By Andrew Spring and Kelly Skinner
Following the 2018 call for a CIHR Team Grant addressing Food Security and Climate Change in the North, our FLEdGE NWT Node team came together with other northern food researchers and community partners to develop a Letter of Intent (LOI) in October 2018. Led by Kelly Skinner (UWaterloo), Sonia Wesche (UOttawa) and Andrew Spring (Laurier and FLEdGE NWT Node Leader), the LOI brought together multiple partners in the NWT, including those involved in FLEdGE-supported projects to further community-led initiatives to address issues of food security and climate change adaptation. On February 19th, 2019, we heard that the LOI was successful, and a $15,000 development grant was secured to put together the full application by April 4th, 2019.
Supported by our successful development grant and leveraged funds, our team met from March 24th-26th, 2019 in Waterloo, Ontario for a research planning workshop. Thirty-four people attended the workshop including community members, government decision-makers from the NWT, and academics and students from five universities. The goal of the workshop was to:
- Share existing knowledge and identify core areas of research focus based on community partner priorities
- Discuss the potential to leverage current and future research projects
- Understand the existing governance context and key related initiatives from the Government of the NWT (GNWT)
- Work together to conceptualize and develop the approaches and activities outlined in this full proposal
This event was also a gathering of FLEdGE-funded graduate students from different institutions. Students from Laurier, Carlton, Waterloo and Ottawa Universities were able to participate and share their past, current and proposed research with the group.
For more information about the on-going work in Northwest Territories visit https://wlu.ca/academics/research/gnwt-report/index.html