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Nordik Institute

Community Development
and Research Institute

Strengthening Northern Ontario Development Through Research and Engagement

NORDIK Institute is an innovative community-based research hub affiliated with Algoma University dedicated to building healthy, resilient communities. Whether you are tackling community revitalization, labour force development, environmental issues,or project evaluation – we want to help you innovate, create, and transform to build your community’s resilience and capacity to achieve social, cultural, economic and environmental justice.

Algoma University Campus Building

The Packsack Project

In partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a new podcast, The Packsack Project, explores topics related to the question of ‘what makes a community resilient?’ Discussing challenges and local innovations in Northern Ontario communities, the podcast highlights the strengths, resources, and approaches that we can carry on our journey to a more sustainable, just, and resilient future. 

Four Pillars of Resilience

NORDIK’s approach to community development and research is rooted in the four pillars of resilience, which emphasize the interconnectedness and mutual importance of cultural vitality, social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic diversity for supporting healthy, vibrant and fulfilling places.
Cultural Vitality

Cultural
Vitality

Social Vitality

Social
Equity

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental
Sustainability

Economic Growth and Diversity

Economic Diversity & Growth

Whats New

Check out NORDIK’s most recent projects and initiatives:
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Promoting more vibrant, caring and sustainable communities through research, dialogue, analysis and reflection dedicated to the practice of holistic community development.

Upcoming Events

See some of the upcoming engagements that NORDIK is hosting, or look back on past events:

IN SITU launch: Cultural and Creative Industries in non-urban areas research

Dr. Jude Ortiz of NORDIK Institute joins the International Advisory Board for a new project on cultural and creative industries …

Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association Gathering 2022

Registration is now open for the upcoming Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association Gathering “Remembering, Renewal and Moving Forward in 2022”. …

NORDIK Institute’s Spark Series: Anti Asian Racisms with Dr. Rose Ann Torres

The July instalment of NORDIK Institute’s Spark Series will feature Dr. Rose Ann Torres, from Algoma University’s School of Social …