Projects

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
Community Resilience of Sault Ste. Marie (2003-09)
A cross-sectorial community-based initiative launched in 2004 to assess Sault Ste. Marie’s resilience and explore ways of incorporating resilience concepts and principles into community planning, thereby increasing the City’s desirability and sustainability by becoming economically viable, socially equitable, environmentally responsible, and culturally vital. When initiated the concept of resilience was little known or understood; it has since, however, become a movement. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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