GENERAL NEWSLETTER 4 April 2012
Resetting the Table: Stirring the Pot
It's been a year since we launched Resetting the Table, and it's time to kick it back into high gear! We want to hear from you, and together develop a strategy for continuing to build momentum across Canada for a healthy, just, sustainable food system and policies.
Please join us for a special anniversary teleconference meeting April 18th from 2:00-3:30pm EST to share what you've been doing with the People's Food Policy, meet FSC's new Executive Director Diana Bronson, brainstorm about a possible week-long meet your MP campaign and contribute your ideas and energy!
Sign up for the meeting to receive more information.
Are you unable to attend but want to share your thoughts? Please post them here.
* NEW * Sharing Our Stories - From the North
FSC is pleased to announce the launch of a new teleconference series – Sharing our Stories.
The series will present stories about the inspiring work that people are doing across Canada to build the food system we want – one that is healthy, just and sustainable.
Join Kelly Goudie and Jill Airheart from Labrador's Food Security Working Group for
The Power of Community Led Food Assessments
April 20 from 1:00-2:00pm EST
Mission to Canada - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
From May 6th to 16th, Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will be conducting a formal country mission to Canada. He and his team will be looking at issues including: economic accessibility and poverty; Aboriginal peoples and the right to food; organization of food chains; governance, policies and programs; and international development, trade and investment.
A coordinating committee, including FSC, is assisting in convening a series of meetings with civil society across the country.
For more information about the right to food and the mission to Canada, including how to send submission to the Special Rapporteur, click here.
Celebrating our Leaders
Congratulations to Joyce Rock, recipient of the 3M Health Leadership Award! Joyce, a steering committee member of Food Secure Canada, was the first person to receive this new award for leaders who inspire change in communities across Canada. As the former Executive Director of the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House in Vancouver and co-founder of the Kitchen Tables Project, Joyce’s work reformed the quality, nutritional impact, abundance and delivery of food across the down-town east side in consultation with residents, community food providers, community organizations, healthcare workers, policy makers, growers/suppliers and others.
Nominate another food leader for this award by June 22!
Congratulations to Cathleen Kneen, former chair and current Steering Committee member of Food Secure Canada, recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Organic Council of Ontario.
Cathleen’s contribution to organics started many decades ago as a farmer on the east coast with her husband, Brewster. Cathleen’s mentorship of community food activists across the country has created a community of people dedicated to including farmers and food producers in the food security conversation.
She has championed organic production as an integral part of both emergency food and long term sustainability.
Check out this article, Preserving Biodiversity: Our global food supply depends on it, in Alive Magazine on the importance of biodiversity to our food system, featuring the People's Food Policy and the work of FSC members.
Seed Savers! Help Develop a Better Future for Our Seeds
USC Canada is surveying farmers and gardeners to understand the challenges, opportunities and needs of individuals and organizations working to build a resilient and sustainable Canadian seed system.
Canadian gardeners - the first survey is for you! Do the survey and turn 30 minutes of your time into generations of good food in Canada.
Funding Opportunities - Heifer opens its doors for business again
Heifer International Canada has recently announced two funding opportunities:
1. First Nations Agricultural Interventions Research in Canada - Request for Proposals ($10-$20,000)
2. Call for Applications in Ontario ($5000) for projects that assist people in need to engage in food-oriented income generating activities as a sustainable pathway out of poverty.
For more information visit www.heifercanada.org
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