Health & Healthy Lifestyles

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.

Health and Science Camp

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Fidji Gendron
Email address of primary contact person: 
fgendron@firstnationsuniversity.ca
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The First Nations University of Canada’s Health and Science camp aims to integrate Western and Indigenous concepts of health and science in a free, week long camp for Aboriginal youth. During the camp the youth explore interests and career possibilities through hands-on activities in the health and science fields. The camp is designed to peak interest in and encourage Aboriginal youth to pursue post-secondary education in health
and science as there is a need for more Aboriginal people in these fields.

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

Annual, week long summer camp at the First Nations University.

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

Educational activities included discussions around the state of the
grasslands in Saskatchewan, including the value of a natural ecosystem, reason for the
loss of grasslands, and potential solutions. Youth had the opportunity to learn about
native plants and their traditional uses from an Elder by going on a medicine walk and
visiting his medicine house. Using the restored native prairie at the FNUniv. they also
learned to recognize a number of native species and to try some of the edible plants on
the grounds. Youth also explored insect diversity and its relationship to water pollution
during a pond dipping, and participated in bird watching with a bird expert. The idea
behind many of these activities is that when you know, appreciate and use your natural
environment, you will work harder to preserve it. Other activities tied into waste and
pollution reduction included the use of reusable metal water bottles throughout the camp
and building solar ovens.

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: 

This camp supports Aboriginal youth, a largely marginalized group, in pursuing postsecondary
education. Research shows Aboriginal people in general are severely
underrepresented in all areas of science and health related fields. In order to develop
future health and science professionals, Aboriginal youth require an avenue where they
can explore a variety of careers and begin planning early for post-secondary training in an
atmosphere of cultural pride, belonging and acceptance. The camp promotes an Indigenous-based

perspective on health and science that allows youth to plan for their
personal and professional lives in a holistic and balanced way.

Craik 4‐H Sustainability Club

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Crystal Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
delzen_1@yahoo.com
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The Craik 4‐H Sustainability Club, formed in the spring on 2009, focused on organic gardening, which included having the members grow their own garden plot at their home, take care of a plant at the community greenhouse, build a chicken tractor (moveable chicken coup) and learn how that is useful for gardening, and visit an organic orchard and market garden. The motto of 4‐H is “Learn by Doing” and that is what we have focused on with this club.

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): 
organic, farming
What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)

SOEEA Ecotour (2010)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Paul Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
info@craikecovillage.com
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The Ecotour will occur on August 13-15 with visits to the Last Mountain Regional Park to see and help with bird banding at the Last Mountain Bird Observatory and a visit to the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area and Bird Sanctuary.

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

August 13-15, 2010

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Ecotour, environmental education, outdoor edication, recreation
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

This public event will provide a recreation opportunity for families.  Through participatory involvement learning about the environment and birds will hopefully occur.

What level of education does this project address?: 
Elementary school
Middle years school
Public (public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Project sponsors/funders: 

Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA)

Funded through Sask Lotteries!!

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