Getting it Right: Assessing and Building Resilience in Canada’s North

The Conference Board of Canada, 66 pages, May 28, 2012
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This report provides policy-makers, emergency management practitioners, and community and business leaders with a conceptual understanding of community resilience and what it means for Canada’s Northern communities.

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Getting It Right provides policy-makers, emergency management practitioners, and community and business leaders with a conceptual understanding of community resilience and what it means for Canada’s Northern communities. It also provides guidance on how to approach risk and resilience assessment methods and models to assess and enhance the resilience of Northern communities. The report identifies existing links between the concept of community security, as defined by Northerners, and the elements that are essential for enhancing community resilience. It then establishes the distinct risk context facing Northern communities by identifying some of the key strengths and sources of their resilience, as well as sources of risk that challenge this resilience. Finally, the report looks at a range of current risk and resilience assessment tools, and sets out four guiding principles that are essential for an effective Northern assessment process.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

Methodology

Chapter 2—An Overview of Community Security and Resilience: Key Concepts and Relationships

  • Defining and Describing Community Resilience
  • Shifting From a Secure Community to a Resilient Community
  • Linking Risk Assessment to Community Resilience

Chapter 3—Establishing the Northern Context

  • Community Strengths and Underlying Resilience
  • Sources of Risk: A Challenge to Northern Resilience

Chapter 4—Risk and Resilience Assessment Models and Initiatives

  • Select Assessment Models and Measurement Initiatives
  • Toward a Comparative Analysis: Key Strengths and Weaknesses

Chapter 5—Enhancing Resilience in Northern Communities

  • Four Fundamental Principles for Effective Assessment in the North
  • How Assessment Can Build Community Resilience

Chapter 6—Conclusion

Four Recommendations for Building Resilience in Canada's North

Appendix A—Glossary of Terms

Appendix B—Bibliography

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