From Principles to Practice: 
UNDA and Northern Realities

Exploring Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through arts and participatory organizational development

Building community capacity one story 
at a time.

We’re proud to be collaborating on a new, proposed project where we’ll be able to apply arts-based and participatory approaches to organizational development and capacity building. In December 2023, Niriqatiginnga was successfully approved for funding from the Manitoba Sustainable Canadian Agricultural PartnershipThe following proposed project was submitted to the Indigenous Partnership Fund with Justice Canada on January 30, 2024. 

This proposed project will develop and pilot a program to better understand implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Government of Canada’s Action Plan for implementation, in our case with a focus on urban and Northern communities. As and emergent, regionally and locally-focused community development initiative, this arts and data storytelling-driven project will co-design objectives, including enhancing community understanding of UNDRIP, facilitating basic awareness and understanding of UNDA, promoting basic legal and rights literacy, while fostering a sense of empowerment.

As an exploratory initiative, we will co-develop and pilot workshops, seminars, roundtables and relationship development. These activities will be used to communicate the principles and relevance of UNDRIP in everyday life, and will be expressed through storytelling, visual and mixed-media arts. Through structured workshops and targeted outreach initiatives, it works to raise awareness and facilitate a deeper understanding of the implications of implementing the UN Declaration Act (UNDA). Community members will be actively engaged in discussions and informed about the ongoing implementation processes. 

We hope to see this project begin during spring 2024. Click here for media or inquiries about this project.

@1860 Winnipeg Arts Collective member Tony Eetak shot this beautiful photo of greenhouses in Arviat last year after taking a workshop with the Our People Our Climate project and the UNEP on visualizing climate change for impact. Thank you to the Manitoba Arts Council Indigenous 360 Program for supporting our learning!
Niriqatiginnga is our newest collaboration. @1860 Team Members Jamie Bell and Tony Eetak have been working with the Headingley-based non-profit food security and cultural entrepreneurship program since 2023.

We’re proud Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce artist members.

Hosted every two years in Winnipeg by the Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce, Northern Perspectives 2024 is a business and cultural showcase of Nunavut with focus on expanding the economic opportunities within Nunavut and partnership opportunities with businesses from Manitoba.

Artists Supporting Community

Exploring Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

This project supports building organizational capacity with multiple organizations, using the arts, consultation, relationship development and education about UNDRIP as a vehicle. 

Organizational capacity, particularly in the not-for-profit sector has been identified as a major challenge area for several organizations we spoke with during our initial consultations. The loss of organizations and their capabilities are stark examples of gaps and vulnerabilities within the region’s not-for-profit sectors. Taking inspiration from the Sustainable Canadian Agriculture Program, our initiative centers on building meaningful relationships between various stakeholders, including non-profit organizations, legal services boards, businesses, chambers of commerce and Inuit, First Nations and Metis communities. 

Additionally, documentation of project activities, outcomes, and impacts will be thorough, incorporating co-designed qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. This new pilot project will explore the co-creation of a structured program aligned with multiple priorities outlined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Action Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and numerous federal departmental UNDRIP priorities. This program will be strategically co-developed to address critical organizational capacity needs within Northern, non-profit organizations. It will work with regional legal services boards in understanding and communicating concepts around UNDRIP and priorities related to the UNDA implementation Action Plan. 

The project will place a strong emphasis on improved capacity for impact measurement and evaluation as a key outcome, supporting SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). Robust metrics and evaluation frameworks will be co-designed and piloted to measure impacts, opportunities for advancing economic reconciliation and arts-based approaches to restorative justice with a commitment to building capacity for sustained data collection, analysis, reporting, and training youth and community members in intervention design and delivery.

Niriqatiginnga is our newest collaboration. @1860 Team Members Jamie Bell and Tony Eetak have been working with the Headingley-based non-profit food security and cultural entrepreneurship program since 2023.

This program is co-designed and developed with support from Niriqatiginnga.

Connecting Communities and Organizations

Partners and Collaborators

This is a cross-sectoral project that will bring together a number of non-profit, arts and culture organizations and businesses. 

Manitoba-based non-profit organization Niriqatiginnga and the @1860 Winnipeg Arts project are dedicated to advancing food security through arts, cultural and food sector entrepreneurship research and participatory organizational development. Niriqatiginnga, and the Youth Media Arts Team from @1860 are key collaborators and contributors to this project, and its prior programs have been delivered and supported by the ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence, the Canada Council for the ArtsManitoba Arts Council, the United Nations Environment Program and the Canadian Sustainable Agricultural Partnership.

The Legal Services Board of Nunavut is a government public agency, created by statute. Funding is allocated by the GN Department of Justice through a contribution agreement that incorporates the federal-territorial Access to Justice Agreement between Justice Canada and the Department of Justice Nunavut to the Legal Services Board. The Nunavut Legal Services Board (LSB) serves as the primary authority for legal aid across the territory, overseeing a spectrum of legal services. Staff Lawyers within the LSB specialize in Criminal, Family, and Civil/Poverty law, ensuring a comprehensive approach to legal support. The LSB is committed to strategic planning, policy development, operational assessments, and actively participates in Public Legal Education initiatives.

The Kivalliq Chamber of Commerce (KCC) acknowledges challenges in organizational development post-pandemic, emphasizing its need to strengthen capacity for supporting member and community programs, hosting events and addressing gaps in economic development. The KCC has also expressed a need for board and governance training, and capacity building; we can jointly contribute to overcoming organizational capacity-related obstacles. This partnership signifies a shared commitment to fostering economic growth, entrepreneurship, and building a resilient business community in the Kivalliq region.

