From November 13-16, over 450 people who care passionately about our food system arrived in Halifax to talk, share and, of course, eat. The conference was inspiring and informative, and it’s taken me several weeks to process all of the great ideas I heard. In the weeks following the Food Secure Canada National Assembly, my inbox started to fill up with photos, videos, blog posts and more from people all across the country.
We kicked off the conference with a keynote address from Dr. Vandana Shiva. This was followed by 2 ½ days of workshops, plenary panels, and interactive sessions on a wide range of food systems topics. With so many sessions happening simultaneously, it was hard to choose what to attend. In addition, we also had one overlapping day with the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s conference, which included over 200 people, most of whom are farmers.
I’ve been trying to pick a favourite moment, or even compile a highlights list, but there are just too many things! So instead, I give you a round up of blog posts and photos that others have contributed from the event.
- First up, this beautiful 2 minute video that gives you an overall sense of the conference.
- The Youth Caucus held lively evening session with over 70 youth. Read all about it.
- There were great conversations about school food and nutrition programs, including one in which both the NDP and Liberals committed to supporting a national school food nutrition program if elected. (Discussion of school food programs starts at 9:21)
- And finally, you can see all of Vandana Shiva’s talk right here: