Baccalieu Trail Thriving Regions Partnership Process
In September 2019, the Harris Centre completed the first workshop in Carbonear for the Thriving Regions Partnership Process. Workshop participants developed five broad themes and then selected three as their top priorities, including Tourism & Culture; Infrastructure & Accessibility (including Cellular Networks); and Innovation & Business Development (including “Green Economy”).
Further information on the discussions and identified themes can be found in the workshop’s summary report.
A call for Expressions of Interest from the university community to do research in the region based on the themes was then opened, and the fund evaluation committee chose three projects to move forward:
• "Storied Trails: Exploring the People and Places of the Baccalieu Trail" (Natalie Dignam, CHMR-MUN)
• "Traditional Knowledge Inventory of the Baccalieu Trail: Mobilizing Intangible Cultural Heritage" (Dale Jarvis, Department of Folklore and Heritage NL)
• "A Watershed Approach to Develop a Foundation for Design and Planning of Sustainable Development" (Dr. Joseph Daraio, Civil Engineering)
These researchers were brought to the Baccalieu Trail region on January 28th, 2020 for a second workshop where they presented on their proposed projects, received feedback and built community partnerships. A summary of this session is available here.
The researchers will now develop and submit full research plans. After these are reviewed and approved by the fund evaluation committee, the Harris Centre will release the funds and researchers will begin their projects.