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JOB TITLE: INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE - YOUTH ASSISTANT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18th, 2017
Whitehorse, YT – Food matters. Four million Canadians struggle to put enough healthy, culturally appropriate, safe, affordable food on their tables; food insecurity in Canada’s North is an increasingly urgent issue with far reaching public health, economic and social impacts. In Yukon, 17% of residents are food insecure. At the federal level, solutions to address this problem have been patchwork and no cohesive strategy that governs our food from “farm to fork” exists. Hope is on the horizon however, with the federal government tasking the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada (AAFC) to work in collaboration with others to develop a Food Policy for Canada that “promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country” [Prime Minister Letter to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Mandate Letter, 2015].
Policy is literally in everything we do. According to Sherri Torjman from the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, “we eat, drink and breathe public policy” because it affects everything from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.
What food policy can do for everyday Canadians is that it sets out a plan of action, both in the short- and long-term, for how we govern our food system and how we ensure Canadians are healthy and safe, how we protect our environment for future generations and how we promote our goals for prosperity. We all need to eat, so we all have something important to say when it comes to shaping our national food policy.
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) and the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC) are working with Food Secure Canada, with the support of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Lush Canada, and Ice Wireless to put on two events that will bring together the public to talk about Yukon food security and how it fits into the national policy being developed. Thursday, July 20th from 3:00 - 8:00 pm there will be a booth at the Fireweed Market where the public can come to hear more on the topic of national food policy, fill out the government’s online survey, learn about what is happening in Yukon, and share their views on food. Then, Monday, July 31st, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at The Old Fire Hall, a free, public meal and facilitated discussion will be co-hosted to gather further input on Yukoners’ needs and priorities for food security.
What we want to know is, “What are the shared values and priorities of the Yukon” and “What do Yukoners want to tell the federal government about our food system in the North?” There is a short window of time that the government is undertaking consultations, and it is important to hear from Yukoners so that we can raise up Northern values, ideas and needs as part of this process. We encourage a diverse set of voices to the table – community members with lived experiences of food insecurity, sustainable agriculture and fisheries leaders, Indigenous community members, local food business owners, community food programmers, government officials, and health professionals, among others – to talk about how we can build a healthier, more just, sustainable, and economically viable food system for all Canadians.
Please join AICBR and YAPC at our booth at the Fireweed Market, Thursday, July 20th from 3:00 -8:00 pm and for a free public meal July 31st, from 5:30 – 8:00 pm (The Old Fire Hall). Stay tuned to more details by visiting, www.aicbr.ca or yapc.ca.
Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research
firstname.lastname@example.org (Molly or Katelyn)
Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition
email@example.com (Renée); firstname.lastname@example.org (Kristina)
Recent articles and interviews:
- CBC Yukon's Midday Cafe Interview with Leonard Linklater: https://soundcloud.com/cbcyukon/yukon-groups-want-input-on-new-food-policy?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=twitter
- CBC North Article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/food-for-thought-northerners-asked-to-inform-national-food-policy-1.4215195
- CBC News: Northbeat, July 21, 2017 [see at 15:00min] http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1006034499967
- The Whitehorse Star Opinion Article: "What's your recipe for a better food system?"[in print (click image below) and online]
- The Yukon News Article: "Researchers seeking input on food policy" [in print (click image below)]
Links and More Resources:
- Fill out the Government of Canada's online survey: https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/food-policy.html
- Sign on to support Food Secure Canada's 5 Big Ideas: https://foodsecurecanada.org/five-big-ideas
- Learn more about Yukon Food Security:
You are invited to AICBR's Annual General Meeting, Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
Inuvik Community Greenhouse is hiring two Greenhouse Senior Interns this year. The position will run from May 15 – August 26, with applications due by April 30th.
The School of Public Health at the University of Alberta is accepting applications for a tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor level position within Northern Aboriginal Health Systems.
Mar 14th, 7pm: Join us and a panel of local food experts for a discussion on how growing can bring community together and hear updates about what is going on in the Yukon with regards to food security planning. This is a free, public event.
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research is pleased to invite community gardeners to our fourth Community Gardener Gathering – Working Together to Grow More 4: Growing a Food Secure Yukon, March 14th & 15th, 2017.
Norma Kassi will be traveling to the Universty of Alberta in Edmonton next week as a special guest to present a Yukon-perspective on the issues of climate change, Indigenous food sovereignty and strategic adaptation.
The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Trust just announced their call for proposals for 2017-18. There is $175,000 of funding available and requests of up to a maximum of $15,000 are encouraged (however any amount will be considered).
A report released in early November to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) office by the Dietitians of Canada (DC) contains many recommendations for the review of INAC's Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) is seeking applications for Elder-youth pairs to participate in a dialogue on Indigenous health and wellness.
In partnership with Kluane First Nation (KFN) we are pleased to announce the recent release of KFN's Remembering Our Past Nourishing Our Future DVD which was produced in collaboration with AICBR as part the Nourishing Our Future project. We have been working with KFN over the past 3 years and this documentary is the culmination of a tremendous amount of great work that the community has done to reclaim their culture, traditions, food security, and future wellbeing.
Members of the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) team just returned home from attending Food Secure Canada's 9th National Assembly in Toronto, with many outcomes to share.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 - CPAWS and Yukon Conservation Society hosted a 2-hour All-Party Election Forum on the Environment at the Beringia Centre in Whitehorse in lead up to the Territorial Election November 7th.
Whitehorse, YT – Food Secure Canada (FSC) recently announced the recipients of the 3rd Cathleen Kneen award: Norma Kassi, Co-Founder of and Director of Indigenous Collaboration at the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) and Abra Brynne, Agriculture and Food Systems Consultant.
The Trent Community Research Centre is looking for a post-doctoral fellow in community-based research. This 12-month fellowship is full-time and contributes to the Community First: Impact of Community Engagement (CFICE) research project.
May 18th-19th, 2016, the Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) brought together delegates from across the territory and beyond to discuss the issue of food security and develop some actionable outcomes and priorities for moving forward together towards a food secure Yukon.
The University of Guelph is currently looking to hire First Nations, Inuit and Métis Scholars (either recently graduated PhD students or PhD students almost through their degree) for various faculty appointments. The university is hiring candidates in any field and is particularly interested in someone with a background in nutrition, food sovereignty, ethnobotany, or traditional food systems.
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 15th from 12:00-1:00pm, followed by an Open House. Please join us at 308 Hanson St.