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Join us for A Conversation with the United Nations about the Right to Food On March 4th and 5th at 12 pm EST
Last year, Food Secure Canada worked with many of you on the mission to Canada of Dr Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. His preliminary observations were shared with the Government of Canada, but they were quickly dismissed as “ill-informed” and “patronizing.” Our federal government’s response provoked a letter by Food Secure Canada, Amnesty International and others, in which we underlined the critical significance of the United Nations human rights protection system and our concern about the Government’s reaction.
This year, on March 4, Olivier de Schutter will present his final report on Canada directly to the United Nations Council on Human Rights in Geneva. This is a matter of utmost importance to Canadians concerned with poverty, discrimination, health, obesity, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and the rights of Aboriginal, Northern and remote communities to healthy and affordable food.
And we are inviting you to collaborate with Food Secure Canada once again. You can do so by
- organizing a community event on March 4th or 5th with a live link to Geneva;
- sharing information via social media;
- supporting this effort financially.
Dr. De Schutter’s preliminary observations echoed many of the concerns that preoccupy the Canadian food movement. He spoke eloquently of the international legal obligations to ensure all Canadians enjoy the right to food and to which we are bound. Specifically, he highlighted:
- that we have no national food policy and we need to develop one;
- that 1.9 million Canadians live in severe or moderate food insecurity;
- that 62% of Canadians are overweight or obese, costing billions in health care and lost productivity;
- that 17.8 % of First Nations adults report hunger and insufficient purchasing power for food;
- the dominance of large scale unsustainable input-intensive agricultural policies;
- shortcomings in our social protection system;
- concerns regarding food security and indigenous peoples, particularly as they relate to Nutrition North Canada, access to traditional and country food, and access to land.
Food Secure Canada will be hosting two web conversations with the UN Special Rapporteur to discuss his findings. This is a remarkable opportunity for him to present his report directly to Canadian civil society organizations – such as yourselves. The two webinars with De Schutter – one in English and one in French – will take place on March 4 and March 5, respectively. Both sessions begin at noon (EST) and will last 90 minutes. This is a unique opportunity to participate in a key discussion, ask questions, make comments and begin to think collectively on what we should be doing to advance the right to food in Canada.
Organize a community event
There are a limited number of call-in lines (via interactive webinar provided by the University of Carleton), so we are asking people to gather in groups. Consider organizing an event – at your community centre, in your school, at your local food bank, on your farm.
Please fill out this form and describe what kind of event you would like to organize.
We will accept as many proposals as we can possibly accommodate, with priority given to those who meet a set of criteria.
Make this event a reality – Donate Today!
Please support this important event by making a donation to Food Secure Canada. Your support helps us ensure strong national coordination and covers logistics and communications costs. Every little bit counts. If you can financially support this work, please send your cheque to Food Secure Canada, 3720 avenue du Parc, suite 201, Montréal, QC H2X 4J1.
Food Secure Saskatchewan AGM
You are invited to Food Secure Saskatchewan’s
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
5pm – 8pm
Station 20 West
1120 - 20th Street West
(20th Street at Avenue L)
Parking in lot on west side of Avenue L
Second Floor Board Room
5pm Tour of Station 20 West
5:30 pm Supper
6:30 Presentation CHEP & REACH
7:00 pm Food Secure Saskatchewan Annual General Meeting
Please RSVP to Dana Folkersen
no later than February 15, 2013 (numbers are needed for supper)
Memberships will be for sale at the meeting – must have a membership to vote
Note: this meeting is prior to the 2nd Saskatchewan Food Summit that begins on February 27. See below for details.
Building Sustainable Food Systems, Towards Policy and Action
Feb. 27 & 28
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Sessions discussed barriers/challenges and examined solutions/opportunities in:
- Policy and the Food System Panel
- An analysis of policy effects on shaping a sustainable food system
- Designing a sustainable food system
- What are the key considerations in shaping a Food system for the 21st Century?
- Global perspectives and lessons learned in advancing Food Security around the world
- Building Food Secure Communities
- Distribution - Building a start-up distribution system for small producers
- Health and Food Safety - Addressing the regulatory barriers
- Aboriginal Peoples and Potential for Local Food production - Strategies and Initiatives
- Land Use Planning and Food Production - three models from Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia
Through the Canadian Child & Youth Nutrition Program Network (CCYNPN) organizations across Canada have come together to speak with one voice on the issues of child hunger and nutrition here in our country. We are truly a national network with representation in all provinces and territories. Our mandate is to raise awareness of the critical importance of child and youth nutrition programs as they relate to the issues of health, agriculture and the economy.
On this site you will find links to organizations working to improve the nutritional health of Canadian children. You will also find resources including research that demonstrates the impact of child and youth nutrition programs as well as policy documents. Join CCYNPN by at FeedTomorrow.ca
FSS has its own video channel! View the following films on the channel or check them out under "resources":
"Taking Back Control of Our Food"
with Wayne Roberts
"Working Toward Food Policy Change"
with Stefan Epp