Projects

 

Valuing Northern Libraries
The toolkit provides a new and innovative way for libraries to measure their impact in their communities, creating a tool for library advocacy. It takes an innovative approach to a Return on Investment model as it allows small, rural, Northern and First Nation libraries, who may otherwise have been unable to afford consultant fees, to complete ROI studies independently. 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
Community Engagement Toolkit (2005)
This toolkit was developed for Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. However, since its creation it has been utilized by many aboriginal and non-aboriginal organizations and communities throughout Northern Ontario. 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
Welcoming Communities Initiative (2011)
A multidisciplinary alliance of universities, colleges, and community organizations dedicated to promoting the integration of immigrants and minorities across Ontario. Research Coordinator, José Reyes and Student Researcher, Daryl Nelligan 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
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
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
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
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