Building Sustainable Communities

Growing a Food Secure Future in Saskatchewan

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Rick Sawa
Email address of primary contact person: 
rj.sawa@inet2000.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The purpose of this project is to create a collective, collaborative action plan to ensure food security for all of Saskatchewan’s people and Peoples, based on the principles of affordable, nourishing, accessible and culturally appropriate food for all. The development and re-creation of sustainable, local food economies and cultures embedded in community development connect to the pillars of sustainable development.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

ongoing

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
food, security, health
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

Transformative educational dimensions of this project have been experienced already and FSS anticipates much
more. Within the province are youth, as evidenced by those who presented to the Moose Jaw conference, who
can and do transform the thinking and energies of those with whom they work. As well, there are FSS members
that work within their communities, teaching one another about procuring or growing, processing and preparing
foods. The future opportunities to share these practices across the province, such as the community garden of
Meadow Lake that brings together a broad range of community members in a common quest for quality food and
enjoyment, can help other communities to develop similar programs by building on these best practices.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

Indigenous peoples, school divisions, early childhood education programs, and many community development organizations
have active involvement with food security initiatives in most regions, and are represented within regional
FSS coalitions. The northern FSS conference, held in late October, 2009, underscored
the commitment to developing and re-developing culturally appropriate food procurement and security
for northern and all Indigenous communities.

Project sponsors/funders: 

Food Secure Saskatchewan’s steering committee (representatives from health regions, non-profit organizations,
First Nations, education, and regional inter-sectoral committee coordinators) initiated this project, funded through
the Public Health Agency of Canada, and in consultation with the Manitoba Food Charter.

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