the fall conference delegates have the opportunity to visit one of three communities to learn about the opportunities and challenges influencing local economies. Pre-registration for each of the field trips is required and can be done when you register

Learn how the Town of Atikokan has re-invented itself after the closure of the local iron ore mine and how it continues to evolve with the anticipated mining boom in Northwestern Ontario. Full day trip on October 24, departing at 8:00 am from the conference hotel.

Nipigon and Red Rock 
Opportunity to travel to Nipigon and Red Rock to explore how the region is utilizing natural resources to build economic development opportunities! The trip will feature a guided visit to Red Rock and the new Red Rock Marina Centre. The guided visit will be followed by a 8.2 km hike along the Nipigon River Recreational Hiking Trail (moderate difficulty) connecting the Nipigon and Red Rock marinas and overlooking the Nipigon River and Lake Superior. In Nipigon, we will visit the Paddle to the Sea Park and the Nipigon Museum. Throughout the event you will also have a chance to learn about the various regional economic strategies currently being undertaken or proposed in Red Rock and Nipigon. Full day trip on October 24, departing at 8:00 am from the conference hotel.

Fort William Cultural and Economic Development
A half day field trip is being planned to Fort William First Nation for Thursday October 24th, from 1 to 4:30 pm. Fort William First Nation is located adjacent to Thunder Bay, and is a vibrant community, facing many changes which are presenting opportunities and challenges. On our visit we will hear about and experience vibrant cultural programming and youth engagement initiatives, discuss land use planning opportunities and challenges, and innovative economic development plans the band has in place.

Space is limited on each of the field trips. Register early to avoid disappointment. 

Revisiting the New Rural Economy Symposium

On October 23, 2013, the Rural Development Institute is hosting a symposium on “Revisiting the New Rural Economy” to honour recently-retired Bill Reimer, Professor of Sociology, Concordia University. Bill has been a leader with CRRF since its inception and led the New Rural Economy (NRE) Project funded by a series of research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council starting in 1992. 

The day will include research presentations on the New Rural Economy and a celebratory dinner will be held in the evening with stories of Bill’s involvement in rural research throughout his career. Registration is still open for the event and the evening celebration dinner. Visit the website for more details and to register:

Young Adults Opinions on Rural Living Survey

Many rural areas are plagued with population instability and the out-migration of residents. Attracting young adults to relocate to rural areas for employment and to establish families is a goal of many of Canada's rural communities. Yet, these same communities often struggle due to limited knowledge on what motivates young adults’ relocation decisions. The purpose of this study is to examine young adults’ (ages 20-29) perspectives on the attractiveness of living rural Canadian communities. To collect the data for this study, a Facebook page and an online survey are being used to reach a diverse group of individuals and organizations. The Facebook page is being used for two purposes - to advertise the online survey with organizations that have Facebook pages and are invested in rural development, helping young people return or remain in rural areas, or are located in a rural setting, and to host a virtual focus group. Together these two methods will help to tease out young adults’ perspectives on living in rural Canadian communities. The results of this study can be used by rural communities, policy makers, and governing bodies as they are limited in their potential to address the issue of young adult out-migration until they gain further insight into how young adults make their relocation decisions and what supports are needed in order to help young people relocate to or remain in rural areas.

For more information on this study contact Shannon Bence (Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management, Vancouver Island University) at

CRRF Membership

CRRF offers both a one-year membership ($30) and a five-year membership ($100). The benefits of membership are plentiful. Membership runs from January – December. Become a member of CRRF today by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

October 3-4, 2013
Minden, Ontario

October 23, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

October 24-27, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

October 23-25, 2013 in Bologna, Italy

April 24-27, 2014 in Haliburton Highlands, Ontario

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