Jun 23 / admin

Inuvik scrambles to save homeless shelter

CBC News, Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Officials in Inuvik, N.W.T., are racing to save the local homeless shelter from closing next month, as well as help the northern town’s homeless find alternatives.

The homeless shelter, which has been run by the Nihtat Gwich’in Council, is slated to close on July 15 due to a funding shortage.

Mayor Denny Rodgers said the town is looking for a way to help the homeless, either with extra funding or with the existing $180,000 in funding the local shelter receives from the N.W.T. government each year.

“Is there a bare-bones program? Is there something we can do with that [$180,000] to at least provide nighttime shelter?” Rodgers told CBC News.


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/06/22/inuvik-homeless-shelter.html#ixzz0rgydX3x3

Jun 10 / admin

Spring 2010 SERNNoCA Newsletter

The Spring 2010 SERNNoCA Newsletter is now available. Topics covered include the 2009 Nunavut Summit, coordinator and student activities, and new publications and research projects.

Download it here or email Rajiv Rawat to receive your copy by mail.

Mar 15 / admin

Northern Housing Forum 2010

The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation, with the support of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is hosting a Circumpolar Housing Conference that will bring together dynamic keynote speakers and panel members from around the world to Inuvik March 22-25, 2010. Experts from Finland, Alaska, and Canada will challenge delegates to envision new ways to approach housing design and delivery in northern climates. [more]

Feb 22 / admin

Funding Opportunity

The Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University is issuing a cross-Canada invitation to apply for applied research funding.

The next deadline for submission of a letter of intent is April 9th 2010.

Full applications are due on May 10, 2010.

For complete application guidelines and profiles of previous research fund recipients, go to here.

Feb 22 / admin

New Non-Profit Journal

Announcing the launch of the Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l’économie sociale, ANSERJ.

ANSERJ is the official journal of the Association of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER).

ANSERJ is an online, open access dual language (English and French) peer-review publication.

Visit www.anserj.ca for more information. The first issue will appear Fall 2010 and is currently receiving submissions.

Feb 15 / admin

Anti-Poverty Strategy Urged

Supporters of an NWT Anti-Poverty Strategy gathered at the Legislative Assembly for MLA Wendy Bisaro’s presentation to Premier Floyd Roland of reports detailing the causes and effects of poverty in the Northwest Territories. The presentation was followed by debate in the Legislative Assembly of the need for an Anti-Poverty Strategy. [more]

All those supporting this objective are urged to pass resolutions or motions of support which can be forwarded to the Government. Contact Craig Yeo at craig.yeo@gmail.com for information on creating your resolution.

Jan 22 / admin

FAQ on Survey Data Collection Phase II

A first batch of a surveys have been dispatched and a few issues have already been flagged by prospective participants.

Here are our suggested courses of action. Please check back later for more Q&A:

  1. If there is a question in the survey that your organization is uncomfortable in filling out, please complete the rest of the survey and make a note in the margins.
  2. Approximate numbers and ranges for the financially oriented questions are acceptable as opposed to exact figures.
Dec 13 / admin

Social Economy Survey Stage II

We are currently conducting a follow up survey in order to further examine the impacts and importance of social economy groups in the North. In doing so, we hope to confirm what information we already have as well as fill in the blanks as to what information is missing. We are sending groups a questionnaire and cover letter by either e-mail or mail, and will be contacting them at a later date to fill in what information is needed. Participants also have the option to fill in the questionnaire on their own and send it back to our office.

The forms can be downloaded from here:

For more information about the project (SERNNoCA Project 1, Theme 1), please visit the website.

Nov 30 / admin

Nunavut Social Economy Summit


The Nunavut Research Institute hosted the first Nunavut Social Economy Summit in Iqaluit this past November 25-27, 2009.

The summit brought together knowledgeable practitioners in the social economy with researchers working in the field. The two days of workshops explored everything from defining the nature of the social economy in Nunavut, and in Northern Canada to exploring what current research on the social economy offers social enterprises confronting the issues and challenges of operating in Nunavut. The role of Inuit organizations in the social economy were particularly emphasized. The event was also co-sponsored by the Canadian CED Network and Nunavut Economic Forum.

Audio clips and presentations can be downloaded from the Social Economy Hub website.

The SERNNoCA team and steering committee also took this opportunity to convene their annual meeting and set about the task of planning the coming year. The Northwest Territories coordination also changed hands, giving rise to this current website and a new base to support ongoing social research in the region. The possibility of convening research projects focused especially on poverty in the North was also noted.