08 Jun

CCRC Radio/Podcast: VIEWPOINTS episode 2

There are many other ways to see, to speak and to know. Hosted by Byron Flekke with First Nations and Indigenous guests from around the world, VIEWPOINTS episode two will explore Indigenous perspectives on climate. 

Is infinite growth on a finite planet possible? How do we get involved beyond the blue box in dealing with climate change? There is technology that is helping and there is work going on that you might not be aware of.

Come to Indigenous perspectives on climate on June 24th and learn how traditional knowledge is impacting the climate crisis on our one and only home. You will be joining guests from across Canada, from Finland and Peru who will let you in on the environmental work they are doing. The thoughts may change the way you get involved in leaving the campsite better than you found it for future generations. Comments and questions can be sent to info@ruralcreativity.ca


Indigenous peoples are vital to, and active in, the many ecosystems that inhabit their lands and territories and help enhance the resilience of these ecosystems. Indigenous peoples interpret and react to the impacts of climate change drawing on traditional knowledge to find solutions.

UN report on Climate

VIEWPOINTS on INDIGENOUS perspectives on CLIMATE
June 24th @ 8pm-9:30pm ET
Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91441322243

31 May

CCRC adopts a kilometer of the G2G!

The CCRC has adopted 1 KM on the Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail. It is in part thanks to the folks at the amazing G2G for their co-producing of the Rural Talks to Rural 2020 conference with us. If you can get out onto this magnificent piece of social and environmentally friendly architecture that takes you into the heart of farm country, the kilometre that we have adopted is at KM 52-53 (from Goderich). The plaque will read ‘adopted by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity’ – send us a photo if you do pass by and we’ll post it on our website.


Congratulations to everybody – this project is such a wonder, and to be connected to this remarkable community initiative is an honour. For more information on the G2G and the folks responsible please read below.

“G2G Rail Trail Experience is all about connection. Connection between yourself and others, people and nature, cyclists and hikers, rural and urban settings, beach and buildings. G2G Rail Trail Inc is sustained by an enthusiastic volunteer base that is motivated to provide a sustainable inclusive multi-use trail. All efforts on the trail are funded by private donations and by government grants. With that in mind, the trail is free for everyone to use but can only continue to be maintained by donations. As little of a donation as $5 will add you to our e-mail communications and keep you in touch with all things G2G Rail Trail!” (G2G Website)

For more information visit: http://g2grailtrail.com/

13 May

CCRC Radio/Podcast: VIEWPOINTS

Episode 1: EVERY SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE PLEADS ‘NOT GUILTY.’ FASHION and its connection to the CLIMATE CRISIS.

VIEWPOINTS

VIEWPOINTS on the CCRC Radio/Podcast offers unique perspectives on contemporary and global issues. Each session brings people together from different worlds to offer their stories, their experiences, their questions and their gathered insights, on a specific topic. Engaging, provocative, informative, and entertaining, VIEWPOINTS is as much about listening as it is about offering.

The first VIEWPOINTS podcast is about the Fashion Industry and is moderated by Yuddha Maharaj and produced by the CANADIAN CENTRE FOR RURAL CREATIVITY. The episode is called EVERY SNOWFLAKE IN AN AVALANCHE PLEADS ‘NOT GUILTY.’

You will be a part of a conversation that looks at how we got to where we are at, and where we go from here. From the historic, to the contemporary, from the ethics of fashion, to how you can make a difference, this interactive session will have you meeting informed guests from different parts of the world. Nigerian writer Ben Okri said: Change your story and you might very well change your life.

Come to VIEWPOINTS and listen to some unique stories that might have you thinking about changing your own story when it comes to your relationship with your clothes. Comments and questions can be sent to info@ruralcreativity.ca

VIEWPOINTS on FASHION and its connection to the CLIMATE CRISIS
May 27th @ 8pm-9:30pm ET
Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92396503366


26 Mar

Arts Survey – Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6Y93RVK

Professional Development Survey- Visual Arts
This survey by the University of Calgary involves questions about professional development opportunities and course-based MFA (visual arts) programs. In order to engage the Canadian arts community better, we are seeking information to understand your interests and experiences in these kinds of activities. The 10 question visual arts based survey is open to adults over 18 including, but not limited to, artists, fine craft practitioners, curators, arts administrators etc. across Canada. Thank you for participating!
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6Y93RVK
For more information please feel free to contact Dr. Leblanc at the University of Calgary: jrleblan@ucalgary.ca

23 Mar

RURAL ARTS – check this out

HEY RURALISTS. The CCRC has been approached by some folks from University of Calgary. They are doing a survey on the arts and wanted to be sure to include the work going on in RURAL COMMUNITIES. Take a moment and lend them a hand. THANKS.
Professional Development Survey- Visual Arts
This survey by the University of Calgary involves questions about professional development opportunities and course-based MFA (visual arts) programs. In order to engage the Canadian arts community better, we are seeking information to understand your interests and experiences in these kinds of activities. The 10 question visual arts based survey is open to adults over 18 including, but not limited to, artists, fine craft practitioners, curators, arts administrators etc. across Canada. Thank you for participating!
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6Y93RVK
For more information please feel free to contact Dr. Leblanc at the University of Calgary: jrleblan@ucalgary.ca

06 Dec

R2R20 – it’s a wrap

R2R20 CLOSING REMARKS
Pete Smith
Meghan Hellstern during the media panel at R2R20 offered this to all of us when we consider what we consider:
Is it necessary?
Is it true?
Is it kind?

Walter Lapore during the Wicked Problems panel said this about working alongside community – that it is important to…
Listen
Unlearn to learn again
And remain vulnerable

Dr. Leroy Little Bear reminds us that, regardless of the path we take, when we get to the top of the mountain – we share the same vision. Justice Murray Sinclair asks us to ‘remember, reconciliation is ours to achieve. We owe it to each other to build a Canada based on our shared future, a future of healing and trust. Achieving reconciliation is like climbing a mountain, he said — we must proceed a step at a time. It will not always be easy. There will be storms, there will be obstacles, but we cannot allow ourselves to be daunted by the task because our goal is Just – and it is also necessary.

I want to thank everybody, you the audience, and the more than100 presenters, who took time to offer insights from around the corner and from around the world – and who made civil discourse the pathway for R2R20.

Thank you to our co-producer the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, our wonderful Lead Partner LIBRO CREDIT UNION, our sponsors, Cowbell Brewery through their Greener Pastures Fund, Canada Futures Huron, and Huron Commodities. Thank you to the associate organizations, the University of Guelph, Gateway, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, the Rural Ontario Institute, Community Climate Council, Ukai, the RTO4, Fair Finance Fund, and Farmworks.

So. Where are we? and… Where are we going? R2R20 asked both questions of our many guests and each, in their own way, worked toward an answer. Leroy Little Bear talks about how the world is in constant motion – in a perpetual state of flux, that everything is animate, that rather than waking up with the thought what am I going to do, maybe it’s time to take a little time to reflect on the world we inhabit. And as the questions ‘Where are We?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ are always in a state of flux too – it’s tricky to set a single compass point and figure all will be OK with the direction chosen.

We are striving at the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity, and by extension R2R, to build a gathering place: a place where people assemble and meet others they mightn’t otherwise meet had they not come to the gathering. It is an All Thingy, an opportunity to share ideas, and wisdom collected via experience, and to laugh, and talk about family, and love, and home. It is a place to disagree, but to remember in disagreement we don’t have to be disagreeable.

As we bring the lights down on R2R20 we are launching the CCRC RADIO in order to continue the dialogue that started here – that brought people together that mightn’t have otherwise met – in order to work toward a stronger unified rural voice, leading to a democratic citizen assembly, and positive collective action for a healthier, more sustainable planet.

On behalf of the organizing producers, and all who made this possible, we offer you our gratitude.

Now. Stay safe, stay tuned, we’ll be talking to you all again soon.

(image is The Train by Arthur Dove)

21 Nov

Three Events we don’t want you to miss!!

Here is our no-excuses offer! FREE REGISTRATION with the PROMO CODE below!! If any or all of the final three days program appeals to you scroll down to register.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26th @6.30-pm EST: TECH + YOU: Technology access – both in terms of how we increase it for the general public and how we restrict and regulate it to prevent harmful outcomes – is central to creating an equitable and progress-focused future. As we move further into the 21st century, we invite you to reflect on what has, and hasn’t, worked well regarding access to technology, and imagine how technology might serve the world of tomorrow. This workshop aims to explore the impacts of access to technology as it stands today and leverage speculative thinking to imagine access frameworks for the future.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27th @6.30PM EST: SHINDIG FRIDAY: a time to network, share ideas, have a virtual beverage with guests and presenters and have your say at SPEAKER’S CORNER – an evening of sharing and caring about where you are, where we are, and where you see us going.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th @9AM EST: LIBRO SATURDAY: A day devoted to community, environment, and climate action. We begin with a discussion with our lead partner Libro Credit Union, a B Corp, an organization that understands the importance of community engagement/investment and how it impacts on the rural environment. And announce the Libro Credit Union People’s Choice Award for the best End of the Lane Conversation video.

Senator Rob Black addresses the delegation starting with his G2G bike ride this summer, then discussing how he sees rural unfolding in the near future. How rural community can accelerate its participation with regards to climate action.

The G2G Rail Trail will present their story following the Senator – this unique infrastructure project contributes to mental and physical health, is fully accessible, and inclusive, and allows anyone to walk, ride, run, through some of the choicest farm land and natural environments in Canada. The discussion will also touch down on how the G2G contributes to a healthier physical environment and is a part of the positive change in climate change.

Samantha Casey, and Miranda Baksh, two young women from Community Climate Council, a non-partisan, youth-led not for profit promoting climate literacy and political advocacy, will make a pair of presentations on the work they are doing to make our one and only home a healthier place not just for us, but for future generations. This is a call to action by tw0o young Canadians who are passionate about climate action.

Dr. David Lobb from the University of Manitoba will close the morning session with a presentation on the importance of soil as it pertains to climate. He will touch down on riparian edges, wetlands, how major shifts in land ownership have impacted climate, and how a healthy soil not only contributes to a sustainable food supply but it is one of the greatest carbon absorbers available to us.

A question will be asked right before lunch: “So what are you going to do to make the place a better place – starting today?

12.30-1.30 – our virtual lunch as designed by Chef James Eddington will take place. James will talk about the food, and the recipe – setting the table for us to zoom into our meal with zest. Check out how to make this delicious recipe with James video HERE and find the written recipe attached right here!

Save the FREE promo code FreeR2R2020.
Go to https://r2r2020.eventbrite.ca 
See you there!

19 Nov

Ready for Shindig Friday?

Friday, November 27th at 6:30 pm is Virtual Shindig Friday! Delegates can mingle and share thoughts online while enjoying a beverage. The best part? Cowbell Brewing Co. has graciously offered a 10% discount for Ontario-based R2R delegates to order Cowbell beverages for Shindig Friday. Due to Ontario Government Regulations, craft beer can only be shipped within the province. Place your order by Sunday, November 22nd at noon to ensure delivery in time for the Shindig.

1. Visit The Cowbell Online Store at https://store.cowbellbrewing.com
2. Place your order by 12-noon, November 22, to ensure delivery in time for the Virtual Shindig
3. Use promo code R2R10 at checkout

Cowbell Shindig
14 Nov

A Tale of Two Conferences

Huron County’s a Tale of Two Conferences

Huron County, The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC) and OMAFRA will be digging deep into topics centered on timely agriculture and rural issues throughout the month of November. 

The 2020 Rural Talks to Rural (R2R) conference will offer lunch hour and evening sessions engaging thought leaders from Huron County and around the globe to discuss topics, both practical and visionary.  Sessions run daily from November 16th – November 28th

The Annual Municipal Economic Development and Planning Forum (Agri-Food Forum) offers 2, ½ day sessions for municipal councilors, economic development and planning practitioners and agri-food stakeholders to explore opportunities for growth in the ag sector along the value chain.  Sessions on November 18th and 19th will explore best practices, offer tools and resources and invite participants to discuss ways to inspire innovation and growth in the Ag sector while supporting vibrant rural communities. 

Attending both R2R and the Agri-Food Forum offers participants an opportunity to look locally and explore visionary global topics centered on the Ag sector and rural community sustainability and growth.  Participants will enjoy extending these important conversations throughout the month of November and beyond. 

Join us.

CONTACT:

Vicki Lass @OMAFRA
vicki.lass@ontario.ca
REGISTER HERE

Peter Smith @ CCRC
peter@ruralcreativity.org
REGISTER HERE