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Food Secure Canada’s 7th national Assembly took place in Edmonton, Alberta from Nov 1 – 4th. More than 300 people gathered at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to explore the theme, “Powering Up! Food for the Future”. A reflection of the growing maturity of the national movement, the theme wove through workshops and plenaries as we strove to address the questions of energy, climate and long-term sustainability of our communities and food systems. Participants in the Assembly tackled the problems of hunger, sustainable livelihoods and environmental integrity and exchanged stories of successes, defeats, promising practices, and stark reminders of the work yet to be done. The images of the barren moonscape historically known as the Lakes region in northern Yukon will not soon be forgotten by Assembly participants. Equally powerful were the hundreds of animated conversations as friends and colleagues reunited or met for the first time, sharing their knowledge, enthusiasm and support.
The Assembly brought together more than 350 people, representing dozens of organizations working on issues from Indigenous land rights and sustainable agriculture to food banks and policy change. About one third of the Assembly was devoted to furthering the People’s Food Policy Project; other sessions covered a range of topics, including the parallels between government management of farming and fishing industries; youth food justice initiatives; food banks going beyond charity models; and the interconnectedness of Indigenous, feminist, housing and international peasant movements.
Ottawa, November 2008
Click here for the program with a list of presentations and workshops. Please also look at the list of sponsors, whose generous support made the conference possible.This conference attracted more than 300 participants who attended five plenaries and 25 workshops. At the final plenary, proposals for action were considered, working groups established, and the People's Food Policy was adopted as a key action for the next two years.
A summary report on the Assembly was prepared by the Chair.
Vancover, October 2006
FSC's 4th Assembly was held jointly with the Community Food Security Coalition (USA) at the point when Food Secure Canada was officially founded as a Canadian non-profit organization. It attracted about 900 people, more than half of them from Canada. Click here for the Vancouver Declaration which was agreed by Food Secure Canada at its first AGM at the end of the Assembly.
Waterloo, September-October 2005
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Winnipeg, October 2004
The 2nd national assembly took place on October 16, 2004, World Food Day, and committed to the formation of an organization founded on three interlocking principles:
* Zero Hunger;
* Sustainable food systems;
* Healthy and safe food
Toronto, June 2001
The first gathering of what was to become Food Secure Canada was held at Ryerson University, Toronto, in June, 2001, to respond to the Federal Government's call for a civil society assessment of its Action Plan for Food Security.
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