Gearing up for the annual NAN Food Symposium

Create: 12/01/2015 - 19:23

The 2013 Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Food Symposium will be held this year from July 23-25 at the Nor’Wester Hotel in Thunder Bay. The conference will feature skill-building workshops, guest speakers and presentations from NAN community members. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a feast and learn about traditional medicines.
This year marks the 4th annual NAN Food Symposium, which aims to connect those living across NAN territory so that they can address the region’s food system challenges, while developing community-based solutions.
Joseph LeBlanc, the community project manager for NAN, says that attendees will be eager to have the opportunity to connect and exchange ideas regarding the food system.
“They’ll be able to communicate best practices and discuss what’s been learned in an attempt to change the food system,” LeBlanc said. “People are excited to reconnect on an annual basis.”
Food actionists in attendance, who range from youth to Elders, gardeners to fishermen as well as some people from across Canada, will have the opportunity to learn new skills.
Workshops will give attendees the chance to learn to prepare goose and to learn how to harvest traditional foods and medicines.
New this year, those in attendance will have the opportunity to attend a movie night that will feature the launch of two short documentaries focusing on food security which NAN was involved in the making of. The movie night will also feature two films made by students in the film production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Registration for the 2013 NAN Food Symposium is still open. Information is available at

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