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Artificial Intelligence and Pinnguaq

Artificial Intelligence and Pinnguaq

Post published:May 30, 2024

Like many of you, we were impressed and excited by the early promise of the work Open A.I. was doing. However, as with anything promising to be the “next big thing” out of Silicon Valley, we approached it with a healthy amount of skepticism.

Case Study: Website Reboot – I-Think

Case Study: Website Reboot – I-Think

Post published:May 10, 2024

Our client is an incredible non-profit focused on equipping young learners with the skills and confidence to drive change, and developing their 21st century skills and competencies. Pinnguaq was retained to reboot their current site with less – but more meaningful – content.

A birds-eye view of a group of children placing their handprints in a block of wet cement.

A Journey From Pliés to Panels

Post published:April 16, 2024

Born in Little Buffalo, a remote Alberta community ringed by oil extraction efforts, Melina Laboucan-Massimo knows the feeling of being helpless in the face of a warming planet. Every time her family drove across their traditional Lubicon Cree First Nation homelands, the landscape felt drier, its vegetation less vibrant.

From Old-Growth Rainforests to Arctic Sea Ice

From Old-Growth Rainforests to Arctic Sea Ice

Post published:April 16, 2024

The Tla-o-qui-aht Nation’s territory extends from one of the few remaining ancient temperate rainforests down to the Pacific Ocean. It is a place of thousand-year-old cedars up to 12 metres tall. Elk run through the misty woods, and black bears catch salmon as they migrate upstream, pulled back to rivers and streams by an unstoppable urge to spawn the next generation where they themselves hatched.

Two woven baskets, one small and one medium sized, sit on a big blue bin stitched along its rim with the same woven basket material. The small woven basket has the word "REPAIR" in black letters printed on the front of it.

Framing the Land

Post published:April 16, 2024

Now, Willard is an artist, curator, and assistant professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan. A mixed Secwépemc and settler, Willard’s research is focused in part on providing a view of the art world in small towns, rural centres, and on reserve. As an artist, curator, and educator, Holly Schmidt is trying to put a frame around something that is often taken for granted: the natural world around us.

Resilience in the Wild

Resilience in the Wild

Post published:April 16, 2024

Animals adapt, physically and behaviourally, as a means of survival, so they can reach their main food sources, fend off predators, and survive seasonal changes in the weather. Whether we realize it or not, we see the results of animal adaptation all the time, like when carnivorous animals rip flesh with their sharp canine teeth or when prey travel in herds because there is strength in numbers. Survival isn’t the only outcome, however; when animals develop new adaptations, they also develop new relationships with their environments. The monarch butterfly is a great example. Its larvae feed on milkweed leaves, which have a strong, distasteful odour and are poisonous. The monarch adapted so that it is able to digest this poisonous plant and because of its smell, predators keep away from the butterfly and its eggs.

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Sustainable Artistry Blooms in Kawartha

Post published:April 16, 2024

In Ontario’s City of Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough, shoppers can find loads of creators to help stock their cupboards, wardrobes, and minds, all the while decreasing their environmental footprint.

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Supporting STEM in Remote Regions

Post published:April 16, 2024

More students in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities in Canada will have opportunities to become proficient in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), thanks to the Drax Foundation.

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A Conversation on Climate

Post published:April 16, 2024

As a young Gitxsan and Cree-Métis girl growing up in Gitanmaax First Nation in northern British Columbia, Janna Wale loved school—Now a policy advisor at the Canadian Climate Institute, Wale talks to Karen Pinchin about her earliest memories and the educators who helped her integrate her scientific career with her Indigeneity.

An instructor shows a group of children wearing life vests standing in a river how to use a water testing kit.

Take Samples, Make Change

Post published:April 16, 2024

Clean water is a right for all; the human race, animals, and the water itself. Just as clean water is a right, so is the ability to identify if water is clean.

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Naturally Ink-quisitive

Post published:April 16, 2024

Art is a great way to get creative, fire up different parts of the brain, and see something in a new way. To make colourful, sustainable inks that don’t come with excess packaging or contain microplastics that end up in nature, just reach for plants from the kitchen, forest, or garden.

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Lifecycle Superstar – Emily Coombes

Post published:April 10, 2024

Emily joined Pinnguaq as a placement student, and was hired shortly after as a Digital Skills Educator. She graduated from Fleming College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and an Eco-Mentorship certificate in 2017, from Trent with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in English Literature in 2019, and from Nipissing University with a Bachelor of Education in the Junior and Intermediate stream in 2023.

Digital Skills for Youth: Working with STEAM

Digital Skills for Youth: Working with STEAM

Post published:March 7, 2024

Five years ago, Pinnguaq was selected as a delivery partner for the 2018 Digital Skills for Youth (DS4Y) program, funded by the Government of Canada. DS4Y continues to be a shining example of how gaining digital skills can provide sustainable, local careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

ODR Hockey Heroes: game development beyond the city limits

ODR Hockey Heroes: game development beyond the city limits

Post published:February 1, 2024

Cheers and chants echoed through the Makerspace as attendees of the ODR Hockey Heroes playtest tried their hands at the arcade hockey video game developed by Treewood Studio. Whether they were tipping the puck into the back of the net or dropping gloves in a spirited bout of fisticuffs, there was no shortage of excitement in the space.

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The Mega Impact of the Micro:bit

Post published:January 16, 2024

Coding can seem abstract, but the 9000 micro:bits recently received by Pinnguaq through a partnership with Digital Moment will be used to bring coding into the real world, and to help learners see and realize their own power and potential. 

Pinnguaq partners with DIGITAL for three skill-building programs

Pinnguaq partners with DIGITAL for three skill-building programs

Post published:January 9, 2024

Pinnguaq is thrilled to announce our participation as a delivery and education partner in three new projects in partnership with DIGITAL, Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies. All three projects focus on strengthening digital skills in rural, remote, Indigenous and other equity-deserving communities.

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Take Me Outside, Let’s Learn on the Land

Post published:December 13, 2023

It’s one thing to read about the changing of the seasons, it’s quite another to feel the crisp air, see the frost and smell the fallen leaves. As informative as books and screens can be, nothing beats learning about the science of the natural world immersed in the natural world.

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Breaking ground at Lindsay’s new STEAM hub

Post published:November 22, 2023

Passersby may notice some activity at the former public works building on Peel Street in Lindsay as construction crews transform the space into a world-class STEAM education, entrepreneurship and community hub operated by Pinnguaq Association.