Taking Back Our Food Chain
Building Capacity in Remote Communities
March 26-28, 2018
Lac Seul Events Centre
Frenchman’s Head, Lac Seul First Nation
Food accessibility is a common challenge in Northern Ontario and especially in the remote communities of the Far North. The focus of this three-day forum is about Building Capacity in Remote Communities. It will explore ways to increase access to healthy, affordable foods by discussing tools and supports that influence the community food system in northern communities. The forum will build on community engagement meetings held in 2015 and 2016 in Lac Seul First Nation by the First Nation – Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative and Regional Distribution Centre Project. The community engagement meetings identified the need to “take back the food chain” to achieve food security in Ontario’s Far North communities.
Individuals from more than 30 Far North communities along with groups and organizations – that support and work in the areas of food production, distribution and accessibility – have been invited to work on issues pertaining to community food sovereignty and security.
Agenda topics aim to cover:
- how to coordinate, consolidate, distribute and receive food;
- economic development opportunities around food in the communities;
- food safety and food literacy/skills;
- the development of local food initiatives to increase access to healthy food.
As lead agency for the project, the Northwestern Health Unit has partnered with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, Municipality of Sioux Lookout – in the framework of the Friendship Accord, Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Local Food and Farm Co-ops to plan and execute the forum. Also working with the partners are representatives from the Regional Distribution Centre Project, Lac Seul First Nation and Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Taking Back Our Food Chain Forum is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Ministry also funds the The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program Expansion Program as part of a provincial investment in Indigenous health through the First Nations Health Action Plan. The forum is an enhancement project that will expand on the benefits the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program will offer communities.
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