Projects

Building Resilient Communities Through Community-Based Forest Management Conference (2013)
In response to the striking nation-wide growth and interest in community forestry, from January 16 to 18, 2013 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Algoma University NORDIK Institute and the Northern Ontario Sustainable Communities Partnership (NOSCP) hosted the first ever interdisciplinary conference to advance community forestry as a model for collaborative decision-making and development in Canada. Read more
Culture, Creativity and the Arts: Achieving Community Resilience and Sustainability Through the Arts in Sault Ste.Marie (2007)
This study illustrates the link between culture and the development of healthy, resilient communities. Read more
SEE Collaborative – Social Entrepreneurship Evolution de l’entrepreneuriat social
A number of organizations and individuals across Northern Ontario will be working collaboratively in developing networks and tools needed for youth to launch social enterprises i.e. initiatives aimed to address social problems by utilizing business strategies. NORDIK and the North Claybelt Community Futures Development Corp are co-leading the three year Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project and invite organizations and youth interested in this field to join in. Research team: Katie Elliott, Shannon Moan, Mélanie Watson and Dr. Gayle Broad. 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
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
Animating the John Rowswell Hub Trail
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. Research team: Jude Ortiz, Lindsay Mantzel, Stacey Devlin, Luke Hazelton, Brent Miron, Chantal Bernard, Candace Neveau and Dr. Gayle Broad. Read more
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
Market analysis on local lamb and chevon (2011-12)
In 2011, the Algoma Sheep and Lamb Association approached NORDIK to explore marketing opportunities for local lamb and chevon (meat goat) products. Researchers: David Thompson (MBA candidate) and Broderick Causley. Read more
ASOPRICOR
ASOPRICOR is a community-based organization that represents many rural organizations, co-operatives and communities in rural Cundinimarca, Colombia. Research coordinator: José Reyes 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