NORDIK Institute produced a video series for the Ontario Craft Council’s Growing Ontario’s Craft Community In the North pProject. Sixteen artists from across the North speak in one minute segments about their craft, the challenges and advantages of working in the region.
Dr. Jude Ortiz, Meghan Ableson
This research pilot began in the winter of 2014 to investigate urban beekeeping in the context of Sault Ste. Marie. The pilot project set out to assess the feasibility of an established, successful, working apiary within the city by fostering positive community relations; continual operation and/or expansion of bee colonies in the community; gathering a baseline of public perception of urban beekeeping; and the ability of public outreach and education in addressing community perceptions.
A peer network to share, generate and mobilize knowledge to strengthen organizational capacity was developed by the Arts Council of Sault Ste. Marie; Conseil des Arts de Hearst; and 4elements Living Arts on Manitoulin Island. This project was funded by the Ontario Arts Council’s Compass Grant for increasing organizational capacity, and was facilitated by NORDIK Institute. The project led to a strengthening of the organizations’ management capacity; provided the time and space necessary to initiate an internal dialogue within each organization, as well as a dialogue with community members and mentoring partners; and an improvement in a variety of organizational aspects, strengthening these capacities within the cultural sector.
It was suggested that the peer mentoring process could be used as a model for building sustainability throughout the region as it established critical support through dialogue, share resources and knowledge mobilization in a region that is challenged by geographical distances and contextual differences to southern Ontario.
Jude Ortiz, Meghan Ableson, Dr. Gayle Broad
Soup Ste. Marie is a public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects led by individuals, businesses and groups of community members. It is a recurring micro-grant model based on the international Sunday Soup program which uses crowd sourcing to finance creative projects through community meals. This years’ theme was “Engaging Indigenous Youth.” UIYFC were the lead organizers for the event supported by NORDIK Institute, Social Entrepreneurship Evolution and YouLaunch. Marek McLeod won over $400 to deliver youth paint nights where he would teach arts-based skills to create painting based on elder’s teachings.
2013 – Ongoing
Elizabeth MacMillan, Rebecca Commanda, Katie Blundt, Jamie McIntyre
The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) is began as a project of Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and NORDIK Institute, with support from farmers and communities to enhance the agriculture and food sector in Algoma. RAIN’s vision is to build a resilient farm and food sector in northern Ontario through innovative research and agriculture development projects. To date RAIN has conducted research in Forage Improvement, Novel Crop Studies, Value Chain Development; and has developed programs such as the SNAPP (Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity) Program, and the Regional Tile Drainage and Land Clearing Program, to name a few.
Dr. Gayle Broad, Errol Caldwell, David Thompson, Mikala Parr, Melissa Watson, Jordan Danielewicz, Jessica Laidley
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Reflecting the North: Regional Realities in Art, Craft and Culture, was a symposium event organized by NORDIK Institute as part of the Ontario Craft Council’s Growing Ontario’s Craft Community in the North project. Over 50 people from a variety of cultures and locations contributed to the discussions which focused on cultural identity, marketing, education and sustainability.
Dr. Jude Ortiz, Meghan Ableson
For a comprehensive summary of the discussion and other symposium presentations and resources, visit the blog: http://reflectingthenorth.wordpress.com/
The North Shore Tribal Council’s Health Program provides ‘primary prevention’ health promotion services by collaborating with health workers in the 7 North Shore First Nations & with Urban Aboriginal Service Providers in Sault Ste. Marie. NORDIK provided research training to NSTC health workers that helped them assess and improve the quality of their health programs, which provides ‘primary prevention’ health promotion services by collaborating with health workers in the 7 North Shore First Nations & with Urban Aboriginal Service Providers in Sault Ste. Marie.
Heather Schmidt, Theresa Binda, Dr. Gayle Broad
This initiative advanced the public awareness of local food producers and products, playing a vital role in the viability and growth of local agriculture and farming. NORDIK researchers compiled a list of local food sources into a printable brochure, providing consumers with an accessible entry point into the marketplace. This work enhanced economic opportunities in Algoma by making the connection between producers and consumers through promotion, education and cooperation.
2010 – 2014
Bring Food Home Algoma: Policy Paper on Building Resilient Futures, highlights needs and challenges within the current food system, including the need for education about food production and processing, meeting food needs related to the region’s existing and emerging cultural diversity, and increasing access to healthy local food. It also underscores the need for cross-sector collaboration and diversifying local food production and promoting sustainable production methods.
Dr. Laura Wyper, David Thompson, Sean Meades
Community organizations have partnered with NORDIK Institute and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Department in providing information regarding the rich historical, cultural and environmental ecosystems adjacent to the Hub Trail. The information, including healthy active living, will be widely accessible through a web portal, mobile devices, and a trilingual Trail Guide and Audio Tour.
The City of Sault Ste. Marie’s recently completed John Rowswell Hub Trail is an accessible non-motorized trail within the city limits, encouraging active and healthy living. It has quickly become a noteworthy asset, contributing to the community’s identity. The Trail is a 22.5-kilometer route around the ecologically diverse, culturally significant and historically rich settlement areas; however, these socio-ecological assets have not yet been developed or available in widely accessible formats or in one location.
The project is gathering information about the ecosystems, the history, and the culture of the lands and neighbourhoods bordering the Hub Trail, as well as healthy active living information, and recording it in English, French and Anishinaabemowin, the traditional language of this region. The information will be widely available through a web portal, mobile devices, a Trail Guide and an Audio Tour.
The interactive Hub Trail website can be found here: http://www.hubtrail.com/
The following partners are currently working collaboratively with NORDIK Institute and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning Department in sharing their knowledge. NORDIK invites other community members and organizations to share their knowledge in providing a comprehensive guide to both the natural and human ecosystems bordering the Trail for citizens and tourists alike.
Jude Ortiz, Lindsay Mantzel, Stacey Devlin, Luke Hazelton, Brent Miron, Chantal Bernard, Candace Neveau and Dr. Gayle Broad