Northern Food Network

The Northern Food Network (NFN) is co-hosted by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) and Food Secure Canada (FSC) as a space for people working in and interested in northern food security to share, learn about best practices across the North and advance collective action on food security. AICBR and FSC will co-facilitate bi-monthly webinars and teleconferences with focused presentations and discussion around 4 core themes: environment, health, agriculture, and food security. Given the current federal policy opportunities that exist with the development of Canada's first national food policy, the revision of Canada's Food Guide and the complete overhaul of Nutrition North Canada, these webinars will have undercurrents of policy relevance, will be action-oriented and may evolve as new priorities arise.

 

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Webinar Information:

upcoming webinar:

Webinar #3 - June 19th, 2017, 10:00-11:30 am PST:

THEME: "Growing Food & Community in the Northwest Territories"

With guest speakers: 

Important Technical Information:

Please download Zoom to be able to take part in the NFN webinars. For more information on technical requirements, click here. If you have registered for the webinar, this information will also be sent to you via email.

If there are any technical issues, please email: community@foodsecurecanada.org.


RECENT Webinars, MEETINGS AND GATHERINGS:

NFN Webinar #2: Core Themes on Northern Food Security 

Co-hosted by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research & Food Secure Canada, April 25th, 2017

The Northern Food Network's first webinar welcomed over 45 guests from across the country and two guest speakers. Daniel Gladu Kanu gave a presentation on behalf of the team at the Food Matters Manitoba, sharing stories from community about food programs in northern Manitoba; we then heard from Norma Kassi from AICBR about the role that community-based research can play in promoting self-sufficiency in Canada's North and sharing a story from Kluane First Nation's Nourishing Our Future project. 

Presentation Slides and Recordings:

 

     
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    NFN Webinar #1: Core Themes on Northern Food Security 

    Co-hosted by the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research & Food Secure Canada, February 27th, 2017

    The Northern Food Network's first webinar welcomed over 60 guests from across the country and two guest speakers from different regions of the North. Dexter MacRae gave a presentation on behalf of the team at the Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations Teaching and Working Farm, sharing insights from the process of the farm school's development and recent success in Dawson City, Yukon; we then heard from Kukik Baker on behalf of her team at the Arviat Wellness Centre about the many inspiring community-driven, on-the-land, experiential programs in Arviat, Nunavut. 

    Presentation Slides and Recordings:

     
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    Northern Networking and Information Sharing Gathering

    Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly, October 13th, 2016

    AICBR co-hosted a Northern Networking and Information Sharing Gathering with FSC at their National Assembly which welcomed 35 people who were either currently living and working in the North or are interested in Northern food security. At the Networking gathering, we learned about initiatives going on in other regions related to food security and identified some common strengths and needs for improving food security across the North. 

     

    ADVANCING FOOD SECURITY ACROSS CANADA’S NORTH – A CO-HOSTED SESSION

    Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly, October 14th, 2016

    As part of the Indigenous and Northern Stream, AICBR also co-hosted a session called “Advancing Food Security Across Canada’s North”, with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and Food First Newfoundland and Labrador. At this session, we heard how communities and regions across the North are developing their own food security strategies and using innovative ways to communicate stories of resilience and strength. AICBR gave a presentation about the food security project recently completed in and led by Kluane First Nation, which was delivered by Mary Jane Johnson (KFN Elder and Project Advisor, pictured left) and Norma Kassi, Co-Founder and Director of Indigenous Collaboration at AICBR. Jody Butler Walker, Co-Founder and Co-Director at AICBR also provided an overview of AICBR and the principles of community-based research as well as shared some highlights from AICBR’s recent Yukon Food Security Roundtable. 

     

    Northern Food Summit Open Space Dialogue

    Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly, October 15th, 2016

    At the Assembly, AICBR also hosted an Open Space dialogue on the possibility of a Northern Food Summit. There were 20 people in attendance from both the North and the South who shared their thoughts and input on the idea of bringing key Northern leaders for a Northern Food Summit to advance food security planning on a pan-Northern scale. 

     

    OUTCOMES, MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS:

    Outcomes:

    [pdf] NFN Webinar #1 - Webinar Presentation Slides (Feb 27th, 2017)

    [video] NFN Webinar #1 - Webinar Recording (Feb 27th, 2017)

    [pdf] Meeting Minutes - Networking Gathering

    [pdf] Meeting Minutes - Open Space

    [pdf] Summary - Key Action Items

    Media & Publications:

    FAQ Sheet: FAQs About Canada's National Food Policy...Read More

    News item: Northern and Indigenous Food Security a Central Issue at Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly: October 13 – 16th, 2016....Read More

    [pdf] Putting the Community Back Into Our Food System - Key Messages from Pan-Canadian Food Discussions at Food Secure Canada's National Assembly, October 13-16th, 2016