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 #4 - November (Date TBD)

    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:

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    NFN Teleconference #2: Northern Priorities for Canada's National Food Policy

    September 5th, 2017

    This discussion was a continuation of previous policy conversations to build on the recommendations and drafted policy brief of outlined northern priorities. 

    Outcomes:

    • [pdf] Northern Priorities for National Food Policy - Recommendations

     

     
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    NFN Teleconference #1: Northern Priorities for Canada's National Food Policy

    August 9th, 2017

    This discussion centered around national food policy and opening up a space for dialogue on recommendations of the proposed policy plan/components. We had a dynamic discussion and many important points were made. Some clear recommendations arising from this discussion were the need to have Indigenous voices and leadership at the table from the outset; to recognize connections between food and Reconciliation as well as advancing the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and food sovereignty for the North. Food sovereignty recognizes that communities have the skills and knowledge to make decisions for themselves and to advance their own control over their food systems.

     
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    'What's your Recipe for a Better Food System?' Community Engagement on National Food Policy - Community Meal & Discussion

    Co-hosted by AICBR and Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC), July 31st, 2017 

    As part of an FSC campaign "What's Your Recipe for a Better Food System", AICBR along with YAPC co-hosted a community meal to gather insight on the food issues that matter to Yukoners. This event was held in Whitehorse, July 31st and welcomed about 40 Whitehorse residents who are involved with and passionate about food.

    • See below for media coverage
    • Final report coming soon... 
     
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    'What's your Recipe for a Better Food System?' Community Engagement on National Food Policy - Fireweed Farmers Market Workshop

    July 20th, 2017

    We hosted a booth as part of the Fireweed Farmer's Market to gather insights from Northerners about the food issues that matter to them and to share policy resources and food security work done in the Yukon. We also had an ipad available and encouraged people to fill out the government's online survey that was part of their public consultation on the developing Food Policy for Canada.

    • See below for media coverage
    • Final report coming soon... 
     

    NFN Webinar #3: Growing Food and Community in the Northwest Territories

    Co-hosted by Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research and Food Secure Canada, June 19th, 2017

    At our 3rd webinar in the series, Amanda Wilson from FSC provided a short overview of the food policy context in Canada: from WHAT is policy to the WHO is involved in the national food policy process; WHEN is the government's process taking place; and WHY is a national food policy important? We then had the pleasure of hearing from two groups who are growing food and community in the Northwest Territories. Emily Mann, from the Inuvik Community Greenhouse shared some of the awesome community-grown projects going on in the hockey-arena-turned-greenhouse in the Beaufort Delta region; yoga classes, gardening internships and training, as well as small-scale food programs in various NWT communities are just some of the initiatives available through the Inuvik Community Greenhouse and the Inuvik Community Garden Society. We then heard from Kim Rapati from the Northern Farm Training Institute in Hay River who spoke of the incredible growth of the Institute and transformation/remediation of an abandoned 1000 pig industrial complex and lot to a sustainable, community-focused facility capable of growing enough food for a community of 200. The Institute has trained 150 people from 30 communities in NWT (and Manitoba) and currently has 260 acres, 200 animals, various northern-focused research projects, and runs various on-campus training in growing/harvesting techniques, animal husbandry, accessing markets, as well as various special courses. 

    Presentation Slides and recording:

     

    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 second 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, through the sharing of AICBR's work with Kluane First Nation on the Nourishing Our Future project. 

    Presentation slides and recording:

     

       
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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 slide and recording:

       
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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. 

      • [pdf] Meeting Minutes - Networking Gathering
       

      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. 

      • [pdf] Meeting Minutes - Open Space
      • [pdf] Summary - Key Action Items
       

      MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS:

      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