A just transition to a regenerative food system
Join Food Secure Canada from November 11 – 17, 2020 for a series of online conversations and workshops to explore the intersections between food systems, anti-racism, decolonization, and environmental justice movements.
Cultivating Change will showcase the work of Indigenous, Black and racialized food leaders, and build consciousness and capacity for anti-racist and decolonized approaches and allyship within the food movement.
As a food movement we need bold change from farm, to fork, to regenerate Indigenous foodlands, to ensure everyone has access to healthy, just and sustainable food. However, it is impossible to achieve this change without centering reconciliation, decolonization, and racial justice in the development of the policies and programs that shape our food systems. More details forthcoming, please save the date
Enhance Emergency Food Support in South Vancouver Petition
Low income seniors and other vulnerable groups living in Victoria-Fraserview, Killarney and Sunset struggle to find access to free or low-cost food in their neighbourhood. Since COVID-19 started, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank closed their distribution site in Victoria-Fraserview and relocated to Mount Pleasant and downtown Vancouver. These new sites are difficult for seniors, persons with disabilities, and families with young children to access. They have to take several buses to reach the new locations and with risks of contracting COVID-19, many are afraid.
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House stepped in to offer temporary emergency food distribution, which helped our community in the first months of the pandemic. Approximately 350 low-income individuals were accessing emergency food each week. However, SVNH discontinued the program on August 18th, because other neighbourhood house programs are starting again and its space is too small to continue with wide-scale emergency food distribution.
There is a big gap in access to emergency food for low income seniors and other vulnerable groups in South Vancouver. Local residents cannot safely get to other areas of Vancouver like Strathcona, Grandview Woodlands, Hastings Sunrise, and Mount Pleasant where most food supports are available, especially with fear of COVID-19. We need help closer to home. If access to emergency food is not available, then vulnerable people will be in a situation where they have to choose between purchasing food, prescription medicine or paying for housing. No one should have to make a choice like that.
80% of our South Vancouver residents are racialized and over 50% of households don’t speak English at home. The barriers to access are significant and transit options are limited. We need your help to ensure equitable access to services across Vancouver, so all residents can stay healthy and strong. We, the South Vancouver Seniors Hub Council, are a group of concerned citizens urging our leaders to please act now to enhance emergency food support. Establish food programs in Killarney, Victoria-Fraserview and Sunset to ensure vulnerable community members can have access to emergency supports, especially during this time of crisis.
Red Fox Healthy Living Society and Environmental Youth Alliance invite you to join our Seed Generation outdoor program, while joining a dedicated group of like-minded youth supporting nature and wildlife in Vancouver! Get hands-on experience growing native plants and restoring habitat in Strathcona Park and Still Creek. Meet new people and have fun adventures in nature. Enjoy weekly recreation outings biking, canoeing and hiking at Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon and many other great park locations. Help lead active play programs for children at local parks. Youth participating in this 3 month program will gain volunteer service hours they can count as high school credits.
This free 3 month program is open to youth aged 15-19. The government is slowly allowing the public to return to everyday activities with certain conditions. Red Fox and EYA is committed to keeping your children safe and we are following all recommended guidelines from the BC Health Authority.
In-person outdoor programs beginning June 14, 2020 with the following health and safety measures in place:
* 2-metre physical distancing at all times * optional face masks (provided by Red Fox & EYA) * no sharing of gloves or tools * free snacks and lunch, pre-packaged individual meals purchased from a local restaurant * smaller group sizes, and no indoor activities. Dates: Cohort 1: June 14th - September 13th, 2020 Cohort 2: September 12th - January 9th, 2021 (program break Dec 19th - Jan 3) 2 Groups of 7 Youth Garden Sessions (Weekends during school) Recreation Outings (Weekdays during summer & Fall weekdays after school) Certificate of Completion for 120 Service Hours Designed for: Youth aged 15-19 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous youth New immigrant youth Youth with disabilities LGBTQ2 youth Youth Will: Connect with Knowledge keepers and Elders Garden and grow food Develop leadership skills Learn about Traditional plant use Enjoy weekly recreation outings Registration: For more information, or to ask questions, email email@example.com website: redfoxsociety.org and eya.ca Traditional Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh People.
youth leadership – truth and reconciliation
UNYA Food pantry
Indigenous Land Stewardship
Applications are now being accepted for the Indigenous Land Stewardship certificate program at Native Education College.
The nine-month full-time program consists of 10 courses blending Indigenous environmental knowledge and Western ecological thinking. Graduates may use an ILS certificate as a step towards employment in fields such as land and resource management, environmental protection and monitoring, urban planning, forestry and much more. The ILS program may also be a gateway to further post-secondary studies through block transfer credit agreements with local universities.
Grandview Woodland Food Connection Bulk Buying