November 22, 2014
by Andrew McAllister
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Mishkeegogamang First Nation Clothing Drive

URGENT CALL OUT FOR FURNITURE AND WARM CLOTHES

Members of Mishkeegogamang First Nation are facing a harsh winter and the injustice of a terrible housing crisis. As such, the First Nations Solidarity Working Group and members of CUPE 3903 are organizing a furniture and clothing drive in support of the community.

The following items are needed: beds, tables, chairs, mattresses, couches, warm clothes, blankets, tools, dishes and cutlery, kids clothes, toys, books, washers, dryers, bookcases, TVs, and computers.

To arrange a pick-up, volunteer, or make another donation to help cover the cost of the driver and fuel, please email cupe3903fnswg@gmail.com or call 647-295-0078. Pick-ups usually occur on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, you can also arrange to drop items off at Weston Road and St.Clair. The truck leaves Toronto on December 6, 2014.

About the Mishkeegogamang First Nation

Mishkeegogamang First Nation is an Ojibwa nation located 500km north of Thunder Bay. Like other northern communities struggling against colonial dispossession, Mishkeegogamang faces traumatizing poverty despite billions of dollars of resources being extracted from their territory by the gold mining industry. A Northwestern Health Unit report stated that as many as 21 people live under one roof, and it is not uncommon for people to sleep in shifts to assure everyone access to a bed.

Mishkeegogamang is on what is called Treaty 9 territory. The original site where the treaty was signed is now underwater. In 1934, the Ontario government chose to build a hydro dam to supply the Pickle Crow Gold mine with hydro. Water began to rise in 1935, which caused homes in the community to be washed away. People were not told they would be flooded and awoke to find water rising in their homes.

The dispossession of the people of Mishkeegogamang only continues. Highway 599 runs right through the reserve and is crucial for the vast gold mining industry in the area, which results in billions of dollars coming from Ojibway land and resources.

In the face of government inaction, members of Mishkeegogamang have organized their own clothing and furniture drive in preparation for the coming winter. A truck will make the 28 hour drive to bring furniture from Toronto. Please donate and support.

This post was edited for clarity and length. The original post can be found here.

November 17, 2014
by Kyla Schwarz-Lam
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A new TYFPC journal

We’re very excited to announce that the TYFPC will be launching a new journal! We are working on a companion to our academic journal, Gathering. This new journal will be a space for youth (30 and under) to showcase their creative skills and thinking about food. We want to see your art, photography, poetry, creative writing, recipes, etc. We also want to know what you think we should call this new endeavour!

Special Issue Callout

The submission deadline is February 28, 2015. Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested! You can reach us at journal@tyfpc.ca for submissions, inquiries, and journal names. We look forward to seeing your creations!

November 17, 2014
by Kyla Schwarz-Lam
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Callout for Gathering articles

Gathering

The TYFPC is beginning work on the third issue of our youth-driven, peer-reviewed journal, Gathering, to be published in the spring of 2016. If you are working on a research paper about food issues, we want to help you publish it! We’re looking for papers written by youth (30 and under) in APA style, with a maximum of 1500 words. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015. Please help us spread the word to any and all who may be interested! For submissions or inquiries, please email us at journal@tyfpc.ca. Our past issues can be viewed here.

November 12, 2014
by Christine McPhail
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Crickets and the Future of Food!

By Christine McPhail

Last Thursday, I ventured out in the rain to attend a great networking food event at the Centre for Social Innovation-Annex (CSI Annex) location. For those of you who haven’t heard of CSI here is how CSI describes themselves.

“The Centre for Social Innovation is a social enterprise with a mission to catalyze social innovation in Toronto and around the world. We believe that society is facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges. We also believe that new innovations are the key to turning these challenges into opportunities to improve our communities and our planet.

We’re a coworking space, community, and launchpad for people who are changing the world, with three locations in Toronto and a location in New York City. We provide our members with the tools they need to accelerate their success and amplify their impact. Together, we’re building a movement of nonprofits, for-profits, entrepreneurs, artists, and activists working across sectors to create a better world.”

After learning more about CSI, I could not wait to attend this event! CSI-Annex holds monthly networking events call Six Degrees of Social Innovation. These events fill the CSI-Annex location with members of the social change community, all eager to discuss the topic at hand and meet new people. This month’s topic was food and the speaker was Dr. Aruna Antonella Handa. She is a food philosopher and entrepreneur and she gave an amazing talk on Eating Innovation: Cultivating the Future of Food. She talked about many ideas in relation to de-centralizing the food system, growing your own food, supporting urban agriculture, and supporting local producers and growers.

Most importantly she talked about the sustainability of our food system and how eating bugs could be a real solution! Many cultures already incorporate insects into their diet and it is certainly a growing phenomenon. What is really exciting about eating insects is that they are great sources of protein, iron, and other important vitamins and minerals and they require much less water than say the average cut of meat, making them a more environmentally friendly food source. It’s also easier to keep crickets in an urban setting in comparison to chickens, cows, and pigs. Crickets in particular have about a 12 week lifespan and can then be harvested. They can also be harvested earlier and then freezed. Insects naturally slow down in lower temperatures and become dormant so this can be a more humane way to kill the crickets if need be. To show everyone just how great eating insects could be, a local Toronto chef Cookie Martinez served up Cricket Falafel, Cricket Thai Spoons, and Cricket Brittle and they were all….delicious! The crickets were supplied by Big Cricket Farm. I began imagining all the different ways crickets could continue to be introduced into our local food system…can you imagine a Toronto with cricket farms? How exciting!

This was a wonderful and engaging event and CSI really is a wonderful place for people to brainstorm ideas, make things happen, and change the world!

Here is a video of Dr. Aruna Antonella’s talk:

If you are interested in learning more about the Centre for Social Innovation or want to get involved visit socialinnovation.ca/home

To learn more about cricket farming you can visit  Big Cricket Farm’s website bigcricketfarms.com/index.html

 

 

 

November 7, 2014
by Kyla Schwarz-Lam
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Launching the second issue of Gathering

Gathering banner

On November 10th we’ll be launching the 2nd issue of our academic youth-driven journal, Gathering! If you are able to join us, we would love to see you at our launch party. We’ll be meeting at CSI Regent Park (585 Dundas St. East, Daniels Spectrum) from 7 – 8:30, where we’ll be spending the evening discussing the articles, the future of Gathering (including important announcements!), and food issues with youth who share your passion. Enjoy some light snacks and drinks while you’re at it!

 

Join the event on Facebook!

TTC Directions:

From Dundas Station, take the 505 Dundas streetcar east to Sackville St.

Parking:

Parking is available in an underground parking lot beneath the Daniels Spectrum.

Accessibility:

This building is wheelchair-accessible. Elevators are located in the South Lobby and accessible washrooms are available on every floor. The TYFPC strives to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all of its members. If we require accommodation to ensure your participation, please email info@tyfpc.ca.