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Job Posting—Research Associate, Indigenous Protected Areas

Position Summary:

The UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is looking to hire a RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS in support of their ongoing partnership with UNESCO Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve in Délı̨nę, NT.

For many years Délı̨nę has advocated for the careful stewardship of Great Bear Lake and its watershed. The Sahtú Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1993), the Great Bear Lake Watershed Management Plan (The Water Heart, 2005), the Sahtú Land Use Plan (2013), and the Délı̨nę Final Self-Government Agreement (2014) are some of the steps Délįnę has taken to regain its sovereignty over Great Bear Lake and its watershed. Stewardship of the lake and ensuring its watershed remain healthy and properly utilized are the core mandates of the Tsá Tué Biosphere Reserve. Researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University have worked alongside partners in Délı̨nę to help achieve the goals of the Biosphere Reserve and will continue to build on this relationship through the creation of this position.

The RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, INDIGENOUS PROTECTED AREAS will support the UNESCO Chair, helping to manage and deliver community-led research projects from grant development to post award oversight and reporting. The incumbent will work directly with key stakeholders in the community of Délı̨nę, including the Délı̨nę Gotįnę Government’s Lands Department, the Department of Language, Culture and Spirituality and the Tsá Tué Biosphere Stewardship Council, to support the community’s vision of protecting Great Bear Lake for all time. This will include:

  • Supporting the Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas initiatives in Délı̨nę;
  • Assisting in the development of a Guardians Program;
  • Helping to create a research and monitoring network of organizations and institutions to support the community’s vision of protecting Great Bear Lake;
  • Supporting the Tsá Tué Youth Council and ensuring youth are included in all aspects of programming.
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325

*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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10146-1

*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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042415

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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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Happy Holidays from FLEdGE

In a year like no other, we’d like to take a moment to thank your for your continued interest in and support of the FLEdGE research network. We are delighted to continue to share the excellent work of our Canadian and international research collaborations through our FLEdGE Newsletter, Twitter, and our Resources and Results webpage.

From all of us at FLEdGE, we wish you a very happy and restful holiday season and hope that the New Year brings you health, joy, and good, sustainable food.

Happy Holidays!

Supportive policy environments key to regional food system resilience—collaboration, innovation already happening in communities

By Dr. Irena Knezevic, Carleton University

The networking and knowledge-sharing aspect of FLEdGE is an essential part of how the FLEdGE team thinks about research and community engagement. In the past, we held big in-person meetings that were informative and convivial. That was not possible this year. Instead, we decided that a webinar series would be a great opportunity to share our research, but also a chance to engage a broader audience. The series centres on the FLEdGE Good Food Principles and is an opportunity for the many FLEdGE partners and collaborators to share their experiences and outcomes. Moderating the first in the Good Food Solutions by FLEdGE webinar series was both humbling and inspiring, and I was thrilled to help guide the discussion. The webinar, “Shaping Food Policies for Resilient Regions,” took place on October 30th and featured tremendous expertise from panelists Sandra Mark (Small-Scale Food Processors Association), Anna-Liisa Aunio (Dawson College), Anne Marie Aubert (C-SAM), and Johanna Wilkes (Balsillie School of International Affairs).

The Good Food Solutions by FLEdGE webinar series centres on the FLEdGE Good Food Principles and is an opportunity for the many FLEdGE partners and collaborators to share their experiences and outcomes.

Johanna Wilkes began the webinar by providing an overview of various municipal food policy initiatives across Canada and arguing that local work is “a site of reform” – food policies at a local level are more sensitive to context, easier to adopt and adapt, and can have more immediate impact than higher-level policy. Collectively, they add up to a veritable pathway to food systems transformation at regional, provincial, national, and international levels. Local scale allows policy, food businesses and organizations to be more nimble, innovative, and adaptable, which are traits that are becoming even more visible and more important this year with the COVID-19-related disruptions. Johanna called for sound regional and sectoral planning, integrated with the policy efforts required for true systems’ change. She also noted that food policy councils are a useful tool as they “are a nexus between global and local [and] can be collaborative, strategic, and engage with citizens in meaningful ways.” Moreover, food policy councils create channels for information sharing and serve as valuable examples that can inform action at various scales of governance.

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