Projects

The Paquataskimik Project (2008-2012)
The “Paquataskimik Project” is a community project in Fort Albany First Nation. A wide range of advisors, participants and supporters from throughout the community and beyond have been promoting activities that bring together youth, adults and elders to dialogue about land, water and traditional territory. Read more
Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT)
The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) is a regional not-for-profit organization composed of a broad variety of interests, including individuals, municipalities, First Nations, tourism operators, recreationists, environmentalists, students, community economic development professionals and accessibility groups who recognize the significant social, economic, and environmental value of Northern Ontario’s passenger trains. Read more
Sault Ste. Marie Air Quality Study (2010-12)
Beginning in 2003, former MP Tony Martin, together with a group of residents concerned about emissions from nearby Essar Steel Algoma, began the search for a team of health professionals with the skills and knowledge to conduct this research. 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
Rural Youth Research Internship Project (2008)
This project engaged 7 youth to research the impact of Community Futures Development Corporations across Ontario. In Algoma, youth were placed with East Algoma CFDC and the CDC of Sault Ste. Marie. Researchers: David Thompson and Ashleigh Sauve 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
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
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
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
Sustaining Arts Organizations Through Peer Networking (2012)
In 2012 three very different arts organizations in Northeastern Ontario established a peer network to share, generate and mobilize knowledge in strengthening organizational capacity at a time when the region is undergoing significant changes in its demographics and economic and social environment. Read more