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FLEdGE: Works Cited

March 2021

Select Publications from Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Academic Journal Articles

*Free-to-access journal articles

*Blay-Palmer, A., Santini, G., Halliday, J., Malec, R., Carey, J., Keller, L., Ni, J., Taguchi, M., & van Veenhuizen, R. (2021). City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks. Sustainability, 13(3), 1325.

*Clark, J.K., Lowitt, K., Levkoe, C.Z., & Andrée, P. (2020). The Power to Convene: Making Sense of the Power of Food Movement Organizations in Governance Processes in the Global North. Agriculture Food and Human Values, 1-17.

*Johnston, C., & Spring, A. (2021). Grassroots and Global Governance: Can Global–Local Linkages Foster Food System Resilience for Small Northern Canadian Communities? Sustainability, 13(4), 2415.

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Handpicked Podcast Launches Second Season to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, Handpicked: Stories from the Field launched its second season with an episode focused on women’s experiences with urban agriculture in Quito, Ecuador. The episode, titled “I Can Seed Something Here, I Have Land”: Intersectionality, Urban Agriculture, and Community Benefit in Quito, Ecuador” features series co-producer, Laine Young in conversation with Alexandra Rodriguez from Agricultura Urbana Participativa, AGRUPAR about urban agriculture projects that are address food insecurity and improving people’s lives by creating more a sustainable food system in Quito, Ecuador.

Using an intersectional lens, Laine and Alexandra look at the positive community-wide impacts of women’s involvement in participatory urban agriculture projects and consider how women’s lived experience is impacted by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other factors. Alexandra shares her experience working on the project as well as examples of how AGRUPAR is finding local solutions to the unique challenges facing Quito’s food system. “For me, urban agriculture has been an opportunity to empower women and young people,” says Alexandra. “It’s a way to recover knowledge and respect this knowledge. It has been an opportunity for women to be free, to find a better way of life.”

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: Developing the Local Economies of Food in Kakisa, NWT

Drawn logo: Two evergreen trees are parallel with a sun, potato, and water droplet containing a fish between them. The brown trunks extend down and become two hands touching below the water droplet. To the left of the trees is a green bush with red berries. To the right of the trees is a caribou. Above the logo is the text: Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation. Below the logo is the text: Wilfrid Laurier University.

Position Details

Location: The successful candidate will work remotely with opportunity to travel to NWT during the summer/fall (dependent on public health guidelines and pending approval)
Application Deadline: March 11, 2021
Contract Type: Full time
Contract Length: One year, with opportunity for extension
Start Date: Flexible, but no later than July 1, 2021
Salary Information: Negotiable, starting at $40,000 CAD

Description of Position: 

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to support its food systems research in the Northwest Territories.  This position is a one-year contract and is subject to approval of a Mitacs Accelerate grant.

The successful candidate will work with the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation in the small community of Kakisa, Northwest Territories. Residents of Kakisa rely predominantly on the traditional food system, harvesting, fishing and gathering of traditional foods from the lands and waters of the surrounding lakes and rivers of the boreal forest. The community has a long-standing relationship with Dr. Andrew Spring and his team of researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University. Together they respond to community-identified questions and concerns about changes to the land due to climate change and its impact on the food system, food security, and overall community health. Kakisa is currently prioritizing growing food and small-scale agriculture as key areas of research and action.

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Opening Up Food Data: How Open Data Standards can support the growth of thriving local food systems

WEBINAR March 9th, 11am-12:30pm EST

Presented by Open Food Network Canada and the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, this webinar will feature open source technologists and sustainable food systems researchers discussing the role that data consortiums and open data standards can play in driving the transition to more equitable, sustainable, and efficient local food systems. 

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