Posted on June 13, 2012 by Naomi Finseth

Canada’s food movement will gather in Edmonton from November 1 to 4 this year for its biennial feast of food and ideas. The theme – Powering Up: Food for the Future – reflects the need to place questions of energy, climate and long-term sustainability at the centre of how we think about, produce, and eat our food. It also reflects the growing strength of the food movement and its commitment to creative solutions to the problems of hunger, sustainable livelihoods in the food business, and the protection of our health and the environment.

Call for Workshops and Presenters
Deadline for proposals: July 8, 2012

Canada’s food movement will gather in Edmonton this year for its biennial feast of food and ideas. The theme – Powering Up: Food for the Future – reflects the need to place questions of energy, climate and long-term sustainability at the centre of how we think about, produce, and eat our food.  It also reflects the growing strength of the food movement and its commitment to creative solutions to the problems of hunger, sustainable livelihoods in the food business, and the protection of our health and the environment.

Food Secure Canada is a broad network of individuals and organizations including inner-city, rural and remote communities, community food projects, food businesses, government officials, teachers, dieticians, environmentalists, farmers, fishers, Indigenous leaders, students, gardeners, cooks, academics, health professionals, food bank workers and users, anti-poverty and human rights activists and a huge array of interested individuals.  Past assemblies have included sessions on beekeeping, the People’s Food Policy, research, gardening, food and economics, and the many debates within our movement.  Read past assembly reports to get a flavour of our assemblies.

Food Secure Canada coordinates four national networks centered around Northern food systems and remote communities; children and food; sustainable and local food systems; and provincial and territorial food work. They have an elected 23-person steering committee, a small staff in Montreal, and an active Indigenous Circle. We particularly welcome proposals for activities at our Assembly that will build on our collective projects and practices, successes and struggles, research projects and policy development on any of these topics.  Proposals that fall outside of these issue areas are also welcome.

This year we will be looking for workshops, training sessions, panellists, speakers and more to address the following themes (you can submit proposals on other themes as well):

  1. Food Justice – Is the local food movement elitist? How does the food movement include people facing daily social and economic discrimination?  How do gender, class and racial politics affect our analyses and actions? The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food highlighted food as a human rights issue when he came to Canada in the spring.  How can we build a diverse and inclusive food movement that respects everyone’s rights?
  2. Energy and Power – Where do we, and where should we, derive our power from?  Both as a movement and within the food system? This is an opportunity to question technologies, innovate, refine and share our analyses as climate chaos challenges us to do things differently!
  3. Resilience – How are you building resilience in food systems?  What makes our organizations resilient over the long-term? How can we begin to scale up local initiatives so that we have a national impact? How do we make farming, coops and other innovative businesses economically viable?

Who should send a proposal?

Everyone is welcome to send a proposal! Since space will be allocated according to availability, we encourage you to join with others to share space and resources.  We also strongly encourage all presenters and organizing partners to be members of Food Secure Canada.  Food Secure Canada is the national voice of the food movement and we rely on our membership to strengthen our voice, ensure grassroots participation in our activities and help fund our core operating costs.

How to submit a proposal?

It’s simple!  Please submit your proposal on Food Secure Canada’s website:http://foodsecurecanada.org/webform/assembly-2012-proposal including:

  • Your name and contact information, and that of others you want to include in your session (please indicate whether or not these people have agreed to be included);
  • A title for your session;
  • The format of your session (panel, workshop, game, movie, roundtable, etc.);
  • A brief description of the session and how it fits with the themes above or the work of Food Secure Canada; and
  • the resources you can contribute to the session (speakers, interpretation, other) and what you require for your session (room with movable chairs, projector and screen, etc.).

If you are unable to submit using the webform you may send a one page proposal to Amanda[a]foodsecurecanada[dot]org

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