Past Projects and Lessons Learned - Students for Canada's North

Through the pilot phase, we were able to have an iterative learning process and pulled lessons learned from the first completed projects. Each completed project has identified lessons learned; you can consult these under each project below.

In April 2015, a lessons learned workshop was organized. A full report was created and can be consulted (PDF version, 1.67 MB).


2016-2017 Recipients

Wapekeka Nutrition, Physical Activity and Gardening Wellness Program - Kenora District, Ontario

The Wapekeka First Nation is an Oji-Cree community in the Kenora District, approximately 450 kilometres northeast of  Sioux Lookout, Ont. Two uOttawa students, Heather Thompson, master of arts student in the School of Human Kinetics, and Emily Prieur, Indigenous undergraduate health sciences student, will travel to the Wapekeka First Nation community in summer 2017 to develop a wellness program to be offered to elementary school-aged children.

2 student volunteers holding garden equipment inside a greenhouse

The project’s main objectives are to provide youth with skills to make informed choices about dietary intake and to increase physical activity levels. The project will engage elementary school children in an after-school program to further physical activity, nutrition, literacy and cooking skills. This will include cooking and nutrition classes once a week, as well as games and sports. There will be outings every two weeks to a community garden to assist in planting and maintaining crops. One uOttawa student will also be involved with harvesting, food preparation and preservation.

The wellness program will be delivered in the community recreation building adjacent to the Reverend Eleazar Winter Memorial School. The uOttawa students will be under the supervision of a community leader responsible for the after-school program. The community leader will ensure that community protocols are followed and that proposed activities are sanctioned by community leadership and conducted transparently.  The project aims to reach 40 Wapekeka Elementary School children and six community gardeners. There are 368 people living in the Wapekeka First Nation. Food from the community garden will be available to all community members.

Building Mapping and Monitoring Capacity among Inuit and Northern Youth - Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Une route bordée de maisons à Cambridge Bay, Nunavut | house-lined street in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Climate change has caused a rapid reduction in sea ice across Arctic Canada. As a result, there has been a 75% increase in shipping traffic since 2005. Local communities are very concerned about the impact that increased shipping will have on local wildlife, the marine environment and their cultural and traditional activities, which include hunting and fishing, as well as travel across the sea and ice.   

This project will build on the work of uOttawa professor Jackie Dawson, who has been partnering with communities across Arctic Canada and the federal government to identify marine areas of cultural importance to local Inuit, to influence the positioning of maritime transportation corridors so that they avoid these areas. The project also aims to ensure that Inuit voices receive more consideration in federal decision making regarding shipping policy within the settled land claim areas of Arctic Canada. 

The project aims to build mapping and monitoring capacity among Inuit youth, to enable them to conduct research and projects that meet the needs of their community and to engage in federal policy discussion about the transportation corridors.  It will train 10 Inuit youth in participatory GIS (geographic information system) mapping and build capacity in a northern community, who can mobilize other members of the community in monitoring activities. The youth will work with uOttawa student Natalie Carter to co-facilitate the community mapping and monitoring roundtable that will take place during the last week of the project.

The project will be implemented in collaboration with the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), which currently manages a youth program in Cambridge Bay. The head of this program will be closely involved with the youth training, to sustain capacity building afterwards. The Ekaluktutiak Hunters & Trappers Organization will help choose the youth and the roundtable participants. In addition to the 10 youth, the project will benefit residents of Cambridge Bay and allow their voices to be heard.

2015-2016 Recipients

Iqaluit ReFurnish Woodshop — Sanajiit - Iqaluit, Nunavut

Les étudiants qui travaillent dans un atelier de menuiserie | Students working in a woodshop

Alida Burke and Vivian Liu of Enactus uOttawa travelled to Iqaluit in February 2017 to plan and implement a wood repurposing project underway since fall 2016, in collaboration with Skills Canada Nunavut (SCN).  As a non-profit organization, SCN encourages northern youth to learn about skilled trades and technologies and make them a preferred career option.  In this ongoing project, local youth will gain hands-on experience and skills related to the trades, specifically in carpentry.  There will also be a long-term opportunity for the students to continue to create and sell products as a summer job.  Skills Canada Nunavut has worked with uOttawa students to create the educational materials and develop the project.   During project implementation, there will be opportunities for innovative solutions to community issues, such as the lack of a proper wood recycling program or the limited amount of knowledge in the North about skilled trades.

Building Advocacy Skills to Promote the Inuit Seal Hunt - Iqaluit, Nunavut

Anna Logie dehors, entourer de la neige et la glace | Anna Logie outside surrounded by snow and ice

Anna Logie, a student in the Faculty of Law, has been awarded a scholarship to implement an Inuit seal hunt advocacy project in Iqaluit in summer 2016, in collaboration with Inuit activist Aaju Peter, Inuit Sila (a group representing Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic) and the Makkuttukkuvik Youth Centre. The project includes a series of workshops that will bring together elders, hunters, activists  and youth to share traditional knowledge of seal hunting, discuss strategies to promote the Inuit seal hunt and sealskin trade, and develop advocacy skills among youth. The project will enable youth to make a short film about Inuit seal hunting and to design a website for Inuit Sila.


Community Garden and Greenhouse Project, Phase II - Lac Simon, Quebec

This project is a continuation of the 2015 Lac Simon community garden project. Following on the success of that garden, the second phase will focus on ensuring its continued existence. Key activities will include expanding the composting program that was introduced in the primary school and in the high school cafeteria in the summer of 2015. This will be possible thanks to the acquisition of two new composting units. Another aspect will see students of one of the primary school classes germinate seeds and care for the seedlings over the winter, finally planting them outside in the spring. Then, at the end of the summer, they’ll collect seeds from the plants and germinate them the following winter, again planting them in the spring. Finally, there will be activities to help raise awareness among community members about the initiative and gardening, which isn’t something many residents currently do. These activities will involve three training workshops to be given by an invited gardening expert. Our goal is to encourage all Lac Simon residents to think of the community garden as their own and to dig in!

SCN Past Projects - Prior to 2015

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