This study (ACOA) was contracted by Diversity Thunder Bay, and funded by the federal Dept. of Canadian
The study included a community survey on experiences of racism, diversity and community satisfaction. It
also included targeted interviews. The success of the project has led to similar community action studies in several
other northern Ontario cities.
Besides documenting racialization in Thunder Bay, the project also provides valuable new information on
social cohesion in heterogenous communities, and how it can be fractured in ways detrimental to community development.
Social cohesion has been shown to be an important factor in economic development.
The project began in July, 2001, with results released on March 21, 2002. The 6-page summary
and full report are by download below, as are the studies in North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins.
ACOA download or Diversity Thunder Bay information
A Three City Anti-Racism Initiative in Northeastern Ontario
Developing compassionate sense of place:
Experience and pedagogy in the creation of social and environmental conscientization
Environmental and social problems are expanding rapidly in complexity and severity. Solutions are hindered by what Thomas
Homer-Dixon calls the ingenuity gap (2000). This research seeks to understand how environmental social movements help to bridge
this gap through the utilization of social capital and the organization of learning opportunities that create a "compassionate
sense of place."
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Doing environmental education in the church: Rocks, rapids and braided channels
Spirituality can be a valuable ally in lighting and sustaining the green fire of ecological and social transformation. Although
the institutions have sometimes been at odds with social and ecological transformation, organized religion can also lead to
respect for creation. The past two decades have seen increasing integration of Christian spirituality and theology with environmental
awareness and justice.
This project draws on personal teaching experiences about commmunicating environmental issues
in the church context. It includes a number of writing projects, conference presentations and coalition building.
see also "Green Fire and Religious Spirit" article, published in the Journal of Experiential Education)
In partnership with:
Ontario Environmental Network
Lakehead Social Planning Council
Edmonton Social Planning Council
Thunder Bay Coalition Against Poverty
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association