Annual General Meeting Announcement

The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is hosting its Annual General Meeting on September 20th, 2019 from 11:30-1:30pm. Please join us at NorthLight Innovation at 2180 2nd Ave.

 The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is seeking new Board Members! The Annual General Meeting is being held on September 20th, 2019 from 11:30-1:30pm. Prior to the business of the AGM, AICBR is hosting a Panel Discussion/ Keynote Speaker on community-based participatory research starting at 11:30am. Please join us at NorthLight Innovation at 2180 2nd Ave.

Directors’ positions are open.
Purpose:
To advise, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of AICBR so as to support the organization’s mission and needs.

Major Responsibilities*:

  • Organizational leadership and advisement

  • Oversight of policies and procedures

  • Development and oversight of strategic plan, business plan, and communications strategy;

  • Financial management, including adoption and oversight of the annual budget;

  • Review of organizational and programmatic reports;

  • Promotion of the organization;

  • Fundraising and outreach.

*Members of the Board share these responsibilities while acting in the interest of AICBR. Each member is expected to make recommendations based on his or her experience and vantage point in the community.

Meetings and Time Commitment: The Board of Directors meet once per month, during the lunch hour.

Expectations of Board Members:

  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis; and special events as able;

  • Be alert to community concerns that can be addressed by AICBR mission, objectives, and programs;

  • Help communicate and promote AICBR mission and programs to the community;

  • Become familiar with AICBR finances, budget and financial/resource needs.

Treasurer’s position is open

Treasurer Description:

  • A skilled and qualified treasurer with financial experiences that will be able to work closely with other staff members and the bookkeeper when needed.

  • Professional experiences as an accountant an asset.

  • Experience working in a non-profit organization an asset. 

Task description: 

  • Attend monthly Board meetings;

  • Overseeing finances of the organization and assisting bookkeeper as needed;

  • Presenting quarterly financial reports to Board;

  • Preparing (with bookkeeper) and presenting financial statements at Annual General Meeting;

  • Ensuring development and Board review of financial policies and procedures;

  • Participating in discussion and decision-making process of the Board.

Time commitment

  • The Treasurer is a Member of the Board that is elected by membership at Annual General Meeting (AGM) for one year, to expire at next following AGM, though a longer-term commitment is ideal.

  • Attending monthly Board meetings.

  • Time needed to prepare to present quarterly financial reports to Board and financial statements at AGM.

We're Moving!

AICBR is moving! Our new location is 4109 4th Avenue, Suite 202. We are very excited to have our new office space in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified green building. Thanks for your patience as we get our new place set up!

Bringing Together Indigenous Youth for Climate Change Preparedness in the North

AICBR is gearing up to host the next iteration of our youth training as part of the Yukon Indigenous Community Climate Change Champions (YIC4) Project. This training will welcome 24 First Nations youth (aged 16-30yrs) from communities across the territory to Whitehorse, January 21st-24th, 2019. Elders, scientists and experts from across Canada will guide youth in exploring the climate change crisis from both Indigenous and scientific ways of knowing and how we, as northern communities can adapt.

Two Yukon First Nations Initiatives featured at the Montreal Science Centre Exhibit: Indigenous Ingenuity

The Montreal Science Centre has recently wrapped up their exhibit on Indigenous Ingenuity, which featured two Yukon First Nations initiatives. The Centre received over 100,000 visitors over the course of the exhibit and was such a success that it has been renewed for another feature between October 2018-March 2019. Earlier last year, AICBR teamed up with McGill University

What’s Your Recipe for a Better Food System? Upcoming Community Engagement Events in Whitehorse seek to raise Yukoners’ voices on National Food Policy

Press Release

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 Mandate Letter to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, 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.

Contacts:

Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research

(867) 668-3393

info@aicbr.ca (Molly or Katelyn)

OR

Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition

(867) 334-9317

yapcfood@gmail.com (Renée); yukonantipovertycoalition@gmail.com (Kristina)


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