Welcome to BC Rural Network
Established in 2004, the BC Rural Network (BCRN) is a coalition of organizations, communities, and individuals who share a commitment to building the capacity of British Columbia to develop responses to rural and remote community issues. The Network dialogues with rural communities and organizations across BC through a series of annual regional forums, the Biennial BC Rural Communities Summit, an annual province-wide Members‘ Workshop, an e-mail list, regular newsletters, and this website.
A Memoire: Oceans Day 1992
BC Rural Network Director Carol Amaratunga reflects on the inaugural Oceans Day held at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. As the author states, “Oceans Day was formally adopted by the United Nations in 2008 and it is now celebrated as a global education campaign… This year, Oceans Day 2015 has potential to reach and influence people around the globe with a view to raising consciousness of ocean health and coastal priorities. The spirit of Oceans Day 1992 has survived as a global social movement largely due to the efforts of volunteers, schools, aquaria, and community organizations in coastal countries and small island states.” Read the full article and learn more about Oceans Day coming up on June 8, 2015 here.
What the Devil is Ocean Acidification and Why Should We Care?
BC Rural Network Director Carol Amaratunga takes on the topic of Ocean Acidification (OA) in an engaging article about our oceans and what we need to do collectively to keep them healthy. Read the full article here.
BC Rural Network (BCRN) has wrapped up a great initiative—Project Comeback—working to engage youth and enable them to make a permanent home in rural communities. With help from Fraser Basin Council, Project Comeback has been piloted in five BC communities: the City of Williams Lake, Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, the Regional District of Mount Waddington, and the communities of Chase and Kaslo. The pilot ran over a two year period–ending November 2014. Learn more
Rural Youth Diversity Project
Rural communities across British Columbia face a twin demographic challenge of a loss of youth through out-migration and an aging baby-boomer population. To ensure rural communities are desirable and welcoming places to live in now and into the future, they must identify what it is that young value in their communities and how these values translate into a sense of place that young people want to live in or come back to. Learn more
Connect with BC Rural Network
Membership is open to all organizations and individuals that serve a rural constituency, and/or whose mandate is concerned with issues of interest and relevance to rural citizens and communities. Members now receive exclusive access to the BCRN e-News updates. Become a member of BCRN.
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