Projects

 

Urban Beekeeping Initiative in Sault Ste. Marie
This research pilot set to begin in the winter of 2014 investigates urban beekeeping in the context of Sault Ste. Marie. Read more
The Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC)
The Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) pilot project will provide an in-depth opportunity to teach and learn from urban Indigenous youth how to incorporate cultural and land based learning with different types of entrepreneurship education, leading to increased and diverse participation in the social economy. Read more
Downtown Dialogue in Action
The John Howard Society, Sault Ste. Marie Police Services and NORDIK have partnered in creating a Strategic Action Plan for social development in the city’s downtown core by sharing ideas and experiences through dialogue on what is needed to create a safe, secure, and thriving downtown with an emphasis on including voices of marginalized groups. This project is funded through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ Proceeds of Crime program and a grant from United Way’s Community Endowment Fund. Read more
Urban Aboriginal Economic Development in Sault Ste. Marie: Environmental Scan
In 2009, a 'learning circle' methodology was used to develop an Environmental Scan on Urban Aboriginal Economic Development (UAED) for Sault Ste. Marie. The Environmental Scan explores the history of UAED and its current context in this locale. Read more
Evaluation of Mental Health Court (2010)
In 2010, NORDIK and multiple community partners evaluated the Sault Mental Health Court in order to determine the effectiveness of the program and address any gaps in the service. Researchers: Jim Horley (Phd) and Robert Rawn (MSW Candidate) Read more
Valuing Northern Libraries
The toolkit provides a new and innovative way for libraries to measure their impact in their communities, creating a tool for library advocacy. It takes an innovative approach to a Return on Investment model as it allows small, rural, Northern and First Nation libraries, who may otherwise have been unable to afford consultant fees, to complete ROI studies independently. Read more
Graffiti Reframed
Graffiti Reframed is a one-year community engagement strategy that brings together a diversity of people and organizations in gaining a broad based understanding of graffiti by gathering perspectives of youth participants and the public. It investigates if building artistic capacity impacts youth identity, opportunities for engagement and employment in the creative economy, fosters community pride, place-making and tourism opportunities. It aims to track changes in attitudes about graffiti and those who produce it by understanding the forces driving creation and community attitudes toward it (e.g. crime, mischief, vandalism and/or art). Read more
Vignettes of Northern Artist (2011 video)
Makers from across Northern Ontario talk about their craft, the challenges and advantages of working in the region. Read more
Growing Ontario’s Craft Community in the North (2011)
The Ontario Crafts Council partnered with NORDIK to deliver professional development across Northern Ontario providing artists with a variety of spaces and places to learn and share business skills, further develop sustainable livelihoods in the cultural sector, and raise awareness of the sector’s quality and vitality in Northern Ontario. Project Coordinator Jude Ortiz; Research Assistant Sarah Marusyk. Read more
Locally Grown Food for the Northern Urban Marketplace (2012)
The research study surveys the propensity and capacity for Sault Ste. Marie food businesses to purchase local food. The research project is aimed at building relationships between local farmers and businesses in the food sector through education. Read more