Nordicity Celebrates National Aboriginal Day
Posted by Nordicity on Jun 21, 2017

Posted by the partners and the rest of the Nordicity team, June 21, 2017

It is with great honour that the Nordicity team celebrates National Aboriginal day from its three offices in Canada – located on the land of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation (Treaty 57) and the Mississauga of the New Credit Nation (Treaty 13) in Ontario, and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in British Columbia. While we will also celebrate Canada 150, we view it as an occasion to mark 150 + in recognition of the Indigenous Peoples’ nation building long before Europeans settled in Canada. National reconciliation is a necessary process before we can truly mark such occasions as celebrations. 

Government initiatives such as the creation of an Indigenous Screen Office for Canada that assist in the flourishing of native communities are especially welcoming.

As a firm, we have been proud of our furthering the development of Aboriginal communities. As individuals, several of us have also been active in philanthropic organizations to improve the conditions for Indigenous Canadians. One example is Vicki Lean – a senior associate who created a feature length documentary: “The Last River” about the Attawapiskat reserve and the DeBeers diamond mine. Vicki’s film has been well received, and has played on CBC’s national English language television service.

The following projects illustrate the depth and range of Nordicity advisory services undertaken either directly for Aboriginal organizations or for agencies mandated to enable development of Indigenous Peoples:

  • Founding business plan for the Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN), which led to the licensing of the network and its instrumental role in the development and exhibition of Indigenous TV creators across the country
  • Connect to Innovate project for the SNGRDC (Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation): technology, network costing, market analysis, business plan and preparation of the funding application to ISED. 
  • Northern Connectivity: Ensuring Affordable Communications (2015) for the three territories: Yukon, NWT and Nunavut. This major study of connectivity modelled the network backbones and access to the 75 northern communities and determination of connectivity standards that meet the user groups needs and identified the most efficient technology platform/solution. 
  • Economic Impact and Competitive Analysis of the Film and Television Production Industry in Nunavut (2009) for Nunavut Film Development Corporation (NFDC). 
  • NFDC Industry Summit: Strategic Planning Workshop (2014) for the Nunavut Film Development Corporation. The study identified relative strengths and weaknesses inherent Nunavut’s film industry, evaluated the support structure, funding programs and identified challenges and potential solutions and recommendations as the basis for a strategic plan. The project report was presented to territorial stakeholders in an NFDC Summit Workshop. 
  • Satellite Coverage of Nunavut and Related Capacity (2015) for Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation. Nordicity provided an estimate of existing (and planned) satellite capacity aimed to provide coverage of the Territory of Nunavut. 
  • Economic and Socio-economic Impact Analysis of Changes in Connectivity, under various connectivity scenarios (2013) for Katavik Regional Government (KRG). 
  • The Impacts of Translating Ubuntu to Inuktitut (2014) for Katavik Regional Government (KRG)