Youth, Arts and Media Team

At Niriqatiginnga, we believe that innovation can happen anywhere. By encouraging our youth to leverage their surroundings and resources, we empower them to create meaningful change within their communities. Innovate where you are and watch incredible things unfold.
At Niriqatiginnga, we believe that innovation can happen anywhere. By encouraging our youth to leverage their surroundings and resources, we empower them to create meaningful change within their communities. Innovate where you are and watch incredible things unfold.

Canadian Innovation Week: Youth Food Security and Creative Entrepreneurship in Action

Today for Canadian Innovation Week we celebrate all of the young Canadian innovators and organizations that are supporting them along the way.

Today for Canadian Innovation Week we celebrate all of the young Canadian innovators and organizations that are supporting them along the way.

The innovation of tomorrow, starts with the youth, today.

Many Manitoba and Nunavut organizations are heavily reliant on volunteer boards, societies, and non-profits to serve the most vulnerable populations. Unfortunately, and partly as a result of the pandemic, many of these organizations lack governance and management capacity, support, and the stability required to secure adequate funding, fulfill legal and reporting requirements, retain staff, and prevent burnout. 

As a locally and regionally-focused community economic development project, Niriqatiginnga works to support and increase the participation of northern Indigenous communities and businesses in Manitoba and northern food sector opportunities. It also supports much needed organizational capacity building using participatory, arts-based hub and cluster-style approaches.

In addition to incubating food sector skills development, youth from Niriqatiginnga are involved in planning and design for future food production, developing an online marketplace and supporting social entrepreneurship programming. As a social programming component it works to enable Indigenous Peoples and Northerners to make their own decisions with respect to their food systems through creative food sector entrepreneurship.  

From zero hunger to climate change adaptation, gender equality and no poverty by 2030, the project recently created a cool SDG Action Tracker page. They’re using it to help measure how project activities align to each of the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s one of the first projects the Youth, Arts and Media team have been working on this spring. Starting this June, Inuit youth from Nunavut will work with Manitoba-based artists and entrepreneurs to explore climate, cultural and creative entrepreneurship as part of their summer program.

In today's post, we will look at the far-reaching effects of climate change on northern food security and discuss potential solutions and adaptations that are essential for the survival and well-being of these resilient communities.
Youth like Tony Eetak are using arts and media to look at the far-reaching effects of climate change on northern food security and discuss potential solutions and adaptations that are essential for the survival and well-being of these resilient communities.

This year’s programming builds on the group’s artsincubator.ca pilot program, to establish dynamic online hub for Manitoba’s food, arts and culture sectors. The original arts incubator model was seeded with strategic innovation funding from the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse in 2021 and 2022 and the Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 program in 2023.

This May, students, youth, artists and researchers from Nunavut, Manitoba, Minnesota and Alaska are preparing for a number of exciting sessions and presentations to be held during Arctic Congress 2024. The international conference will take place May 29-June 3 in Bodø, Norway. For information on upcoming events and presentations visit the Niriqatiginnga Events page.

In June, youth team members will begin outreach, consultation and engagement with food sector and non-profit organizations as part of their media and communications internships. They will also explore Indigenous Cultural Expressions, technology and marketplace development with funding from the ISED Indigenous Intellectual Property Program. This will see relationship development and engagement with other organizations that are also working to build up sectoral capacity.

There’s a lot happening with this little group, that started out with little more than a plastic table just over a year ago. None of the program’s activities would be possible without a lot of support. Winter and spring 2024 activities have been supported with funding from a number of organizations including: Agriculture Canada and the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Skills Program (YESP) Manitoba Agriculture, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. We thank them for their support in making this new, pilot program possible. Learn more about the program’s work at: https://niriqatiginnga.ca

Canadian Innovation Week is an annual event that celebrates and promotes innovation across Canada. Held in May, this week-long event brings together entrepreneurs, inventors, businesses, government officials, and other stakeholders to showcase and highlight the latest innovations and technologies being developed in the country. Throughout the week, various events, workshops, and conferences are held to educate, inspire, and connect innovators from different sectors. These events cover a wide range of topics, such as technology, sustainability, food security, and more.

Take part in Canadian Innovation Week activities

Canadian Innovation Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of innovation in driving economic growth, creating jobs, and solving societal challenges. It also provides a platform for innovators to network, collaborate, and showcase their work to a wider audience. To learn more about how you can take part, visit: https://canadianinnovationspace.ca

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Niriqatiginnga Youth Media Team

Niriqatiginnga News and its Youth Media Team support participatory food security research, arts and organizational development. Through this program, funded by Agriculture Canada and the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Skills Strategy, Indigenous youth artists and early career communicators receive training and exposure to various forms of media and communication roles. Activities build career and job skills, supporting outreach, relationship development and engagement. There is a strong emphasis on food sector and digital literacy and training youth in the design and delivery of health and food security interventions that promote healthy messages.

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As a community program, nurturing the skills, knowledge, and networks of our future leaders, this unique, pilot program contributes beyond the success of its participants. Niriqatiginnga also lays foundations for sustainable and impactful business and entrepreneurship programming across the Kivalliq Region and Northern Manitoba.