CRRF CONFERENCE 2018: How I Spent My First Week On The Job- By Georgette Nyankson

As a newly hired Rural Engagement Assistant at RPLC, i got the opportunity to spend my first week on my job at CRRF Conference in Saskatoon.It was a great opportunity for me to network myself with scholars, researchers and policy makers which i believe will help me in my career.The CRRF Conference was hosted by University of Saskatchewan. RPLC-CAPR has been sponsoring CRRF Conference since 2014 to date. It was a three days conference from October 10th, 2108 to October 12th 2018. The theme for the CRRF conference was “Health and Shared Prosperity. It was a remarkable conference with about 143 attendees and free webinar online access for participants who were not present. The conference comprised of different sessions namely; Plenary Session, Concurrent Session, Poster Session, Board Meetings, New Researchers Forum and Banquet Dinner.Keynote speakers (click here for names of speakers) presented on five thematic areas namely; Community Navigators, Conversation Café, Rural Mental Health, Water Governance as well as Reconciliation and Rural Development.

It was a great experience for me since my country of origin(Ghana) constitutes higher proportion of rural areas which face similar challenges as stressed by the speakers. In fact, the keynote speakers did great presentations by making good justifications with great statistics, facts and good literature review with regard to their areas of research. I educated myself very well with all the sessions I participated however I would like to elaborate on what I learnt from three plenary sessions (Rural Mental Health, Community Navigators and  Conservation Café) and one concurrent session (Rural Data and Digital Technologies).

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First MIRRA Research/Policy Brief is published- by Michelle Lam

The first MIRRA Research/Policy Brief is published by Michelle Lam entitled “Newcomer Integration and Educating Canadians”. This research brief provides an in-depth analysis of the recent board game tool entitled Refugee Journeys: Identity, intersectionality and Integration which is a tool that can educate Canadians more specifically about integration experiences.The game was developed with the goal of educating Canadians about newcomer experiences.

The Canadian government defines integration as a “two-way street” which involves change and accommodation from both newcomers and Canadians. But most settlement and integration initiatives work towards educating newcomers about Canada, not the other way around.

For full content of the Brief: CLICK HERE

RPLC Welcomes New Team Members

RPLC Welcomes Adams Abdul Salam as New Rural Policy Assistant

Adams Abdul Salam is our new Rural Policy Assistant at RPLC. Adams currently resides in Brandon, Manitoba but was born in New Edubiase,  Ghana. He is an active politician in Ghana, who is passionate about improving the livelihood of people living in rural communities through effective  policy making.He holds a master’s degree in Rural Development from Brandon University, Canada and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Adams has worked as a Football Administrator and as a Community Planning Officer for the Dream Project INC (a Non-Governmental Organization in Ghana).

RPLC Welcomes Georgette Nyankson as New Rural Engagement  Assistant

Georgette Nyankson is newly hired as the Rural Engagement  Assistant for RPLC. She was born and grew up in Ghana (West Africa). She has worked  as a Country Program Coordinator for Volunteer BaseCamp (Canadian Non-Governmental Organisation) for three years where she coordinated international volunteers working on projects with small community groups, government institutions and non-governmental institution in rural and deprived communities in Ghana. She worked simultaneously as a Project Manager in West Africa for USA Airforce with Language Acquisition Abroad Program.

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The Launch of the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network! by Ray Silvius

Ray Silvius announced that a publications tab has been added to the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network webpage. The first two publications have been posted.

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RPLC Proudly Presents – FREE Webinars from 2018 CRRF Conference

The RPLC is proud to support the 2018 Canadian Rural Revitalization Federation (CRRF) Annual Conference, October 10 – 12, 2018, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The annual conference is hosted by CRRF, University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA).  For those unable to attend the sessions in person, the RPLC will be broadcasting thirteen (13) sessions live and will be posting the videos on our RPLC YouTube Channel.  The conference is all about bringing together rural practitioners, policy makers, scholars, community leaders, and researchers who are interested in rural areas.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the Webinars Poster.

