The Pirursiivik greenhouse and social arts project
Credit: Jennifer Piccin
One Drop thanks RBC, our partner in the Pirursiivik project — as well as our executing partner Makivik Corporation — for making this life-changing project possible!
The Pirursiivik project also counts on the complementary support of Cirque du Monde by Cirque du Soleil, for capacity-building and organisational support for Tupiq A.C.T., a multidisciplinary troupe of young Inuit artists from the region who are able to lead and replicate social art activities.
Aptly named for a greenhouse project, Pirursiivik means “a place to grow” in Inuktitut. This project involves the community of Inukjuak in all its phases, from the original idea, to the design, construction, and management of the greenhouse. The Pirursiivik project also supports the community in developing key skills needed to ensure its sustainability. It creates local business opportunities, increases access to fresh local produce, gets local artists involved, and mobilizes the community through social art interventions.
- The aim is to design, build, and implement a greenhouse, and eventually transfer it to a local organization to ensure its long-term management and operation.
Social Art to promote Healthy Practices
- This project uses local traditions and culture as well as social art activities to raise awareness and mobilize communities to adopt healthy practices relating to water and nutrition.
- The project promotes investments, to establish a sustainable business model for the greenhouse, and includes practical workshops and community coaching.