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.
Jordan Tabobondung, Kristia Bissiallon, Lauren Doxtater, Rebecca Commanda, Samantha Kyle, Taylor Jolin
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.
Elizabeth Macmillan, Zach Falldien
Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund (SEDF)
Social Enterprise Northern Ontario (SENO)
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise
Required criteria and milestones toolkit
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.
Katie Elliott, Shannon Moan, Melanie Watson, Dr. Gayle Broad, Erika Luoma, Katie Blunt, Elizabeth MacMillan, Jamie McIntyre, Jordan Wettlaufer
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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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The Great Lakes Power’s Corridors for Life Program was developed as a means to encourage environmental stewardship and ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity in the Algoma Region. The Corridors for Life Program was initiated to further investigate Species at Risk (SAR) and wildlife habitat along the power line corridors. The goal of the Corridors for Life program is to develop improved management practices for maintenance of utility corridors that benefit wildlife including Species at Risk (SAR), while meeting increasing energy needs with safe, reliable power.
Susan J. Meades, Jude Ortiz, Meghan Krajchi, Ron Bes
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