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December 9th, 2019 – NORDIK Institute, Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig are proud to host the 8th C2UExpo (Community-College-University Exposition) May 12th-14th, 2020. The conference theme is Culture Place, and Resilience

C2UExpo is a Canadian-led international conference designed to showcase best practices in community-campus partnerships worldwide, create a space for collaboration around key issues, and foster ideas for mobilizing community participation and action. An initiative of Community-Based Research Canada, the conference is held every two years and allows community members, universities, colleges, government, and non-profit organizations to create an innovative learning environment. 

“The selection committee was very intrigued by our proposed vision for the gathering to be a space to bring together scholars, practitioners and community members whose work prioritizes community economic development, rural communities, and Indigenous cultural revitalization,” says Sean Meades, Director of NORDIK. 

The theme of Culture, Place, and Resilience will showcase innovative models, findings, and best practices of community-campus research initiatives. “We are excited about the focus of this theme for connecting community-based research and education to cultural shifts, Indigenous cultural and philosophical revitalization, social innovation, and systems change,” says Joanna Ochocka, Board Co-Chair of Community Based Research Canada. 

A diverse range of activities and sessions for exploring the theme will be planned around the city of Sault Ste. Marie/Baawating, with particular emphasis on creative workshops, panel discussions, round tables, and culture-based events. Event updates will be posted on the conference website, which is now live. Current updates include the Call for Proposals. Opportunities also exist for organizations and individuals who want to exercise their leadership and advance social good through our conference sponsorship package. 

For conference details, information on sponsorship opportunities, or to submit a proposal, please visit the C2UExpo website at https://c2uexpo2020.ca/ or contact: [email protected] 

Community-Based Research Canada is a national non-profit organization and facilitator for community-based research and campus-community engagement in Canada. 1520 Queen St. East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2G4 | Tel: 705-949-2301 ext. 4235 www.nordikinstitute.com | [email protected] 

NORDIK Institute is a community-based research group with the goal of building Northern Ontario’s capacity to conduct research that contributes to social, economic and environmental justice in rural, Indigenous and northern communities. 

Algoma University was first established as a college of Laurentian University in 1965 and gained independence in 2008, offering a wide range of degrees spanning liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies. 

Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig is a centre of excellence in Anishinaabe education and a member of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium. Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig share a special mission to cultivate cross-cultural learning between Anishinaabe populations and other communities. 


Media contact: Sean Meades, Director of NORDIK Institute Phone:705-949-2301 ext. 4235 Email: [email protected] 

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