On the poster you will find a link for individual sessions.  Click on as many links/sessions to pre-register for the one’s that peak your interest. All are offered FREE and will be broadcast live in the CST Saskatchewan (GMT-6)


The Rural Research Centres Network recently concluded its first travel award and is pleased to support an excellent group of award recipients. During the summer 2018 round of applications for the Rural Research Centres Travel Award, 13 applicants applied for support to attend conferences and continue research collaborations on a variety of rural-focused topics. These awardees will benefit from the ability to present their research findings to a broad network of peers, form and strengthen Canadian and international research partnerships, and enhance networking and shared capacity building opportunities among members of rural research centres across RPLC’s network.

The successful researchers who are being supported by this year’s Rural Research Centres Travel Award include:

  • Mikael Akimowicz, Brandon University Rural Development Institute – Travel to Toulouse, France to share research findings with OECD partners
  • Sally Shortall, Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University – International Sociology Association Conference
  • Sherine Salmon, Brandon University Rural Development Institute – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2018 Conference
  • Kathleen Kevany, Rural Research Centre at Dalhousie University – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2018 Conference
  • Brennan Lowery, Grenfell Campus of Memorial University – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2018 Conference
  • Jill Bucklaschuk – Metropolis Conference in Halifax
  • Laura Garcia Herrero, University of Bologna – LCA Conference Fort Collins, CO
  • Valencia Gaspard, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at University of Guelph – People, Place, and Public Engagement Conference St. John’s, NL
  • Sarah Minnes, University of Saskatchewan – People, Place, and Public Engagement Conference St. John’s, NL
  • Jane Atterton, Scotland’s Rural College – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2018 Conference
  • Paul Kraehling, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at University of Guelph – Ontario Professional Planners’ Conference Sudbury, ON
  • Emily Piontek, University of Missouri at Columbia – 2018 Rural Energy Conference Atlanta, GA
  • Marc Yvan Valade, Ryerson University – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2018 Conference

R&E Grant Supports Cirone’s Research to Improve Local Food Systems

Making international comparatives between Italy and Canada – University of Bologna student, Francesco Cirone, is learning how to use GIS (graphic information systems) software to increase the efficiency of local food systems. Cirone plans to visit several local food markets throughout the Westman Region in Manitoba and, in working with Dion Wiseman at Brandon University, will create a map of local food supply systems with spatial analysis regarding food production, transportation and distribution.  The opportunity to conduct his research in Canada was made possible with support from the RPLC Research & Exchange Grant.

To learn more about Cione’s research contact: francesco.cirone@studio.unibo.it

To learn more about the RPLC Research & Exchange Network, click here.


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*For more information on upcoming webinars, please contact Munzaleen Sajjad, sajjadm@brandonu.ca

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#RuralON - With the final goal of enhancing #localfood, this handbook called “Facilitating the Agricultural and Local #Food Sector in #Northern #Ontario has examples of #policy directions & area initiatives. Thx Ivan Emke #rplccapr #rural #agriculture https://t.co/6FhcAT3ATP

#RuralCAN - "The #ClimateAtlas of Canada shows users what trends to expect in their communities as a result of #climatechange" #rplccapr #rural #ruralissues #climate #environment Thx @BillReimer3 & @SheriLongboat https://t.co/71NGMQOK5Q

#ruralAmerica - "Even in the country that invented the #internet, access has remained painfully slow for many #rural residents in places like the central state of Arkansas, far from the big cities of the East & West coasts" #rplccapr #ruralurban #broadband https://t.co/OBA43WxZJV

#RuralAmerica - “The way you talk to #rural #voters resonates far beyond just those areas.... & rural ppl who moved to metro areas to work still identify w/where they were raised" https://t.co/oL6T7FhgLO #rplccapr #governance #politics

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