Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
ACTIONS FOR CHANGE
SAFE SPACES NETWORK
What is a Safe Space? A safe space is an environment which allows everyone who accesses it to feel comfortable expressing themselves and participating fully without fear of attack, ridicule or denial of experience. Emerging from our earlier work with substance use and people with lived experience, Northside Rising has identified the need to support more safe spaces in our communities.
OPEN SPACE MOBILE ARTS CENTRE
The effects of the pandemic have taken a toll on most people in our community and Open Space aims to create access to arts and wellness by providing opportunities for people to gather and try something new. The OPEN SPACE Mobile Arts Centre offers free accessible arts programming and healthy food in pop up spaces around North Sydney, Florence and Sydney Mines. Watch our Instagram (feed below) to learn where we will be next!
Back in 2018, we began our work with a community survey, which helped us determine priority issues for Northsiders. This process surfaced our focus on Substance Use as a starting point. In 2020, we launched Invictus, a research initiative exploring the state of hope on the Northside, and informing our efforts to strengthen the community’s capacity to shape its own future. We encourage groups around Sydney Mines, Florence and North Sydney to access this information and engage in their own sensemaking activities around hope and agency.
NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY COALITION
We are facilitating a forum for diverse and passionate stakeholders to engage in joint analysis of issues and opportunities on the Northside, increase collaborative community leadership, build a network of changemakers, and elevate lived experience as a vital way of knowing.
NORTHSIDE COMMUNITY COFFEE HOUSE
Initially a COVID-19 response effort, the Coffee House is a conversation space where the Northside Rising team meets virtually with members of the community to discuss rich themes of community life in a “live” format, where the public can participate via Facebook stream or Zoom. The Coffee House is a unique and inviting space that gets below the surface on things that matter to the community.
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Northside Rising looks forward to sharing new initiatives as this framework takes flight! Join our mailing list to stay in the loop.