Our Culture

Our CultureCulture is a relatively new pillar in RDI’s State of the Basin well-being research. It is an area both difficult to define and understand because culture often means different things to different people. It is individual, but also collective; it is deeply personal, but also shared. Any understanding of culture involves our own sense of self and our connections to family and friends, broader ethnic and social groups, and our communities and region as a whole.

RDI researchers have adopted a broad and inclusive approach to researching cultural well-being that takes into account a wide variety of factors and indicators. We ultimately recognize cultural well-being as the vitality that individuals and communities enjoy through participation in recreation, and creative and cultural activities, as well as the freedom to retain, interpret, and express our arts, history, heritage, and traditions. We generally experience a strong sense of cultural satisfaction when our individual desires for a shared sense of community and lifestyle are fulfilled. The cultural pillar has four themes under which research is being considered and developed: Arts, Heritage, Recreation, and Culture.

RDI seeks to develop a ‘made in the Basin-Boundary’ approach that serves the needs and interests of the region. The instrumental and intrinsic values of culture are acknowledged, and RDI intends to investigate both quantitative and qualitative measures of cultural well-being

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Our Economy

Economic1Of the many factors that collectively influence our level of well-being, there is one that resonates deeply with most families: the economy. It’s a common theme whenever we discuss the resources and services available in our communities or the ability of parents to provide for their children. And ultimately, the economy is affected by a diverse range of factors. [More]

Our Society

Our SocietyThere are a wide variety of dynamics that affect our social well-being, but the most consequential originate close to home. They also affect every member of our communities, from the youngest to oldest, right from the earliest stages in their development to their later years in life. – [More]

Our Environment

Our EnvironmentFrom the quality of the air we breathe to the condition of the landscape where we live and work, we all experience the daily effects of the environment on our health and well-being. Residents of Columbia Basin Boundary communities already know we live in a beautiful part of the world, but it’s crucial, both for present and future generations, that we are aware of the state of the environment so that forthcoming policy decisions are well-informed. [More]