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Indigenous Pathfinder—new personalized service for Indigenous agricultural businesses and communities


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) offers many programs and services for Canadians who participate in the agriculture and food sector, including some that are offered under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the sector.

Many of these programs are available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis through AAFC’s new Indigenous Pathfinder service. By contacting this service, AAFC staff will navigate individuals through the many support programs and services government has to offer.

AAFC’s goal is to partner with Indigenous communities, bring their business ideas forward and form lasting partnerships within the agriculture and food sector. The Indigenous Pathfinder service is already collaborating with national Indigenous organizations, individual First Nations farmers, and rural Indigenous communities that want to become more engaged in agriculture and food. The service is also looking to foster partnerships with other government departments, provincial and territorial governments and private industry.

You can find more information about the Indigenous Pathfinder service online or contact us directly at 1-866-367-8506 or

Inspiring “Reconciliaction” through Dialogue

“Genocide is complicated.” So begins Black Duck Wild Rice: The Resurgence of Indigenous Food Sovereignty within the Kawartha Lakes Region. This hard-hitting video lays out the challenges and possibilities of a manoomin revival as described by Black Duck Wild Rice founder James Whetung.
People in two canoes collecting wild rice on a lake.
Members of Curve Lake First Nation collecting manoomin (wild rice) on Pigeon Lake.
Black Duck Wild Rice, located in Curve Lake First Nation is a social enterprise involved with seeding, harvesting, processing and educating about manoomin or wild rice—a traditional food of the Nishnaabe people. Black Duck Wild Rice is enacting their Indigenous rights and is working to restore Indigenous food sovereignty for their community and within their traditional territory. These steps are taken as an antidote to the impacts of settler colonialism that the Mississauga Anishinaabeg have and continue to face daily in cottage country across the Kawartha Lakes Region, the Trent Severn waterway, and particularly in contested spaces such as Pigeon Lake. The resurgence of manoomin is an important step in the process of the reconciliation—and reconciliaction!
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Save the Date! Levers for Food Systems Change: A Panel Discussion on Urban Food Security, Food Justice, and International Agreements

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Room 142


Over the last three years various international agreements have highlighted the need for greater coordination along the food chain and increased food justice in creating urban food security. These international agreements have set the stage for new urban food policy to emerge. At this panel discussion, food system experts from Wilfrid Laurier University, Carleton University, and the City of Toronto will explore how we can use the New Urban Agenda and other international agreements (SDGs and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact) as levers for changing the food system.

 A light breakfast will be served. Registration is free but required. Continue reading “Save the Date! Levers for Food Systems Change: A Panel Discussion on Urban Food Security, Food Justice, and International Agreements”

Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship

Su Morin was a fearless fighter for food justice. No battle was too small, and every pollinator plant and every heirloom vegetable counted on the journey to better food and better communities. Her boundless knowledge and generous sharing of seeds and seedlings leave a legacy in many gardens throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. This legacy is extended through the many students who had Su as a mentor and who absorbed her contagious love for seeds and nature. Her past work with the Canadian Organic Growers and Seeds of Diversity made her known in food justice circles across Canada. More recently, Su worked with the Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia where she further influenced colleagues and students with her passion for community gardens, seed saving, and community food security.

In the spirit of Su, a travel and research scholarship in the amount of $500 is being offered to fourth year undergraduate and graduate students for research and/or travel expenses. To apply for this award, please submit a 250-word essay describing how you will use the funding and how this contributes to food justice. Please send your submission to Irena Knezevic at: including ‘Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship’ in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2018 with a decision by mid-January 2019.​


Tickets for the Annual Conference of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association Now Available!

Willow Springs Creative Centre is thrilled to be hosting the upcoming Annual Conference of the Canadian Horticultural Therapy Association entitled

‘Connecting with the Land: Wellness through the Boreal Forest’

Please help us spread the word about this gathering of people who recognize the importance of people reconnecting with nature, using gardening and the land to help facilitate healing and wellbeing in everyone. Please consider attending the conference or supporting one of your staff members to attend!

Please post and share this brochure widely, with your colleagues and contacts.

CHTA Conference Brochure

If you have any questions or require additional information please do not hesitate to contact Judi Vinni, Coordinator, Willow Springs Creative Centre.

The Tenth Annual Fall Harvest in Yellowknife This Week!

Aug. 22, 2018 
For Immediate Release

Yellowknife – Growing food in the Northwest Territories involves a lot of time and energy to overcome some significant challenges, but communities all over the region are proving that it can be done. It’s a feat that will be celebrated at the tenth annual Harvest Fall Fair this week in Yellowknife.

Hosted by Ecology North, Yellowknives Dene First Nation Dechita Naowo program and the Yellowknife Community Garden Collective, the Fall Fair brings communities together to celebrate food growing. This year, Wilfrid Laurier University is sponsoring a free community bison burger feast at the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Wiiliideh Site on Aug. 25. The contribution is a celebration of Laurier’s newly opened Yellowknife research office, a natural continuation of FLEdGE and Laurier’s strong commitment to research in the Northwest Territories. Continue reading “The Tenth Annual Fall Harvest in Yellowknife This Week!”