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NAN Food Symposium Addresses Northern Food Challenges

August 28, 2012

Thunder Bay, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is pleased to welcome over 80 food actionists from across NAN territory to the 3rd Annual Nishnawbe Aski Nation Food Symposium. The event takes place August 28-30, 2012 at the Best Western Nor’wester Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay.

The NAN Food Symposium’s aim is to connect individuals from across NAN in order to collectively address food system challenges and build a food sovereign community. Participation offers individuals, businesses, and organizations opportunities to engage one another, share knowledge, and explore community-based solutions. The symposium will include presentations of community-based initiatives, tours of local farms and social enterprises, and workshops. NAN will also be presenting the inaugural Food Champion Awards in a ceremony on Thursday at lunch.

“Building food sovereignty is an important element of protecting our way of life and addressing many of the health and economic issues affecting our communities,” said NAN Grand Chief Harvey Yesno. “The foundation of our food system will always be our traditional foods, harvested from our forests and fresh waters as well as the food knowledge and skills associated with harvesting, preparing, and storing these foods. Building new structures to import healthy foods into our communities are an important way to supplement our traditional lifestyles.”

NAN’s Get Growing Project and Food Symposium have also been selected to be highlighted in a film series entitled Ontario’s Good Food Ideas: Transforming the Food system. Filming will be conducted throughout the Food Symposium.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is a political territorial organization representing 49 First Nation communities in James Bay Treaty No. 9 and Ontario portions of Treaty No. 5 – an area covering two thirds of the province of Ontario in Canada.

For more information please contact Christina Filazzola, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807)625-4928or cell (807) 251-6386 or by email [email protected]