The Pirursiivik greenhouse and social art project
The One Drop Foundation thanks the RBC Foundation, 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 organizational support for Tupiq A.C.T., a multidisciplinary troupe of young Inuit artists from the region who have created both an interactive show and short films relating to the project themes. They have also facilitated circus workshops for youth in the community.
As the final year of the project, 2021 gave way to its biggest success: the commitment of local organization Sirivik to take over the operation and management of the hydroponic container and the management of the Pirursiiniq Nunavimmi app.
Aptly named for a greenhouse project, Pirursiivik means “a place to grow” in Inuktitut. The community of Inukjuak is at the centre of this project in all its phases, from the original idea, to the design, construction, and management of the greenhouse. The Pirursiivik project also supports community members 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 activities.
- The aim is to design, build, and implement a greenhouse, which will be owned and operated by a local organization.
Social Art to promote Healthy Practices
- Social art activities, inspired by Inuit culture and art, are not only fun and entertaining, but also create spaces for shared learning and exchange on traditional foods, nutrition, and the importance of clean water.
- The project promotes investments to establish a sustainable business model for the greenhouse and includes practical workshops and coaching on a variety of topics relating to growing and operations.