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12
Apr

The Three Sisters: history, culture and ways of growing

In this webinar, Elder Lix Lopez, member of the Maya in Exile Garden, will  highlight the importance of the Three Sisters – corn,  beans and squash – for  Mayan diet and culture. Through storytelling, he will describe the origin of this popular plant sisterhood, its relevance for the Mayan people and culture, and other Indigenous...
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10
Dec

Cultivating Change: Antiracist principles in school food & Indigenous-led school food programs

From November 12-18th, Food Secure Canada’s online gathering, Cultivating Change, presented a rich program of events that looked at the intersections between food systems, anti-racism, decolonization and environmental justice movements.  As part of the event the Coalition for Healthy School Food hosted two important conversations: one on showcasing Indigenous-led school food programs, and one on...
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16
Nov

Achieving A Racially Just Food System

The U.S. National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has issued a call to action: by 2025, 100% of communities will hold power in a racially just food system. We can all learn from some of the ways NFSN has shared they are working toward this — by looking at how they’re advocating for values-based policies,...
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06
Jul

Agnes L Mathers’ Greenhouse Grows!

Agnes L Mathers Elementary School, Sandspit, BC 2018-2019 (Grant Year 2)       Agnes L Mathers Elementary School is in Sandspit British Columbia on Moresby Island, and is part of the archipelago called Haida Gwaii situated off the west coast of British Columbia. Our small student population enables students and teachers to spend lots of...
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News Story
03
Jul

A Dozen Local Food Heroes on What a Pandemic Teaches

Photo: British Columbians have responded with enthusiasm for local food during the public health crisis. Can we build on what we’ve learned, and make it stick? Photo: Jamil Rhajiak, UBC Farm. We asked: What has COVID-19 shown you about making our food system better? If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught all of us,...
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Loughborough Public School: Climate Action and Reconciliation through Food Literacy
22
Jun

Loughborough Public School: Climate Action and Reconciliation through Food Literacy

Photos: At Loughborough Public School near Kingston, Ontario – a Legacy School identified by the Downie Wenjak Foundation for their work towards Truth and Reconciliation – students are learning how to grow and prepare their own food, while connecting with the land and their community. Through experiential learning, students are immersed in projects that bring...
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Brooklyn Elementary School, Comox, BC
15
Jul

Passionate Champions Lead to Resounding Salad Bar Success!

(photo: Notice our youngest are using china dishes and washable forks!) “Best thing the school has ever done” – Liam gr. 7 Brooklyn Elementary School, Comox, BC 2018-2019 (Grant Year 1) It was a brand-new Kindergarten parent at Brooklyn Elementary who proposed and led the Salad Bar idea. Maurita Prato, who also works for LUSH Valley,...
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First Nations Traditional Foods Fact Sheets
14
Mar

First Nations Traditional Foods Fact Sheets

The First Nations Health Authority has published a informative set of facts sheets on traditional food and it’s nutrition value, traditional harvesting methods, and history of use. Topics include: Fish Salmon Eulachon Herring Seafood in general Bivalves Moose Deer Small Mammals Birds Seaweed Roots Berries Plants along with a Recipes section! READ FACT SHEETS
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Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program launched at local schools
12
Feb

Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program Launched at Local Schools

Photo: Iverson Beaver (right), 8, a student at Algonquin Avenue Public School, helps make a smootie surprise using squash as the secret ingredient, part of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program launched on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com) Nearly 16,000 elementary students at 87 Northwestern Ontario schools expected to take part in the program,...
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She’s Planting the Seeds of Indigenous Food Sovereignty
10
Dec

She’s Planting the Seeds of Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Photo: Baby Magnus gets a taste of siák̓vṇaɫ courtesy of his grandfather Larry and his mother Jessie Housty. Photo by Ian Gill. How Jessie Housty feeds the growth of her Heiltsuk culture and community. “I want to stress that we have no idea what we are doing.” So says ’Cúagilákv Jessie Housty, a self-described “community...
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