Please feel free to leave constructive comments and suggestions regarding potential partnerships or programs and information that might be beneficial to the proposed projects. When leaving a comment below, please mention the title of the project along with the comment. These project descriptions will be available for viewing until February 10th, 2012, when we will begin the grant decision making meetings to choose which projects will be funded in each region.
Building a Community Food Future
Communities of Grand Rapids and Misipawistik Cree Nation
Our first step would be to hire a local facilitator who is underemployed to design and conduct surveys, possibly with help from a university student, as the facilitator saw necessary. That person would be explaining to people about a two-day event to be held in June, which would see a community group of interested individuals emerge in order to tackle food security issues. This person would process the information, again with help from a student as needed. This information would be made available in pamphlet form to the public at the June event.
At the two-day June event, there would be four workshops, open to the public, on the following topics:
a) Composting with fish to create gardening soils – hands on
b) Indigenous nutrition and the state of the territory – informational
c) Traditional gardening methods for a Northern climate – hands on
d) Canning for winter storage of fish and vegetables – hands on
Most importantly, a group of already identified community leaders representing the diverse elements of our communities and who are already active in food and health would come together at this time, extending an invitation to other interested community members. This group would be overseen by a governing Elder presence who would provide some direction and resolve any conflict. This group would have a meeting in which they discuss options and identify priorities for developing food security and sovereignty in the community and make a plan of action for the future.
Northern Hardy Community Pride Garden
NorMan Regional Development
Nurture a community pride garden which showcases a senior & youth collaboration proving adaptability of early maturing produce to the ongoing benefit of harsh climates which will ensure northern residents have access to fresh delectable quality produce.
· Identify and prove a broad cross section of northern produce seed/plant varieties which have been recently developed and successfully grown to maturity in a shorter length of time. This is necessary to achieve a successful crop in the north each and every year.
· Prove and identify these varieties as “northern hardy”
· Change the belief from we “rarely” to we “ can always” succeed in growing successfully
· Educate the youth and raise public awareness to the success of growing newly adapted varieties.
· Create mentorships between seniors and youth
· Develop youth leaders
· Grow community pride by locating this project as a public showcase community garden in the heart of downtown.
Raised Beds for the community of Matheson Island
Community Council of Matheson Island
Several community members have been requesting practical solutions to aid in the creation of gardens in their yards. To improve food security, the community hopes to build fifteen raised beds in fourteen different households and one at the Matheson Island School. Each household will attend the basic gardening 101 workshop organized by Northern Association of Community Council in the spring of 2012. Each family will be in charge of building, planting and maintaining a raised bed in their yard. The raised bed implemented at the school by the students will be supervised by their parents and school teachers. During the growing season the participants will document their gardening experiences by taking pictures and writing their impressions in personal journals that will be shared at the end of the harvest season with other community members and students.
Traditional, Healthy Food for Elders
Duckbay Community Council
This project is to help the elderly people eat traditional food, which is prepared in a healthier way (for example instead of using white flour, using whole wheat flour). For the elders of our community to continue eating traditional food, but healthier, traditional food. This project would provide 20 healthy meals to 10 elders in the community.
2nd Annual Turtle Lodge Food Justice Community Roundtable
The intent of the Food Justice Roundtable is to ask community Elders, nutritionists, community members, food justice organizations, individuals with expertise and passion for food justice, health staff (nurses and a local physician), Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations staff, First Nations & Inuit Health Branch staff and North Eastman Health Association staff how to move toward food sovereignty.
- This process will occur following cultural protocols and led by a community Elder facilitator (Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Innini).
- The community thus takes responsibility to ensure food justice for everybody.
- Community engagement in food sovereignty and health requires direct leadership and input by community members.
- Community Elders, membership and health and nutritionist staff will be consulted on areas of food sovereignty, food justice and health prioritization, program planning, resource utilization, implementation, a community database, education, food and health curriculum, and preventive community wellness strategies around food.
- A main goal is that the Food Justice Roundtable will lead to direct action in supporting concrete initiatives that reflect food justice. This is key. It is expected that participants will come to consensus to support at minimum one or two initiatives that will arise out of the discussions at the Food Justice Roundtable.
- Traditional Indigenous ceremony will form an integral part of this year’s Roundtable, as requested by participants at last year’s Roundtable. David Northcott, Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest specifically proposed that the group engage in joint planning for a Celebration of the Spirit within Food for all Manitobans, as a means to encourage wider giving and the elimination of poverty beyond simply creating food security initiatives.
- The Food Justice Roundtable will partner with a local health clinic and physician (Dr. Sabina Ijaz) who has experience in local participatory research, who has agreed to share local community health information, that directly relates to the need for enhanced food justice and food sovereignty in the community. She has also agreed to lend in-kind support to the process of participatory research and maintaining the integrity of local autonomy and the following of OCAP principles (see below).
- The Food Justice Roundtable will also partner with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) which has committed to offering in-kind technical support from social, health, traditional foods and environmental areas of expertise, as well as technical facilitation of the Roundtable, e.g. sound system and recording.
- The Roundtable will take a participatory research approach, with the program being designed by the community and outcomes being shared directly with the community for the benefit of the community according to OCAP principles. See below.
- Outcomes, recommendations, successes and challenges of the Food Justice Roundtable will be summarized in a Final Report that will be shared with the sponsors.
- The Elders will decide if and how the outcomes might be otherwise shared (in adherence to OCAP).