Regaining Maple Tapping Knowledge for Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation youth

In collaboration with Charles Audy Memorial School located in Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation (Manitoba) and Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative.

Maple syrup harvesting has always been part of the Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation tradition, a tradition and practice passed on from generation to generation. With maple syrup readily available in grocery stores, the harvesting of maple water has been left behind. This project enabled Grade 4-8 students of Charles Audy Memorial School to go out onto the land to learn how to tap maple trees, harvest and process maple water into maple syrup. This activity  was a part of their grandparents’ livelihood; it is a manifestation of food sovereignty, and is helping to ensure traditional skills and knowledge tied to maple harvesting  remains alive and well in the Wuskwi Sipihk communities of Northern Manitoba.

Towards a Sustainable Recovery and Resilience of the Montreal Food System

In collaboration with Conseil Système alimentaire montréalais, Project impact collectif de Centraide du Grand Montréal and La Fondation du Grand Montréal.

The pandemic has put a lot of pressure on our food system. When economic recovery begins, the City of Montreal will need to (re)build a food system based on public health needs, that also supports economic and ecological resilience. This project enabled Conseil SAM to conduct an analysis during the COVID-19 crisis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the city’s local food system; set priorities for economic recovery, and establish a 10-year roadmap to strengthen the resilience and sustainability of a local food network for Montreal.

Knowledge gathering and education about the importance of breakfast, snack, lunch and food literacy programs

In collaboration with the Coalition for Healthy School Food, Arrell Family, Lawson Foundation, MAZON Foundation and the J.W McConnell Family Foundation.

This project enables the Coalition for Healthy School Food and its 170+ members to build awareness about the importance of meal and food literacy programs during the pandemic. Educational activities included: collecting data that supports a case for a School Food Program for Canada, preparing high-quality educational materials that summarize key issues and opportunities, coordinate visits of Coalition members to meet with local MPs, and build relationships that prioritize awareness about nutrition needs for children.

Growing Resilience and Equity

In collaboration with Food Secure Canada and The J.W McConnell Family Foundation.

To encourage a transformative approach to Canada’s pandemic response and recovery plans, this project supported a number of activities including: monitoring food systems policy and program developments by the federal government; identifying emerging proposals and innovation from food movement leaders in the context of COVID-19; responding to government requests for discussions, analysis and participation regarding food system issues and COVID-19; and convene roundtable and meetings with civil society and the federal government.

In addition, the project prioritizes inclusive food policy governance by including and learning from multiple civil society initiatives, conducting primary research on existing food policy influences, and amplifying the voices of individuals that are Indigenous, Black and/or People of Colour.

Project completed in 2021

Food Security and Skill Building for Bloodvein First Nation Youth

In collaboration with Miskooseepi School located in Bloodvein First Nation (Manitoba) and Northern Manitoba Food Culture and Community Collaborative.

This project enabled the Miskooseepi School Food Program located in Bloodvein First Nation to purchase much needed healthy food for children in a community where food insecurity has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The youth-focused project also supports educational and skill building activities related to healthy food systems and actions that advance food security for the community.

Project completed in 2020

Cultivating Black Food Sovereignty In Toronto

Supporting activities organized by the AfriCan Food Basket.

Since 1995, Afri-Can Food Basket (AFB) has been feeding Toronto families through a range of programming that have provided healthy and culturally-specific food to African, Caribbean, and Black families in Toronto. To support education and awareness of food sovereignty in African, Black and Caribbean communities, sponsorship from PFI supported this first Black Food Sovereignty Conference, which was an online event focused on the cultivation of food sovereignty and eradication of racial injustice in food systems.

Project completed in 2020