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Harris Centre Labrador West Regional Workshop: impacts of a booming economy; labour market development; and fostering sustainable and resilient communities

NOTE: This opportunity has expired or is an event which has already taken place.

When: Tuesday March 26, 2013 from 8:30am to 3:00pm
Where: Labrador West Arts and Culture Centre, Labrador City

You’re invited to attend a Harris Centre Regional Workshop in Labrador City on March 26, 2013.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to share your work, challenges and ideas with municipal representatives; non-profit groups; small businesses; government agencies; community volunteers; and Memorial University faculty, students and staff.

Previous workshops have resulted in dozens of collaborative projects, including:

  • Two Memorial professors helping a community organization understand and respond to the environmental assessment process for a major development project.
  • A Memorial graduate student locating, mapping, photographing and researching tourism-related sites in partnership with a local entrepreneur.
  • The writing and development of a script for a play about the rich history of a Southwest Coast community, to be performed as part of the region’s cultural development activities.
  • The development of an entrepreneurship program for youth, organized by a Memorial student group and a regional development board.

The following themes have been developed with a local planning committee, and discussions could possibly surround:

  • Social and municipal impacts of a booming economy
    • How do we address the unwanted consequences of rapid development, such as stresses on municipal infrastructure and housing?
    • What are the impacts on non-mining activities, such as health care, education, volunteerism, and social welfare?
    • How can we capture the positive opportunities which present themselves as a result of increased economic activity?
  • Labour market development
    • Where will the workers come from and how will we make sure they remain in a community over the long term?
    • What is the “right” balance between permanent residency and fly-in/fly-out status?
    • How do we diversify the economy and work toward developing a mining cluster?
  • Fostering sustainable and resilient communities
  • With the dependence upon natural resource extraction, how do we promote environmental stewardship into the future?
  • How can we ensure that we don’t forget long-term development as we struggle to deal with short-term priorities?
  • With influxes of workers at varying times, how is community cohesion maintained and used to deal with change?

There will also be a Memorial Presents Public Forum held the evening before the workshop. Dr. John Thistle from the Labrador Institute will be presenting on Community Resiliency: Navigating the Boom and Bust Cycle in a Remote Mining Community. There will also be two local panelists. This will be held at the Arts and Culture Centre in Labrador City on March 25th from 7:00-9:00pm. It will include a question and answer session and be followed by a reception.

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Registration is free and breakfast and lunch are provided by the Harris Centre. Travel subsidies are available for those who would not otherwise have their costs covered, so please get in touch for more information and to see if you are eligible.

Please contact Amy Tucker at amy.tucker@mun.ca or 864-6115 if you have any questions about the event or how to register.

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