The Packsack Project

Put on your Packsack – An Introduction

March 31, 2022 Gayle Broad, Sean Meades & David Thompson Season 1 Episode 1
The Packsack Project
Put on your Packsack – An Introduction
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The Packsack Project is an exploration of resilient rural and Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario. We will hear from people, businesses, and organizations who are adapting to change in ways that is reflective of Northern Ontario’s culture and geography.

In this Introduction we’ll hear from the Packsack Project’s creators, Dr. Sean Meades and David Thompson along with host Dr. Gayle Broad.

Dr. Sean Meades is the Research Director of NORDIK Institute, an innovative community-based research hub affiliated with Algoma University dedicated to building healthy, resilient communities.

David Thompson is the Manager of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a catalyst of agri-food innovation that is an initiative of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre with a mandate for building a resilient agri-food sector in Algoma.

In this episode we share how the Packsack Project got started, where it’s going, and how you can be involved.


The Packsack Project is a collaborative podcast from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre's Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) and NORDIK Institute, sharing real life stories and experiences of Northern Ontario's resilience.

Meet our hosts
Why Packsack?
Teaser Clip with Gerry Brandon (L'Autochtone Taverne Americaine)
Blending diverse Northern stories & perspectives in the Packsack Project
Teaser Clip on the impact of the Crane with Chief Dean Sayers (Batchewana First Nation)
Adapting to northern specific challenges through innovation
Teaser Clip on northern health education innovation with Dr. Catherine Cervin (Northern Ontario School of Medicine)
What's Next