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!
AICBR, in collaboration with partners across Canada, have compiled food systems and climate change assets into two online, mapping inventories.
As part of the Yukon Indigenous Community Climate Change Champions (YIC4) project, a youth toolkit was developed to outline steps for conducting a community-based assessment of climate change opportunities and priorities in First Nations communities.
The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Enhanced Mentorship Program is an award-winning initiative offered by Coady International Institute. Offered since 2011, this program is for First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are committed to supporting development and social change in their organizations, communities and Nations.
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.
Participate in Indigenous research to gather examples of excellence in Indigenous education and contribute to the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education (NCCIE) website, https://www.nccie.ca/ (currently under development).
You are invited to AICBR's Annual General Meeting!
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
Check out this month's Esri Canada GIS Ambassador blog, featuring our Communications and Research Officer, Molly Pratt and her work on the Healthy Living in My Community project!
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research is currently seeking a full-time, term Administrative Research Assistant.
Simon Fraser University is looking for a Reconciliation Coordinator and Liaison Officer. Job description circulated on behalf of the Indigenous Mentorship Network - Pacific Northwest.
The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is seeking an Executive Director. This position will oversee the operations of AICBR, a dynamic and unique northern research non-profit organization working in the fields of climate change, food security and healthy lifestyles.
November 2017, 29 Indigenous youth from Yukon, Northern BC, Northwest Territories, and Nunatsiavut and some Yukon Renewable Resources Council members came together in Whitehorse for a four-day training on climate change. This training is part of a two-year initiative training community climate change champions.
First Nations’ youth from across the Yukon are gathering in Whitehorse next week to learn about climate change and how they can assist their communities to adapt to the impacts.
The following blog post is from our lovely Youth Assistant Roberta, who joined AICBR in August and has been working closely with Norma and the team on various climate change related projects. Here are some of her personal reflections!
The Healthy School Communities National Forum will provide the tools, evidence and resources to help you make healthy schools a priority goal in your community. Registration is open now!
JOB TITLE: INDIGENOUS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE - YOUTH ASSISTANT
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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.
Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research
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Yukon Anti Poverty Coalition
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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.