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Finding Ways to Walk Together Indigenous school communities and a farm to school approach
Farm to School initiatives are being adopted with great enthusiasm across Canada because of their potential to improve student nutrition and food literacy while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems, climate change mitigation and Indigenous food systems.
Since our inception, Farm to Cafeteria Canada has committed to recognizing and supporting Indigenous food systems and Indigenous self-determination in our funded projects and food literacy activities.  

To date, through the Farm to School: Canada Digs In! initiative, we have given grants to 120 schools in Canada, of which 17 schools across the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario have self-identified as Indigenous or with having strong connections to Indigenous communities. 

We are proud of what we have accomplished so far; however, we know that much more must be done so that we can better honour Indigenous peoples, histories and lands on which we all live today. 

As a first step, between February 8 and March 6, 2021 Farm to Cafeteria Canada and its principal partners will be hosting a series of virtual sharing circles. In these circles, we will invite participants to share stories of learning, prosperity challenges and resiliency within their community’s school food initiatives. 

These gatherings have two objectives:

  1. To host a space for participants to share their stories of learning, prosperity, challenges and resiliency within their community’s food to school, or other local food to community initiatives.

  2. To co-create a roadmap to help guide F2CC’s commitment to supporting Indigenous school communities through concrete and enduring actions. Examples of actions we seek your guidance on include:  1) improve grant accessibility for Indigenous communities; 2) expand resources and support systems to honor Indigenous food systems, knowledge and values and; 3) foster deeper connections amongst school communities.

When are the sessions?

All sessions will be hosted in English. French translation will be available if needed. 

British Columbia
 Tuesday February 9,
9am – 1pm PST

Cross-regional
Thursday February 25,
9am – 1 pm PST // 10am – 2pm EST // 1 pm – 5pm AST // 1:30pm – 5:30pm NST

Indigenous youth
(12-20 years old) 
Saturday March 6,
10am – 1pm PST

Please note we encourage community members of all ages to attend to enable multi-generational learning. Indigenous youth (12-20) are encouraged and invited to attend either a regional session, the youth session, or both. 

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Poster – Youth Session

Who should attend?

These gatherings are designed for members of Indigenous communities, or individuals who work with an organization in direct support to Indigenous communities, who: 

  • Are engaged in a local school meal or food literacy initiative 
  • Are knowledgeable about traditional food practicies
  • Have an interest in learning more about farm and local food to school initiatives 
  • Would like to share their dreams for connecting children, youth and other community members to their food; whether it comes from community gardens, freshwater or ocean shores, forests, or farmers’ fields

Honouraria

Honoraria will be available to all Indigenous attendees to honour their contributions.  Registrants will be able to self-identify for honorarium eligibility in the registration form. Spaces per session are limited, so please register early!

What if I’m new to farm to school?

No experience necessary! 

For those who are new to farm to school and wish to learn more, you can view this 30 minute Introduction to farm to school video. 

Meet our facilitators

We are committed to providing a respectful space for dialogue facilitated by Alderhill Planning Inc.  Alderhill is an Indigenous-owned and operated planning company with decades of experience working with Indigenous communities across Canada. We are honoured to be working alongside Alderhill Partner, Jessie Hemphill from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxd’axw Nations and her team. 

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For additional information,
please contact Claudia Páez,
Regional Lead for BC
f2ccanimator.paez@farmtoschoolbc.ca