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NORDIK Institute is hiring an Intern.
Under the direction of the Director of Research, the Indigenous Youth Justice Liaison will work with a collaborative research team. The position would support the objectives of the “Restorative Justice: Anti-Racism Youth Diversion Initiative” which was funded by Heritage Canada’s Anti-Racism Action Program for the purpose of developing a community-based justice model for Indigenous peoples in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

Deadline for applications is Friday July 16, 2021.

For more information, click the link below.

Indigenous Youth Justice Internship

The deadline for NORDIK Institute and Algoma University’s tourism surveys has been extended to May 30, 2021. The research will support the recovery and development of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario, emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Northern Ontario Tourism Development and Recovery Strategy in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic project aims to identify strengths and barriers to the tourism industry. The project involves unique surveys for visitors and prospective visitors to the region as well as tourism-related businesses and organizations, and asks questions about the tourism experience, the impacts of the pandemic, and opportunities to grow and support the sector in Northern Ontario. 

To appreciate participants’ time, participants can enter a draw after the survey to win a $100 gift certificate to a local vendor or Northern Ontario tourism outfitter of their choice as well as promotional hats, toques and keychains from Algoma Country Tourism and Destination Northern Ontario. 

For the purposes of this research, Northern Ontario is defined as Regional Tourism area 13, roughly corresponding to the Districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Sudbury, Cochrane, Timiskaming, Nipissing, Manitoulin, and Greater Sudbury.

Please see the attached document for further details, including direct links to the surveys.


NORDIK Institute and Algoma University are conducting research throughout the Algoma District that will support the recovery and development of the tourism industry in Northern Ontario, emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Northern Ontario Tourism Development and Recovery Strategy in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic project aims to understand how tourism-based economies have grown and to identify strengths and barriers to the tourism industry. The project involves unique surveys for visitors and prospective visitors to the region as well as tourism-related businesses and organizations, and asks questions about the tourism experience, the impacts of the pandemic, and opportunities to grow and support the sector in Northern Ontario. The surveys are open until April 30th, 2021.

Please see the attached document for details, including direct links to the surveys.Northern-Ontario-Tourism-Research

This report presents the calculation for Sault Ste. Marie’s living wage, determining the 2019 amount to be $16.16 an hour. A living wage is the hourly wage a worker needs to meet their necessary expenses and enjoy a decent standard of living beyond poverty. It is calculated with a consideration of community-specific family expenses and includes basic costs such as food, rent, clothing, childcare and transportation, as well as items such as extended health care, recreation and a modest family vacation. This hourly wage reflects an adequate income for a family of four (two full-time working adults and two children) to cover their reasonable needs and participate socially in their community. 

Northern Ontarians have spent most of the 21st century concerned about our region’s declining population, which due to a combination of outmigration and declining birth rates has either declined or been relatively stagnant since the late 1990s. While these declines are somewhat offset by the population growth in Indigenous communities throughout the region, if this demographic trend does not reverse itself, Northern Ontario will lack the human resources to fill local labour market needs and the regional tax base will continue to shrink, resulting in a region that is less productive, economically less active, and risks further decline.

The RNIP has two primary objectives: retaining existing immigrants and attracting new immigrants to the region. The program is an adaptation of Canada’s point-based immigration system, where an applicant will require 70 points to be eligible to apply for permanent residency

NOTE : This commentary is part of NORDIK Institute’s Sustainable North initiative. Sustainable North is a research and evidence-based policy suite investigating options to promote greater community resilience, sustainability, and improved equitable quality of life in Northern Ontario.

AUTHORS : Nusrate Aziz, Ph.D. is an economist and Assistant Professor of the School of Business and Economics at Algoma University, a Fellow of Global Labor Organization (GLO), and a Member of International Migration Research Center (IMRC). Sean Meades is the Director of Research, NORDIK Institute, and a Lecturer in Community Economic and Social Development, Algoma University.

Want to learn how you can benefit from the new Social Finance Fund and millions in grant dollars to ready your organization to access social finance?

If yes, you should register for the Social Finance Investment Readiness Exploration Session! Come learn about social finance and explore how your organization can use it to enhance your impact.

