Community Development

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SENO CoStarter for Change
Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) CoStarter for Change supports the development of early-stage, high-growth social enterprises in Northern Ontario by offering social entrepreneurs access to capital, educational and support programs, workspace, and other services to help launch and grow their non-profit and for-profit ventures. Read more