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2021 Breakout Rooms Videos

During the fall 2021 conference, guests had the opportunity to participate in Breakout Rooms where academics from across the country invited lively discussion around presentations they submitted to the conference working group. The themes of the sessions were: Changing Demographics; Community and Collaboration; Infrastructure and the Environment; Local Economies; Se donner les moyens de se revitaliser; Communauté et collaboration; Indigeneity and Inclusion; Infrastructure and Agriculture; Responses and Resiliency. To revisit these presentations, or to view those you missed:

State of Rural Canada Report

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation launched the ‘State of Rural Canada 2021: Opportunities, Recovery, and Resiliency in Changing Times’ during the Creating Inclusive Economies conference in September 2021.

The report focuses on opportunities, recovery, and resilience in changing times. The COVID-19 pandemic offered an opportunity to critically assess and reflect on ongoing issues for rural communities as well as new trends that have emerged in the context of unprecedented global circumstances. This report considers how rural is defined, the key issues shaping rural realities over the past five years, and provides reflections on the future of rural in each province and territory across Canada. Chapters also include case studies that highlight rural  resilience in the face of challenges or change, including responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report is available free of charge and can be downloaded in full or by individual province.


What people are saying about Creating Inclusive Economies


"That was really something! Congratulations to all of you and the many others who made the conference such a wonder, such an engaging, provocative series of calls to action, all tumbled into one event. My only regret - and regret isn't quite the mot juste - was that I was unable to drop into all of the presentations. I thought I'd gadfly it and do a come-‘n-go tea with each session, but the reality was once I got to a spot I was there for the long haul, the entire conversation. And it was always worth it. You grew an orchard of many different fruits and though I was not able to sample all of the offerings, what I did taste, I got so much out of, with connections I'll be leaning into as we carry on in our complimentary activities over here at the CCRC."

Peter Smith

Executive & Creative Director

Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity

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