Wild Salmon Caravan 2017

For thousands of years, the wild salmon have been our most important Indigenous food, and cultural and ecological keystone species in BC. They are an indicator of the health and integrity of the Indigenous land and food system on which the health and functioning of the entire agri-food system is based. They feed the entire Pacific Temperate Rainforest as well as many species including the bears, the wolves, the eagles, and our families and communities.

We invite everyone to come out in colourful and creative expressions of love for wild salmon in parades, banners, posters, music, storytelling, regalia etc.

Wild salmon hear our songs!

Celebrate the spirit of wild salmon!

Transform the darkness surrounding the industrial storm that is killing wild salmon.

Swim with us! Get involved in the #WSC2017.

4th annual Britannia School Garden Film Fundraiser

Funds raised will help to support youth, children and families food gardening at:
Britannia Secondary School
SEGA Girls School in Tanzania (Britannia’s twin garden)
Eastside Family Place Summer Garden Program (at Britannia)

Friday, April 4th, 6pm. Films start at 7pm
Astorino’s Hall, 1739 Venables St.
$10 – $20 suggested donation
Silent auction, food, wine and beer for sale,

View two outstanding new films:
A River Changes Course  – Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance 2013, A River Changes Course tells the story of three families living in contemporary Cambodia as they face hard choices forced by rapid development and struggle to maintain their traditional ways of life as the modern world closes in around them

Dancing Salmon Home  – Winner of the Best Documentary Feature award at the American Indian Film Festival, 2012, Dancing Salmon Home tells the story of the Winnemem First Nation in California who travel to New Zealand to meet their salmon relatives for the first time in generations and return those fish to their rivers of origin that are being un-dammed.

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Webinar: Local Food Procurement in a Free Trade Environment

If you are working to bring healthy local foods into public institutions – schools, universities, health care facilities etc…here’s an exciting opportunity to learn more.

Local Food Procurement in a Free Trade Environment
National webinar brought to you by Farm to Cafeteria Canada and Sustain Ontario.
Tues. April 16th – Noon PST (30 -45 minutes duration)
Register here >>
Guest Speakers: Ken Babich, Canadian Public Procurement Council (based in BC)  and Kyra Bell Pascht – Environmental Lawyer (Based in Ontario)
To stay connected with Farm to Cafeteria Canada visit the National Website – www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca

The Right to Food in Canada: A Community Conversation

Monday, March 4, 2013 from 9-11am
In the Town Hall Room at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th Avenue)

* Please arrive a few minutes early as the event will start at 9am *


On March 4 Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, will be presenting his report on Canada to the UN Council on Human Rights. Food Secure Canada is providing a platform for Mr De Schutter to share his conclusions in an interactive webinar with communities gathered across Canada.

His report, which can be downloaded from Food Secure Canada’s website, highlights a variety of hunger, health, aboriginal rights, and food systems (both land and water-based) issues, which we will continue to discuss once the national webinar has ended with a short panel and roundtable discussion facilitated by Brent Mansfield, the Co-Chair of the Vancouver Food Policy Council. Panelists include:

Graham Riches, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, UBC
Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Aart Schuurman Hess, CEO, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
Fraser Stuart, Raise the Rates Campaign

We hope you will join us for this very important conversation that is a chance to show that we are not alone in thinking that Canada’s food system is unjust, unhealthy and unsustainable.

This event is open to the public and the media. Please distribute  For more information please contact Brent Mansfield –brentmansfield@gmail.com / 604-837-7667

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Sustenance Festival 2012: Check Out Our Assets

The Vancouver Food Policy Council and members of the newly minted Park Board Local Food Assets Task Force teamed up for an evening of discussion, performance and interactive displays. Food themed performances by burlesque performer Joanie Gyoza and musical guests the Wheely Slow Cooking Tour. VFPC co-chair Trish Kelly hosted a discussion and ideas and suggestions were captured by a graphic recording for the Vancouver Parks Board. Demonstration Food Friendly Neighbourhood curated by Village Vancouver Transition Town Initiative with displays, information and chickens, along with displays by the Neighbourhood Food Networks, the Vancouver Urban Farming Society, the UBC Farm Aboriginal Initiatives and more. Check out http://www.sustenancefestival.ca/

Thanks to everyone who came and all of the volunteers who helped to make it happen!

Photos from our event >>