Amautiit Nunavut Inuit Women’s Association shares a commitment to advancing self-determination and empowerment within the context of Nunavut communities. The organization’s focus on representing the interests of arnait, addressing historical traumas, and promoting equality aligns with our project’s goal of fostering self-determination, sustainable development, and cultural preservation. Collaborative efforts can enhance the impact on issues such as poverty reduction, quality of life improvement, and the provision of essential services. Amautiit’s emphasis on community engagement and strategic priorities resonates with our project’s approach to building relationships and inclusivity, creating a synergistic partnership for positive change in Nunavut.

Maliganik Tukisiniarvik is an Inuit-led non-profit organization serving the Baffin region of Nunavut. Maliganik Tukisiniarvik plays a crucial role in providing administrative support to LSB operations in the Baffin Region. Maliiganik Tukisiniarvik staff offer sessions at the Iqaluit Women’s Shelter, Baffin Correctional and Makigiarvik Centers and volunteers with Canadian Bar Association mock trial projects with the local high school in Iqaluit.

Kivalliq Legal Services is an Inuit-led non-profit organization in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Kivalliq Legal Services offers essential administrative support to LSB lawyers in the Kivalliq Region, concentrating efforts on regional access to justice concerns. Kivalliq Legal Services partners with community events and trade shows and with organizations like the shelter society in providing general legal information to shelter staff, their volunteer board of directors. It participates in the development and distribution of family violence prevention campaigns around the region.

The Kitikmeot Law Centre is an Inuit-led non-profit organization in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut. The Kitikmeot Law Centre’s Regional Board focuses on raising regional access to justice issues in the Kitikmeot Region. The Kitikmeot Law Centre builds on key partnerships with the Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre and their local high school to deliver PLEI materials and information sessions. The Centre hosts community forums on its role and Family Law and often attends high schools to deliver presentations on “law as a career”.

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Nunavut

This new, pilot program will connect youth, Elders and artists and subject matter experts to explore the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, through arts-based and participatory approaches.

Learn more about our team and collaborators.

Founding Member, @1860 Winnipeg Arts
Emerging Inuk Youth Artist and Culture Connector.

President, Kivalliq Legal Services
Elder and Cultural Advisor

The Niriqatiginnga project serves as a prototype social program, arts and cultural entrepreneurship project and online marketplace that will incubate data- driven research and innovation, capacity building and collaborative partnerships to address food insecurity with northern communities.

Niriqatiginnga’s foundational first year will explore data-driven and evidence-based approaches to addressing northern food insecurity. It builds on the results of prior research projects supported over the last four years, including with: the US National Science FoundationMinneapolis College of Art and Design, the University of Minnesota Duluth, Global Dignity Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and the ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence.

Applied research training will design and deliver a pilot program for technology research and data analysis for evidence-based solutions. It increases Indigenous participation in Manitoba agri-food and agriculture sectors. This research is intended to enhance capacity for collaboration across Nutrition North Canada communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut using Winnipeg as a hub.

This proposed pilot project is strategically designed to align with federal priorities to enhance understanding and adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Carefully co-crafted objectives will focus on key outcomes and impacts that contribute to education, community empowerment, advancing economic reconciliation, and sustainable development. An application to support this work was submitted to Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in January 2024.

As well, this proposed project places a strong emphasis on improved capacity for impact measurement and evaluation as a key outcome, supporting SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). Robust metrics and evaluation frameworks will be co-designed and piloted to measure impacts on food insecurity, community health, and economic reconciliation, with a commitment to building capacity for sustained data collection, analysis, reporting, and training community members.

Skills Development for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Climate Adaptation, Food Security and Visualizing Impacts of the SDGs

A proposed pilot project

Understanding Indigenous Intellectual Property Protection and Indigenous Cultural Expressions (ICEs)

Cluster-Based Approaches to Participatory Organizational Development

The activities proposed under this proposed pilot project focuses on encouraging Indigenous artists and businesses to advance self-determination and foster economic reconciliation. A key goal is empowering Indigenous technology development projects, artists and entrepreneurs through capacity-building workshops, knowledge-sharing initiatives, and will contribute to the rollout of a user-friendly e-commerce “marketplace.” The project also seeks to increase artist and entrepreneur understanding of IP systems in Canada. It will also contribute to awareness and understanding of the need for safeguarding traditional knowledge and corporate data. An application for this program was submitted to Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada in August 2023. 

To further enrich the learning experience, we aspire to collaborate with expert advisors, legal professionals, researchers, and policy advisors. These collaborations will provide participants with invaluable guidance on various IP-related challenges and opportunities. Engaging in discussions, workshops, and conferences focused on IP and the protection of IK and ICEs will not only foster networking opportunities but also enable participants to actively contribute to policy development in this critical domain.

Manitoba

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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Interactive community workshops and seminars will serve as vital platforms for educating members about UNDRIP, elucidating its principles, and illustrating their everyday relevance.

A special video by Tony Eetak

Thank you for funding and supporting opportunities for youth, artists and entrepreneurs to gain hands-on experience.

Just think what the next generation will be able to do.

From workshops and training on digital arts and storytelling, to visualizing the impacts of climate change, food insecurity and arts-based approaches to inclusion in northern research, @1860 Winnipeg Arts collective projects have been presented and showcased at major conferences and events across Canada and internationally.

We’re really excited to have our session proposal accepted for the Arctic Congress 2024 in Bodø, Norway. Our upcoming session is titled “Niriqatiginnga: Fostering Food Security and Innovation for Northern Supply Chains.”

Thank You to our Partners and Supporters

We thank the many organizations who have come together to support this grassroots, community-initiated project.