Tag Archives: Food Security

Powell River conducts a community well being survey

The City of Powell River, qathet Regional District and Tla’amin Nation, along with Lift Community Services and First Credit Union, have begun work on Phase I of the Regional Poverty Reduction Strategy. This includes a community well being survey, which will be conducted between March 15 and April 15, 2021. 

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Addressing food security in the Comox Valley

By Cloe Logan, National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A Vancouver Island community has seen a dramatic shift in how it approaches food insecurity — and hopes the change is here to stay.

Maurita Prado, executive director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society and co-ordinator of the Comox Valley Food Policy Council, lives and works in the Comox Valley

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5.1 million Canadians experience food insecurity

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About 5.1 million Canadians are food insecure, and many of them are struggling with mental health issues. And the pandemic has made the situation worse, according to a report released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.

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First Nations reawaken ancestral agricultural practises

By Marc Fawcett-Atkinson, Canada’s National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

As a kid, Delbert Good remembers that he would come home from a day of picking potatoes to find a meal made from the fruits of his family’s garden.

“While I was growing up, we were pretty self-sufficient,” said Good, economic development officer for the Gitanyow Band and a lifelong resident of Gitanyow, a community northeast of Terrace, in northern B.C.

“We had garden plots everywhere. Our family stuck to growing potatoes — we had about 100 rows of potatoes every year — but everybody shared in the community and everybody had their own strengths when it came to growing vegetables.”

Not anymore. In the past hundred years, a suite of colonial policies suppressed traditions that were essential to many Indigenous people’s access to food, including agricultural ones that were practised for generations. For Good, reawakening them could help pave a better-fed future for his community.

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