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Planning for Food System Resilience at the Bulkley Valley Food Security Forum

The ice storms in the Lower Mainland last year prompted an inevitable crisis — highways were closed and food trucks couldn’t make it up here. Store shelves started emptying…We were having a food system breakdown.

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Reflecting on the Gateway: Conversations with our Community of Practitioners

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In this month’s Homegrown Story, we respond to some of your requests to share a bit about who is behind the Gateway as well as some emerging directions for the site. It’s been 2 years since the Gateway relaunched after an extensive redesign and we’ve been reflecting and learning about the news, resources and stories we share.  We’re excited to build upon these strengths in collaboration with the impressive people doing on the ground food security work across BC.

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BC Food Systems Network’s Gathering: Reconnecting and Reconciling on Syilx Land

This year’s BC Food Systems Network (BCFSN) Gathering brought together 123 participants, plus children, to the En’owkin Centre on Syilx land near Penticton, BC. The theme of this year’s gathering, the network’s 18th annual, was Reconciling Cultures and Re-connecting Foodscapes and marked the 10th anniversary of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

The Gathering was an opportunity for various cultures to come together with the Syilx and other Indigenous people to explore what it means to truly reconcile with the first peoples and to honour the lands and waters that are so vital to our food systems and community well-being.

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