The 18th annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering was held July 15 – 17, 2016 in Syilx Territory at the En’owkin Centre near Penticton, BC
Each year since 1999 the Network has gathered somewhere in BC to share knowledge, experience, and wisdom from the grassroots. This annual Gathering is a celebration of our food systems and a coming-together of traditional and indigenous food skills with research and new developments on the ground. It is an empowering and fun way to meet some of the amazing people around BC working in the front lines of food security and food sovereignty.
The theme of the Gathering in 2016 was Reconciling Cultures and Re-connecting Foodscapes . The Gathering was an opportunity for various cultures to come together with the Syilx and other Indigenous people to explore together what it means to truly reconcile with the first peoples of the land and water. We also explored what it means to reconnect with and honour the foodscape: the lands and waters that are so vital to our food systems and community well-being.
The Final Gathering Program can be downloaded here.
We could not, of course, put on this Gathering without lots of support and for which we are very grateful. Our co-hosts contributed significantly to the Gathering: En’owkin Centre, UBC Institute for Community Engaged Research, and the Penticton Indian Band.
And we are extremely grateful to our sponsors who helped us create this year’s Gathering:
- Penticton Indian Band
- UBC’s Institute for Community Engaged Research
- Interior Health
- Provincial Health Services Authority
- Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia
- Vancity enviroFund
- Vancouver Foundation
- Discovery Organics
- Natures Path
- Okanagan Nation Alliance
- Oso Negro Coffee
- Urban Harvest
- Kootenay Country Store Co-operative
- Penticton Save-On-Foods
- Westhills Aggregates
- Brewster Kneen and family