Every year, the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College takes stock of well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. This region wide check-up investigates a number of indicators across economic, social, cultural and environmental topics.
The 2017 Snapshot report is now available and highlights issues that may be cause for celebration or concern.
Up to $10,000 is available to help a local organization work with a Selkirk College student to undertake community-based research in the West Kootenay and Boundary region. The annual TeckServ Internship, now in its seventh year, provides support for an applied research project designed to offer ongoing benefit to the community.
There are now more seniors than youth in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region, and our population is aging faster than the overall populations for Canada and British Columbia.
Statistics Canada recently released data from the 2016 Census on age and sex of the population. While Basin-Boundary populations are showing certain demographic trends that are common across much of the country, the data shows that there are other issues that are unique to rural places, including the many diverse communities in our region.
This applied research project explored key characteristics, financial and human resources, organizational capacity, social innovation, and organizational connections in the Columbia Basin-Boundary non-profit social sector. The research was an important step towards enabling evidence-based decision-making by our regions’ colleges and Columbia Basin Trust in efforts related to strengthening the sector.
Society and human communities are complex, with a variety of variables at work. While society can be thought of as a broader term describing the direct and indirect social connections between people, community is made up of individuals who are closely connected, often by geography. Community can be defined broadly as “a group of people who live, learn, work, and play in an environment at a given time”.
It is estimated that 4,683,139 people live in British Columbia (BC), of which 3.5% or 162,900 people live in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region.Demographic data, such as population estimates, can not only provide information about the people in a place, but can help inform planning and decision-making. Demographic indicators covered in this trends analysis include:
Education is a key social determinant of health.1 From the early years to adulthood, education is a foundation of healthy personal development. The importance of literacy is well documented, including how literacy matters not only for personal health, educational attainment, and financial security, but for the well-being of a community and health of the economy.2 Education increases overall literacy and understanding of how one can promote one’s own health and well-being, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to actively participate and contribute to society.