Event details:

In this session, you will explore:

The session will be interactive and you are encouraged to ask questions to explore the topic further!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us via email at socialfinance@innoweave.ca

We look forward to you joining us!

The NORDIK Institute and Innoweave teams

Joan Kuyek, author, university lecturer and founding coordinator of MiningWatch Canada will be in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday January 30 to explore the true social and economic costs of mining with a particular focus on the Ring of Fire and related developments, such as the proposed ferrochrome smelter.

Co-hosted by NORDIK Institute, Clean North. the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy, and Algoma’s Water Tower Inn, the event is expected to attract substantial local interest in Kuyek’s most recent book, Unearthing Justice: How to Protect Your Community from the Mining Industry

Let us know if you want to join us at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn for the Book Launch.

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September 3, 2019 –  NORDIK Institute will be spearheading the Northern regional development of the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) Project.  The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, announced that Pillar Nonprofit Network and partners NORDIK InstituteOkwaho Equal Source, and the Centre for Social Innovation will benefit from a FedDev Ontario investment of up to $3.6 million to deliver the Women of Ontario Social Enterprise Network (WOSEN) project.

This investment in diverse women social entrepreneurs in Ontario is being made as part of the federal government’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund. Announced in 2018, WES is a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Through WES, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its commitment to gender equality, advancing women’s full and equal participation in the economy.

In Ontario, the WOSEN project will support 150 new and expand 75 existing women-led social enterprises, offer 10 Women-Centered Innovation Trainings to 250 people, provide training for 45 business coaches and connect to investment opportunities through the Women Impact Investor Network. In this way, WOSEN aims to broaden and diversify the entrepreneurial ecosystem for women, through inclusive design and Indigenous knowledge and practice.

“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line. That’s why we launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy. It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return,” said Minister Ng.

This investment is particularly important for northern women who have typically been excluded from the dominate resource-extractive economy. “We are excited to build on our past work in social enterprise and our efforts to make a more just and inclusive economy here in Northern Ontario,” said Sean Meades, Director of NORDIK Institute. “We have worked with Pillar Nonprofit for several years on province-wide projects promoting social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, and we look forward to the next phase and new partners we’ll be working with in the process.” It will support them in developing meaningful new economy employment that contributes to broader health and wellbeing and community resilience.

To learn more about the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, visit https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/107.nsf/eng/home

NORDIK (Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas and Knowledge) Institute is a community-based research group that has evolved from the Community, Economic, and Social Development (CESD) program and research at Algoma University. Since its inception in 2006, NORDIK has established strong links with other research institutes, universities, and colleges. NORDIK is committed to the practice of holistic community development and building local research capacity by working closely with its community partners and providing mentorship to new researchers and community development practitioners. For more information, please visit www.nordikinstitute.com.

Pillar Nonprofit Network supports over 610 nonprofits, social enterprises and innovators by sharing resources, knowledge and connections across the three pillars of nonprofit, business and government.

Okwaho Equal Source empowers diverse entrepreneurs and minority-owned enterprises with resources and tools to fuel social, economic, and environmental impact.

Centre for Social Innovation Toronto is home to 1,000 nonprofits, charities and social ventures and provides these members with the spaces, knowledge, tools, resources and connections they need to grow their impact. For 15 years, CSI has been female-led.

Please click on the link below to hear Project Lead, Krista Bissaillon, speak about the relevance of the Urban Indigenous Youth For Change initiative and the importance of social enterprise for Indigenous youth in Northern Ontario.

NORDIK’s Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit was co-warded Project of the Year at Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre’s SSMARt Innovation Awards on November 21st

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The toolkit provides a new and innovate way for libraries to measure their impact and affirm their value as contributors to the culture, wellness, and economy of every community across the North. It provides a method for small, rural, Northern and Indigenous libraries to assess their Social Return on Investment based on data they current gather, ensuring each library can complete the study independently.

NORDIK developed this toolkit in partnership with Ontario Library Services North (OLSN) and five pilot public libraries across Northern Ontario.

The project demonstrates the reach and impact of NORDIK and Algoma University’s contributions to capacity building and community development throughout Northern Ontario.