Land and Food Systems

Indigenous food trading, sharing and discussions, at Enowkin, Penticton. July 13 & 14, 2016

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1. July 13 – Following the leadership of the BC Food Systems Network Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS), the proposed Gathering of Indigenous Food Trading and Sharing (GIFTS) is being planned on July 13, 2016. GIFTS will provide the time and space for Indigenous harvesters to trade and share Indigenous foods and knowledge generated in inter-tribal trade relationships. The gathering is a traditional camp style gathering with free camping and all meals provided. We welcome contributions of Indigenous foods to contribute to the feasts.

Building on the conversational learning and ancient traditional trade practices and protocols, the WGIFS will realize more fully how the social and cultural values encoded within traditional trading and giving economies can inform the development of mutual aid networks. The intention is to increase the number of trading relationships in traditional trade networks, and apply an innovative approach to 1). addressing one or more of the social determinants of health, and 2). advocating for conservation of Indigenous bio-cultural heritage in the land and food system research, action and policy proposals.
2. July 14 – We are excited to celebrate our 10th Anniversary Strategic Meeting of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, BC, home of our very first Indigenous food sovereignty conference that took place in August of 2006. The WGIFS would like to thank the Syilx Nation and En’owkin Centre for their generous hospitality, as well as our financial sponsor the First Nations Health Authority.
The 10th annual WGIFS Strategic meeting is being planned on the day following GIFTS (July 14), and will provide the time and space to network and introduce the innovative concepts and vision of the project, and increase awareness and sensitivity to the diverse socio-political realities and cultures that are affirmed in Indigenous relationships to food, land, and inter-tribal trading and giving economies.
3. July 15, 16 & 17 – The 10th annual WGIFS meeting and GIFTS will lead into the 18th Annual BC Food Systems Network Gathering being planned for July 15, 16, & 17 at the same venue. Following the theme of Reconciling Cultures:Reconnecting Foodscapes, the BCFSN Gathering will provide the time and space for WGIFS members and Indigenous participants to reconcile Indigenous food systems with sustainable agri-food system issues, concerns, situations and strategies.
The cross cultural conversations will increase community resiliency by flexing our ability to overcome cross cultural learning tension and identify potential that exists within the gaps of knowledge where Indigenous food system meets the rapidly expanding movement of sustainable agriculture.
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Dawn Morrison,

BC Food Systems Network

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

C/O 555 East 55th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C, V5X 1N6
Mobile: 778.879.5106

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Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society Schoolyard Student Farm Worker

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Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society

Schoolyard Student Farm Worker

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Good Food For All

Everyone should have access to healthy food, soil, and community. We enact this vision

by cultivating engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological

stewardship, and community celebration. Fresh Roots stewards two ½ acre schoolyard

market gardens on school grounds in the heart of East and South Vancouver. The food

we grow is eaten in local school cafeterias, various Neighbourhood House food security

initiatives, and by neighbours. Our fields are hands-on learning classrooms; engaging

school communities and residents of Vancouver in addressing food security, community

health, and vocational skills development.

The Position

The Schoolyard Farm Worker grows Good Food For All. They are outside in the garden

planting, harvesting, weeding, and acting as stewards of our ecologically managed

urban farms. They will work under the supervision of our Farm Manager to ensure our

schoolyard farms are productive and welcoming spaces. The Schoolyard Farm Worker

will provide leadership to Farm Interns and volunteers to complete daily tasks on the


Required Qualifications

 Minimum 1 year growing experience in small-scale agricultural production

 A post-secondary student in the 2015/16 school year with intension of returning

in the fall

 Physically fit and happy to work outdoors in all conditions

 Comfortable with spreadsheets, email communication, and record keeping

 Experience leading co-workers and volunteers in farming activities

 Able to communicate with diplomacy and respect with people of all cultures,

ages, and backgrounds

 Have a valid class 5 driver’s license and comfortable driving a delivery vehicle

 Have a smart phone and access to a computer

 Able to pass a criminal background check

Position Details

 Position begins as soon as possible and ends October 31, 2016

 Summer: 24 hrs/week, Fall: 16 hrs/week at $12/hr

How to Apply

E-mail a short cover letter (500 words) and resume (in one document) to with your name and the name of the job position in the subject.

Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately upon reception. We regret

that due to the high volume of applicants only those selected for interviews will be


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Job – Deadline Extended: UBC Land and Food Systems TA Application, Due: May 15

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The 2015 Winter Session TA application is now OPEN!  As we were late getting the new application posted, we’ve been granted an extension by CUPE 2278 to keep it open until May 15.

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A great opportunity to expand your career and employment skills!

The Faculty of Land & Food Systems has approximately 200 Teaching Assistant positions available during 2015 Winter Session (September 2015 to April 2016).   East listed course will be assigned a set number of TA support hours.  Instructors are responsible for determining the assigned number of hours for each TA.  TA’s are appointed based on their classification (see SCHEDULE A – WAGES AND CLASSIFICATIONS of the CUPE 2278 Collective Agreement).

Please note this is a NEW online application that we started using for 2015 Summer Session TA’s.  Carefully read all instructions and provide all requested information.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

One last note – over the last 10 months, there have been several changes to the SIN application process for international students that have resulted in delays in obtaining new or renewed SIN’s.  International students must be able to provide an SIN and a valid study permit that covers the terms of their assigned TA appointment to secure a TAship offer, otherwise the offer will be rescinded.  Offers for 2015 Winter Session are expected to be made between June – end of July 2015 so please make sure you have the required documentation.

Information on TA’ing with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems can be found on our TA Portal here: