30 Oct

R2R20 schedule at a lingering glance…

RURAL TALKS TO RURAL 2020 – A VIRTUAL CONFERENCE- Co-produced by the CCRC and Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail Inc. runs NOVEMBER 16-28, 2020 – to register and for a more detailed schedule of guests, events go to: r2r2020.eventbrite.ca

R2R began with a conversation wondering what a conference would look like with rural people talking to other rural people about what was going on in their community. From that conversation it has grown from a local event to an international one – with rural people coming in from around the corner and from the world to share ideas and deepen the conversation on and about rural.

What’s happening at R2R20?

‘This Rural Life’ – is a noon hour session – noon-1pm ET (reminiscent of the Farm Radio Forum) and will run weekdays during the conference with folks from across Canada talking arts, local government, entrepreneurship, the future of rural tourism, the necessity of rural broadband, and there will be sessions on agriculture, wellness, and rural media.

The Evening Panels run between 6.30-8.30pm ET and will include workshops, a story circle, rural research from across Canada and the globe, what’s going on with agricultural technology and investment. We will take a look at the challenges and opportunities of the gig economy, explore Food Security, and the impact of COVID on our health care workers. There will also be a discussion following a presentation by the University of Guelph on an extensive Huron/Perth Covid survey. What’s happening with AI and our connection to technology is on the R2R menu in two workshops, and there is a panel looking at wicked problems, and a crowd taking a run at the future of rural.

LIBRO SATURDAY – November 28th – 9am-1.30pm ET is a half-day about community/environment/climate action.

VALUE ADD:+ END OF THE LANE CONVERSATIONS- 2-3 minute videos from Canadians living in this unique time answering the questions: how are you now? And what does the future look like to you? Videos available to delegates for the run of R2R20 leading to the Libro People’s Awards on Nov. 28.

+ TWO COAST TO COAST VIRTUAL ART GALLERIES: ENDS OF THE EARTH from ArtWorks/Mulgrave Road Theatre in Guysborough, Nova Scotia, and I’LL TELL YOU THE REST LATER with images from the interior of BC featuring the work of playwright/photographer Kelly Rebar will also be on display. We are using one of Kelly’s photographs as our R2R20 image.

+ THE FRIDAY SHINDIG – November 27th – hosted by our good friends at Cowbell Brewery is a time to network while enjoying a beverage – maybe listen to some music – and perhaps you might want to step up at the SPEAKER’S CORNER to talk about your experience at R2R20 – what thoughts you have for us moving forward.

+ THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY LUNCH on November 28th – recipe and how-to video provided by Chef James Eddington of Eddington’s of Exeter will close R2R20.

Lots going on, with plenty of insightful guests and ALL ARE WELCOME. r2r2020.eventbrite.ca

13 Oct

THIS RURAL LIFE @ R2R20

THIS RURAL LIFE – throughout the R2R conference a series of panel discussions will take place. This is an opportunity to listen in/interact with some engaged folks working in rural community – people who are part of the fabric of rural life.

Tune in between noon and 1pm EST – November 17-28. TOPICS INCLUDE- Arts and Culture, Rural Connectivity, Rural Spirituality, Rural Entrepreneurs, Local Government, Rural Tourism, Agriculture, Media

There is an inscription that is etched into metal that reads: The river I step in is not the river I stand in. It is attributed to the Greek philosopher Heracleitus – meaning change is constant in life and experiences. The changes we’ve experienced in our world since the pandemic roared into our lives have been constant. This Rural Life noon hour talks will bring forth ideas on how people have adapted and are adapting in this unique time.

Stay tuned for more information on the virtual Rural Talks to Rural 2020 gathering November 16-28.

10 Oct

R2R20 – OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER – DR. LEROY LITTLE BEAR

Dr. LEROY LITTLE BEAR has himself become an institution. This veteran educator and renowned academic is the founder of the Native American Studies Department at the University of Lethbridge – where he served as Chair for 21 years – also went on to become the founding Director of Harvard University’s Native American Program. He has brought together Elders and Scientists in symposia in order to better connect knowledge and wisdom. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the Officer Order of Canada, and the Alberta Order of Excellence. He’s co-authored three texts – Pathways to Self-Determination: Native Indian Leaders Perspectives on Self-Government, Quest for Justice: Aboriginal Rights in Canada, and, Governments in Conflict: Provinces and Indian Nations in Canada – and helped write Justice on Trial, the report of Alberta’s Task Force on the Criminal Justice System and Its Impacts on the Indian and Métis Peoples of Alberta. A member of the Blackfoot Confederacy, Little Bear contributed to publications for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in the area of criminal justice issues, did the same for the Assembly of First Nations on constitutional issues and has provided legal advice to numerous Aboriginal organizations on land claims, treaties and hunting and fishing rights. He is now recognized as one of the continent’s leaders in the advancement and acceptance of North American Indian philosophy.

We are indeed honoured to have Dr. Little Bear as our opening keynote speaker. In this unique time to have an Elder of his strength, depth of knowledge and good humour, it is a tremendous gift.  

30 Sep

R2R20

R2R20 – working together

In these times there is reason to take heart, I believe. The more chaotic and complicated the world around us appears the clearer our role becomes at the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC). The more challenges we face, the more we find our purpose in our friendships across many divides. R2R20 will bring people together, once again, from across the County, the Country and beyond our borders. The R2R belief remains – that a good idea in King’s County Nova Scotia can be shared and be a good idea in Clinton, Ontario, or in the Qu’appelle Valley in Saskatchewan – or almost anywhere else.

The CCRC is proud to be partnering with the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail Association (G2G) to produce the virtual R2R20. It is an opportunity to share the journey with another rural institution that has proven itself a builder toward a strong and resilient rural community.

AGENDA OUT SOON – STAY TUNED – image by Mary Pym ‘by the south downs’

24 Sep

the story behind the R2R image

The image for the virtual Rural Talks to Rural conference this year is a photograph taken by Kelly Rebar in the late summer of 2020. The image is of rural British Columbia, in the interior of the Province, near Nelson. She didn’t know at the time that the sun would be distorted like it is. The distortion is caused by the smoke in the air from the California, Oregon and Washington wildfires – a thousand miles away.

We are connected and we share this place with a whole jumble of others, and many others that are to come – our next steps need to be taken with great care and consideration.

(Kelly’s fabulous photography can be found at: kellyrebar.wordpress.com)

24 Sep

Rural Talks to Rural 2020 – a virtual conference November 16-28

R2R20 asks: ‘How are you now? How do we better connect knowledge and wisdom? What does change look like to you? What actions are taking place that you can share/that we can learn from – in building a resilient and sustainable rural?

R2R20 is being produced in partnership with the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail (G2G) Association and will include online panels, solo presentations, a return of Passport to Research, debates with different points of view on the state of things, a rural Covid survey across two different counties + shareable ideas/ideas already making a difference. Value add includes ‘End of the Lane’ videos – neighbours talking to neighbours, story circles, and a highschool project on how students see our future unfolding. And there’s more…

Stay tuned for details and registration info soon.

20 Jun

Welcome to the virtual KITCHEN TABLE

Kitchen table

…a place to gather, converse, share ideas, and build a citizen’s assembly for inclusive and progressive change.

It’s an opportunity to participate in our democracy, to create voice, to challenge assumptions, to collaborate with new and old partners.

FORMAT: each gathering runs 70 minutes and will feature a ten minute presentation on an issue or issues with a conversation to follow. Each Table will be recorded and be available along with posts/information/links at www.ruralcreativity.org

THE NEXT KITCHEN TABLE: June 25 at 7PM ET

FOOD FOR THOUGHT…

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us – or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.”

Author – Suzanna Arundhati Roy

“There are different ways of knowing. Empirical scientific investigation, while powerful and extremely useful, nevertheless, is the devil that got us into the present crisis — our use of scientific information without wisdom.”

Physicist – David Bohm

Title drawing credit – Chris Dove, architect
05 May

The CCRC in Ottawa

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Photos by Allan Thompson


Peter Smith, with The Honourable Melanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

May4 – Minister of Small Business and Tourism Bardish Chagger

Treasury Board president Scott Brison with Peter Smith

May4: l-R: Alecia Anderson, Karen Stewart, Gil Garratt, Chris Lee, Peter Smith, Steven Sparling, Genny Smith and Allan Thompson