In keeping with the vibrancy of our Network and the many dynamic projects and individuals working on food systems in our province, we received a great selection of submissions for sessions and workshops at the Gathering. The Final Schedule can be viewed here. Here are some highlights:
- a youth panel on Cultures and Connections that will explore connections with diverse youth and their personal and cultural relationships with food, particularly bridging Indigenous and immigrant-settler perspectives;
- a panel discussion with a community partner, farmer and program manager to discuss working together on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program to improve food access, food literacy and build community;
workshops that offer practical tools on what is means to decolonize our thinking, world view and every-day practice;
- a discussion on migrant farm labour in British Columbia;
- a presentation on working collaboratively with local government and providing a health and food security lens for policy development;
- a presentation that will explore the major issues threatening the Dane-zaa/Cree food system and the need to preserve and protect key bio-cultural heritage areas to ensure the well-being of northern Indigenous communities;
- a workshop to explore collective action through partnerships between communities and their local colleges and universities.
We are also planning some wonderful plenaries, featuring Syilx Elders, long-time Network members, and leaders in thinking about water and land for our collective healthy future.