Artists Supporting Community: Case Study
Rejuvenating an online presence for the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce
In 2024, the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 45th anniversary. It was first incorporated in 1979 under the Societies Act as the Keewatin Chamber of Commerce.
The Kivalliq Region is the second largest administrative region of Nunavut. It consists of the portion of the mainland to the west of Hudson Bay together with Southampton Island and Coats Island. The region encompasses approximately 445,110 square kilometers, or about 80% the size of Manitoba which lies directly to the south. It has a population of 10,413 (2016), an increase of 16.3% from 2006.
As a locally and regionally-focused program of our collaborating artists and partners are from Nunavut here in Manitoba. And so we’re proud to be members and active volunteers for the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce.
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Using participatory research, emergent design, lean start-up methodologies and approaches similar to a ‘living lab’ concept, Niriqatiginnga studies northern and Manitoba and Kivalliq supply chain optimization, and pathways to cultural entrepreneurship for the food sector. We’re creating real-world opportunities.
We also acknowledge the incredible support from the Manitoba Sustainable Agricultural Partnership – Indigenous Agriculture and Foods Program, and Manitoba Agriculture. Our project team was able to apply what we learned through our online marketplace development, skills and training to real world work environments. As an outcome of the relationship development and engagement components of “Niriqatiginnga: Towards a Framework for Northern Food Systems Innovation” these activities can help organizations like the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce to transform and rejuvenate the way they engage with the agri-food sector.
@1860 Winnipeg Arts: Breathing Life into Legacy
Cultivating Relationship Development and Engagement through Digital Arts and Cultural Entrepreneurship
As a volunteer-driven, grassroots arts entrepreneurship collective, @1860 Winnipeg Arts Collective, is proud to collaborate with the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce and its Member partners from the non-profit organization Niriqatiginnga and the Arctic Buying Company in developing a new online marketplace and rejuvenated communications capability.
Until late January 2024, the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce web sites, social media and communications had mostly been limited to a one-page web site and stagnant for years. It was a really depressing experience to visit their web site, and they did not even have a news page! There were no programs or services for members either, just an acknowledgement that “at present, KCC’s ability to deliver additional value to its members, and its impact upon the Kivalliq Region and Nunavut are limited by its available resources.”
The Chamber really needed some help to modernize, especially with major events like the 2024 Northern Perspectives Conference and the Kivalliq Energy Forum just around the corner. One of the ideas for Niriqatiginnga’s first phase was to explore setting up an online marketplace as part of a ‘living lab’ for Indigenous food sector entrepreneurship. This was intended to evolve to include a northern artists marketplace for those who would like to sell not just food products, but arts, crafts and maybe even furs from hunters and harvesters too. A great opportunity for component re-use.
The Chamber’s needs were perfectly aligned with what Niriqatiginnga needed to test for its Online Marketplace. It also gave the project a terrific opportunity to combine that prototype work with the training and skills they learned through previous research, cultural and digital arts entrepreneurship pilot projects. This includes their digital arts projects funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse in late 2021 and 2022 and by the Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 Program in 2022 and 2023.
And, even better, the new KCC online marketplace will be able to support additional activities like conference registration, corporate sponsorships, exhibition booth rentals and payment processing too. No more insecure Google forms. Check back soon.
They are almost ready to roll it all out!
Thank you for funding and supporting opportunities for youth, artists and entrepreneurs to gain hands-on experience.
That’s what the late Mark Kalluak once told us when our adventures In the arts began back in 2010. Since then we, and our stories, have spread out across the world. Today, we’re exploring arts and cultural entrepreneurship from a different perspective — Winnipeg, Manitoba.
As dedicated members and active supporters of the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce, we take immense pride in being part of an organization that bridges the gaps between Manitoba and the vibrant Kivalliq region. For our youth, membership reflects a commitment to fostering economic development, leadership development, and sustainable community collaboration.
By actively participating in Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce events and initiatives, we contribute to the exchange of ideas, promote local businesses, and strengthen ties with both urban and northern communities. Being a part of the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce serves as a testament to our dedication to the overall prosperity and interconnectedness of businesses in Winnipeg and the unique region of Kivalliq.
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We’re really excited to see Tony Eetak , Jamie Bell, Kami Norland and Tara Tootoo Fotheringham will be part of a special session convened for the Arctic Congress 2024 in Bodø, Norway. The upcoming session is titled “Niriqatiginnga: Fostering Food Security and Innovation for Northern Supply Chains.”
Hosted every two years in Winnipeg, is a business and cultural showcase of Nunavut with focus on expanding the economic opportunities within Nunavut and partnership opportunities with businesses from Manitoba. The next Northern Perspectives conference will be held in Winnipeg in 2026.
Thank You to our Partners and Supporters
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