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ReSDA Workshop 2017

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Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

1171 Front Street

Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0G9

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Each year ReSDA has organized an annual research workshop based on a central theme. The workshop brings together researchers and northern partners representing communities, government, the private sector and non-profit organizations that are involved with issues and research relating to sustainable Arctic natural resource development. This year the ReSDA workshop in Whitehorse will be a culmination of the results of our research, the tools and resources created from this research, ways to include in policy development and some of techniques that have made this a successful model of social science research. The information from the subprojects will show how the research has addressed the central objective of ReSDA – How can Northern communities benefit most directly from resource development?. There will be presentations, panels, working and training sessions. We will look at what has been done for research and what the future directions might include. We will also look at ways to support and improve social science research in the North.

Workshop breakout sessions:
Session 1A - Community Well-being, Indicators and Monitoring (How do communities view, define, and measure wellbeing? How has community well-being been affected by resource development and changes to the environment.This discussion will focus on how we are measuring wellbeing and what impacts resource development has had. It will also look at p
lans, approaches and positive results in the context of resource development in the North)
Session 1B - Economics, environments and agreements
How can you ensure benefits from resource development are sustainable? What are the costs and how are these being reduced?This panel will look at what is being done to guide northern resource development. It will guide best practices and lessons from examples, and assess whether we are now doing better at managing resource impacts on the environment.
Session 1C -
Research and Policy Directions. What is the relationship between research and government, and how can the two best support each other? This discussion will lookat relationships between researchers, research, and government. It will draw from
ReSDA examples, government practices, and other approaches to find best practices, policy implications, and recommendations for ReSDA research results.
Session 1D - Indigenous Involvement and Partnerships in Research. How can we ensure that Indigenous communities are involved in the research that is relevant to them? This discussion will look at examples of successful connections, including ReSDA research partnerships and Indigenous perspectives on the role of research.

Session 2A - New Directions - Northern Institutes and New Researchers. How are northern colleges evolving in research? What has been done to support graduate students through the ReSDA network? This panel will look at how institutions are building northern capacity for research. It will also explore what exists for students in northern social science research, and what more is needed to support student involvement.
Session 2B - Food Security, Subsistence and Support
. How can resource development influence food security issues in the North? What is being done to support the subsistence economy? What steps are being taken to address food security issues? This discussion will explore ways in which the benefits from resource development can be used to create long-term and sustainable solutions.
Session 2C -
Economics, Education and Entrepreneurship. How can resource development support local employment, firms and entrepreneurship, and economic diversification? How can education enhance this? This discussion explores resource development’s opportunities for local firms and workers and how linkages between local economies and resource projects can be promote growth. It will also explores best practices for resource-sector training.
Session 2D -
Communicating Research.
How can we make information on resource development and other research more accessible to all those who might be impacted? How are other research programs ensuring they that communicate effectively with partners and communities? This panel looks at approaches and best practices in knowledge mobilization using successful examples throughout the North and in ReSDA.
Session 3A - Tips for social science research methods How can communities collect and maintain their own data? What resources are available to support this? How can researchers help build the local capacity? We will explore tips for meaningful results and tools for qualitative analysis (NVIVO), data collection, monitoring, analysis, and storage methods used for research and communications.
Session 3B -
Northern research ethics and other considerations
–What do you need to know when working in the North? We will explore important parts of a successful application, including information on timelines, approvalsand supports. It will go over protocols such as TCPS2, OCAP, research permits and other considerations.
Session 3C - Considering film/video and photography in research? How can researchers utilize media format such as film/video and photography? We will explore tips and techniques for success in research using film and video. If possible, interested participants should bring a device you might have that can produce video clips. They will be guided on ways to create materials for various scenarios.
Session 3D - Community Engagement How should you start a research project? What are the best ways to connect with communities or for communities to find researchers? What are some of the best practices for project design, implementation and completion? Looking at ReSDA and other research examples, we will explore how to do this right and develop partnerships that create meaningful research projects in the North.

For full details on the workshop and sessions being planned visit the webpage at www.resda.ca/whitehorse2017

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