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
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
Expanding Locally Sourced Beef in Northern Ontario through the Co-operative Model (2011-12)
Researcher David Thompson analyzes Northern co-operatives and place-based businesses that support a value chain for local beef. Challenges and opportunities explored include scale, regulations, markets and infrastructure. 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
Reflecting the North: Regional Realities in Art, Craft and Culture (2011 Symposium)
This November 2011 symposium offered artists, funders, economic development officers and Ministry representatives the opportunity to come together to connect, share and generate ideas around ways to make the arts in Northern Ontario a more sustainable livelihood. 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
Rural Agri-Innovation Network
NORDIK and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and a number of community partners have worked on the development of a Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in Algoma District. Research co-chairs: Dr. Gayle Broad and Errol Caldwell 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
Buy Algoma. Buy Fresh (2010-ongoing)
Buy Algoma Buy Fresh is a project of the Algoma Food Network that aims to enhance economic opportunities or agriculture in Algoma by facilitating linkages between producers and consumers through promotion, education, and co-operation. 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