Projects

Community Strategic Planning Toolkit
This toolkit was developed to meet the needs of the Nishnawbe First Nation. However, since its creation it has been utilized by many aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations and communities throughout Northern Ontario. Read more
Soup Ste. Marie
Soup Ste. Marie is a public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund projects led by individuals, businesses and groups of community members. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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