Northern Food Network Webinar Series: Core Themes on Northern Food Security

The Northern Food Network (NFN), which was a network developed through Food Secure Canada in 2010 and ran for 5 years, is being revived with AICBR and we invite you to be apart of it.  We are proposing to host bi-monthly webinars (with teleconference options available) focused around some core themes of Northern food security. Given the current federal opportunities, these webinars will have a policy relevance and speakers from diverse areas of health, environment, agriculture, and food security will be invited to present. We are committed to making these webinars relevant, discussion-focused and action-oriented while maintaining flexibility, so themes may evolve as different priorities arise.

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NFN WEBINAR #5: March 12th, 1 pm EST

The Northern Food Network is continuing with its Webinar Series highlighting innovative projects, organizations and initiatives working to address food security and build stronger sustaianble food systems in the North. 

Our next webinar is on Monday March 12th at 1pm EST, exploring what sustainable food means in a Northern context.

Register for the webinar here


If you have an idea for a future webinar or wish to present on your project, please let us know! Contact: (cc:




NFN WEBINAR #4: November 20th, 1 pm EST

Speakers: Mary Jane Johnson from Kluane First Nation, Yukon in a conversation about food security and policy around traditional foods. Mary Jane will share her insights from attending the Northern Food Policy Hackathon being hosted by the Gordon Foundation October 25-26th.


NFN WEBINAR #3: Monday June 19th 10-11:30 with guests from the Northern Farm Training Institute and Inuvik Community Greenhouse and an update on National Food Policy. 

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. 


NFN WEBINAR #2: Tuesday April 25th 10-11:30 with guests from Food First Newfoundland and Labrador and Food Matters Manitoba

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 and sharing a story from Kluane First Nation's Nourishing Our Future project. 



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. 

Webinar date: 
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 10:00am
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