Abstract: 

Urban Indigenous Youth for Change is a collaborative project focused on urban Indigenous youth aged 13 – 35 to embrace their role as change makers in their communities. 

UIYFC supports youth in co-creating a path of opportunity for themselves and others by becoming aware, engaged and informed of the social economy sector. The project creates opportunities for Indigenous youth to learn and teach one another – bringing together Indigenous culture, land based knowledge and entrepreneurship skills. UIYFC works to engage urban Indigenous youth by connecting young change makers with peers, elders and knowledge keepers and community organizations. The youth-led UIYFC steering committee collaborates by focusing on strengths to create a better future for youth. 

Dates:

2015-Present

Project Team:

Jordan Tabobondung, Kristia Bissiallon, Lauren Doxtater, Rebecca Commanda, Samantha Kyle, Taylor Jolin

Abstract: 

Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) CoStarter for Change supports the development of early-stage, high growth social enterprises in Northern Ontario by offering social entrepreneurs access to capital, educational and support programs, workspace, and other services to help launch and grow their non-profit and for-profit ventures. In 2013, Ontario launched the Social Enterprise Strategy (https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontarios-social-enterprise-strategy-2016-2021).  The  Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF) (program closed) is one of the key commitments to the strategy, supporting 11 social finance projects throughout the province.  A $4 million contribution has leveraged $6 million in private investment.  Social Enterprise Northern Ontario (SENO) a collaboration led by PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is one of the successful social finance projects, receiving $250,000 for two years.

If you are interested in applying for the SENO CoStarter for Change program, please download the Application package, the Required criteria and milestones toolkit and the Self-assessment toolkit.

Project Team: 

Elizabeth Macmillan, Zach Falldien

Links: 

Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF)

Social Enterprise Northern Ontario (SENO)

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Application package

Required criteria and milestones toolkit

Self-assessment toolkit

Abstract: 

Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) is an emergent pan-northern collaborative whose focus is to support the infrastructure for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) with an emphasis on collaboration, shared measurement and collective impact.  Lead by NORDIK Institute and its various regional partners, this project focuses on building a sustainable network by providing supports, setting up connections, sharing resources, building capacities, engaging youth, using community based research methods, and promoting social entrepreneurship and the benefits it can bring to Northern Ontario.  SEE has initiated a number of programs including Urban Indigenous Youth for Change, SENO CoStarter for Change, as well as leading a  nine-week free workshop series, open to all, to learn  about Social Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and business basics, and how to begin a business that can help solve community problems.

Project Team: 

Katie Elliott, Shannon Moan, Melanie Watson, Dr. Gayle Broad, Erika Luoma, Katie Blunt, Elizabeth MacMillan, Jamie McIntyre, Jordan Wettlaufer

Links: 

Social Entrepreneurship Evolution (SEE) 

Sign up for our updates and get involved with the movement of social innovation and entrepreneurship by heading over to our website seethechange.ca

For more frequent updates, follow our Facebook page and Twitter handle for news and alerts from the movement on a regular basis.

Abstract: 

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.  

Project Team: 

Dr. Gayle Broad, Errol Caldwell, David Thompson, Mikala Parr, Melissa Watson, Jordan Danielewicz, Jessica Laidley

Dates:

Present

Links: 

For more information please visit RAIN’s website at http://rainalgoma.ca/ and follow their blog at http://rainalgoma.ca/home-2/blog/

Follow RAIN on twitter @RAINAlgoma

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rainalgoma
YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChowRsaQQgh2YppqMb25-pA

Abstract: 

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) recognizes the significant social, economic and environmental value of Northern Ontario’s passenger trains.

This is a regional not-for-profit organization that assembles a broad variety of interests, including individuals, municipalities, First Nations, tourism operators, recreationists, environmentalists, students, community economic development professionals and accessibility groups to advocate for the restoration of passenger rail service in the Algoma District. Its activities have also initiated a number of eco- and cultural tourism initiatives, including the Group of Seven and Glenn Gould Train Events and the Searchmont Polar Express.. 

CAPT is dedicated to preserving, restoring and enhancing passenger train service in the District of Algoma as well as the adjacent districts around Hearst and Sudbury, particularly along the Algoma rail lines from Hearst to Sault Ste. Marie and from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury and North Bay with connections to service to Toronto and Ottawa.

CAPT also conducts community based action research on rail and helps to organize train events such as the Group of Seven/Glenn Gould Train Event and the Searchmont Polar Express.

Project Team: 

Dr. Linda Savory Gordon

Links:

http://captrains.ca/

For more info, visit the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains facebook page.

Abstract: 

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. 

Project Team:

David Thompson

Dates: 

2010 – 2014 

Publications: 

Farmers AugustDownload

Links:

http://buyalgoma.ca/