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)

With the on-set of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restriction of MUN research activities, the three researchers adjusted their processes accordingly. However, all three projects were able to move ahead using virtual engagement practices.

On March 19th, 2021 The Harris Centre hosted a virtual session for the Baccalieu Trail Thriving Regions Partnership Process (TRPP).

With over 60 people in attendance, the session was presented in a webinar format, during which two of the Baccalieu TRPP researchers presented and discussed the results of their work through a moderated discussion:

1. "Hidden Gems of the Baccalieu Trail," by Natalie Dignam
2. "Traditional Knowledge Inventory of the Baccalieu Trail: Mobilizing Intangible Cultural Heritage," by Dale Jarvis



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