Mapping the Social Economy in Northern Canada – 2008 Northwest Territories Project

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, Sahtu Settlement Area, Dehcho Region, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: social sciences, socio-economics, social services

Principal Investigator: Southcott, Chris (7)
Licence Number: 14302
Organization: Lakehead University
Licensed Year(s): 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Issued: Mar 10, 2008
Project Team: Alana Mero (Coordinator of project for NWT, Aurora Research Institute), Jennifer Wilman (Coordinator of project for Nunavut, Nunavut Research Institute), TBD (Student research assistant, Nunavut Research Institute), Danielle McLean (Masters Student, Lakehead University), Valoree Walker (Coordinator of Project for the North, Northern Research Institute), Student Assistant (Northern Research Institute), Student assistant (Aurora Research Institute)

Objective(s): The purpose of this study is: to establish an initial list of social economy organizations in Northern Canada; to undertake a survey of these organizations to determine the characteristics of these organizations including locations, activities, size, employment, membership and structure; to determine the research needs of these organizations through a needs survey that will accompany the inventory survey.

Project Description: The purpose of this study is: to establish an initial list of social economy organizations in Northern Canada; to undertake a survey of these organizations to determine the characteristics of these organizations including locations, activities, size, employment, membership and structure; to determine the research needs of these organizations through a needs survey that will accompany the inventory survey.

This is a research project being done to determine the role the social economy plays in Northern Canada. Social economy is a new term and it refers to volunteer groups, cooperatives, Aboriginal groups, church groups and any other groups that work to improve the lives of people and communities. SERNNoCA is asking social economy groups to complete a questionnaire so they can understand the contribution the social economy makes in the North. Interviews of individuals are not part of the research plan. The questionnaires will be distributed by mail and email in all three territories and the information gathered will remain confidential. Organizations are free to decide if they wish to complete the questionnaire.

The Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada (SERNNoCA) will provide information through various written media, public information sessions, shared with other social economy research nodes and the National Hub, and presented at conferences, seminars and published in various journals including the Northern Review and Arctic.
The study will be conducted from March 10 to December 31, 2008, involving all communities in the Northwest Territories. The inventory work is intended to determine all types of social economy organizations that are present in Northwest Territories communities.