RPLC Research & Exchange Mobility Grant: Student Output 

Recently the RPLC, Research and Exchange Mobility Grant supported Francesco Cirone and Vonique Romayne Mason-Edwards  on their projects entitled; “Analysis of the Efficiencies of Food Management System Using a GIS Network Analysis Approach” and “Exploring the Role of Social Sanctuary in Arctic Community Development: A Case Study of Nunavut and Greenland”respectively. These students give an overview of their projects in the videos below:

Francesco Cirone


In recent years, the application of GIS for analysing the efficiencies of food systems has spurred interest in the private and public sectors. The objective of this project was to study how the GIS Network Analyst approach can be used to model and analyse the distribution of local markets and grocers in southwest Manitoba. The distribution of vendors, markets, and consumer demand was examined by applying:service area analysis, origin-destination cost matrix analysis and the closest facility analysis. To read more, Click Here.

Vonique Romayne Mason-Edwards


Since the Post World War II era, democratic countries such as Canada and Denmark have joined the international community in adopting strategies of development as a means of preventing and alleviating human suffering. Canada and Denmark continue to be measured by their ability to provide social programs that meet the needs of their citizens. As these countries continue to pursue this objective, it is increasingly important for policy makers at all governmental levels to accurately measure how well Canada and Denmark are looking after their indigenous citizens, and to determine which models, policies and programs will be most useful in facilitating indigenous Arctic social development.

To read more Click Here

Please Visit Research and Exchange Service Page for more information about RPLC grant opportunities.

“Enhancing Inclusivity in Rural Canada” Workshop Report : by MIRRA Network

Photo from Pixabay

Photo from Pixabay

The Migration in Remote and Rural Areas (MIRRA) Network and the Rural Policy Learning Commons is pleased to have supported the interdisciplinary workshop entitled “Enhancing Inclusivity in Rural Canada,” which was held at the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta on November 1-2, 2018 and involved the participation of 14 scholars from across Canada.

Meeting within the context of both a seeming rise in xenophobic and anti-migrant sentiment across the Western world as well as the recognition that much more work must be done to ensure authentic Reconciliation between settlers and the indigenous peoples of Canada is occurring in rural areas, workshop participants discussed a variety on ongoing research projects that touched on the reality of cultural and religious diversity in rural Canada, with a focus on building more inclusive rural communities.

For full details: Click Here

Recent Book Published:Service Provision and Rural Sustainability, Infrastructure and Innovation: By RPLC Members


Access to quality services and community infrastructure are vital parts of supporting sustainable and resilient rural and small-town places. Renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in rural communities present significant challenges from the constrained fiscal and policy realities of the 21st century.

Drawing upon contributors from five Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, this book describes innovative service delivery and community infrastructure models that are appropriate to the contemporary rural and resource-dependent regions of developed economies. The examples show that an entrepreneurial approach to service delivery and infrastructure provision by local organizations and governments is needed. Critical economic and community development supports are crucial to assist creative and innovative sets of solutions that work for small communities. Visit Here to download material. Please visit http://rplc-capr.ca/publication/ for more RPLC recent publications.

2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2019 North Atlantic Forum and the  Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference will be held at St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, October 1-4,2019. The conference is aimed to bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural sustainability issues.  This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from other, and to hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who live and work in rural regions.

The conference organizing committee will accept abstracts for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for 2019 conference until March 31, 2019. The conference theme is Sustainable Communities.

Visit website:http://northatlanticforum.org/  for more information and submit your application.

Rural Route Podcast- The Country Mouse and The City Mouse


Everybody knows the old story of the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. In this episode of Rural Routes, Dr. David Freshwater of University of Kentucky and Dr. Kevin Morgan from the University of Wales suggest we better develop some new ways of understanding the differences, and dependencies, between rural and urban populations. In the age of globalization, climate change, and just-in-time deliveries, what do rural and urban need, want, and expect from each other? Our guests both have incredible knowledge and experience, and you might even laugh a couple of times too.

For more information about this episode, visit: http://ruralroutespodcasts.com

Recent Webinar Video: Mapping Historic Sites in Rural Manitoba: Development, Themes, and Application

Did you miss the recent RPLC webinar? Don’t worry, here is the full video of the webinar. This webinar will describe an eight-year project of the Manitoba Historical Society to develop a comprehensive online inventory of historic sites around the province. Using Global Positioning System (GPS) data, field photography including aerial imagery taken with drones, and archival research, we will show how abandoned places reveal the ways in which rural Manitoba has changed through the 20th century, in terms of depopulation, agricultural mechanization, development of telecommunication and electrical infrastructure, changes in construction methods, evolution of the education system, changing attitudes to organized religion and Institutions, and home-front involvement in wartime. Possible applications of this inventory for heritage conservation, promotion of tourism, and education, as well as implications for rural planning and policy development, will be  discussed.


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