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New podcast focuses on journeys of people making Northern Ontario a great place to live

The Packsack Project is presented by Sault St. Marie's NORDIK Institute, RAIN
The Packsack Project is a new podcast presented by NORDIK Institute and Rural Agri-innovation Network.

SAULT STE. MARIE — March 31, 2022: Today a new podcast launched that explores the resilience of Northerners in a rapidly changing world, The Packsack Project. It brings together people, businesses, and organizations who are adapting to change in ways that are reflective of Northern Ontario’s culture and geography.

The podcast is a collaboration between NORDIK Institute, a community-based research hub affiliated with Algoma University, and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), an initiative of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre.

David Thompson, RAIN manager, shares, “We want to share stories from Northern farmers, entrepreneurs, researchers and community leaders because they are the innovators that Northern Ontario needs to overcome its challenges."

The first episode gives a preview for what’s in store for the first season with guests:

  • Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation;
  • Gerry Brandon, CEO of L’Autochtone Hospitality; and
  • Dr. Catherine Cervin, vice dean of academic with Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

To listen to The Packsack Project, you can tune in at, on Apple iTunes and Spotify. 

You can also follow progress on Facebook and Instagram.

About the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) 

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) is a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC). RAIN is supported by the agricultural community, municipalities, the private sector (farmers and businesses), and funding partners to conduct research and provide business development and networking support. RAIN’s vision is to build a resilient farm sector in northern Ontario through innovative research and agricultural development projects. 

About NORDIK Institute

NORDIK is committed to developing Northern Ontario’s research capacity by working closely with its community partners and providing mentoring to new researchers. It undertakes diverse initiatives at the local, regional, and national levels with foci on northern, Indigenous, rural and smaller urban communities