Climate Change & Food Systems Evening
Celebration Hall (TSH), McMaster University
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
Addressing food systems issues are at the core of tackling environmental degradation and our warming planet. Hear organic farmers, Indigenous food sovereignty experts and environmental activists discuss how food can be essential to tackling climate change-one of the most pressing issues of our time. Join Meal Exchange and the 2019 National Student Food Summit delegates for an evening of networking, food and important conversations. The evening will begin with a chance to network and eat, followed by a keynote address from Cheyenne Sundance and a panel discussion.
Cheyenne Sundance, Sundance Harvest
Cheyenne Sundance is an organic urban farmer who has worked in both rural and urban settings where she tended to fields of vegetables, fruit forests and grain. Her farming has always been with a social justice framework since being able to grow your own food is the foundation of independence and liberation, especially for those who are Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour. Cheyenne provides Toronto with organic and ethically grown produce through a resistance based urban farming organization called Sundance Harvest.
Tabitha Martens, University of Manitoba
Tabitha Robin (Martens) is a mixed ancestry Cree researcher, educator, and writer. She is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba, studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the Faculty of Social Work and the Department of Native Studies. She spends much of her time on the land, working with her people, and learning traditional Cree food practices. She has worked on research projects with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority, the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre in Winnipeg and Neechi Commons, along with a number of high schools in Manitoba.
Ian Borsuk, Environment Hamilton
Ian Borsuk is the Climate Campaign Coordinator at Environment Hamilton. He has been an environmental activist and organiser for over a decade, and can be found fighting for not just environmental justice but economic and social justice as well across Hamilton. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Mustard Seed, a member owned grocery store cooperative that has a mandate of expanding accessibility to healthy local food for the community.
Nathalie Vengal, UFCW Canada
Nathalie Vengal is a youth advocate, workers' rights and food security activist who resides in the city of Toronto. Nathalie holds an undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Equity Studies from York University, and now works as a National Representative/Organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW Canada). During her time in university, she was a Chapter President for the Students Against Migrant Exploitation (SAME) group on campus and founded the first youth-led food bank in the City of Toronto. Nathalie is a Board member for the North York Harvest Food Bank and sits at the Toronto Food Policy Council, for the Municipal government.
Kelsey Carriere, The Food Systems Lab
Kelsey Carriere is the research and policy manager at Food Systems Lab, a social innovation organization working to build a just and sustainable food system, where all are fed and nothing is wasted. Kelsey managed the lab's most recent project to develop a trilingual education program, the Food Matters Action Kit, for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to engage kids and youth across Canada, US and Mexico to reduce food waste in fun and meaningful ways. Kelsey has a masters degree in Urban Planning and a background engaging communities bringing in local food and environmental projects to fruition.
This event is taking place from 5:30-8:30pm on Thursday, August 15th.
Celebration Hall (Togo Salmon Hall) at McMaster University. This space is physically accessible, however please feel free to indicate any accessibility needs upon checkout and one of the event organizers will reach out to ensure needs are met.
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Who can attend?
This event is open to everyone! We welcome members of the McMaster and broader GTHA community, as well as students who are unable to attend the full National Student Food Summit.
5:30-6:30: Networking and Dinner
6:30-7pm: Keynote Address
7-8:15pm: Panel Discussion
Discount ticket: Ticket includes access to the keynote address, panel discussion and dinner, at a lower price for folks who identify as students or youth, low income, underwaged or underemployed.
General Admission: Ticket includes access to the keynote address, panel discussion and dinner.
Donation to student travel bursary: As a national charity, we try our best to financially support students to attend the conference. By donating, you will be supporting students who require financial support to attend the National Student Food Summit-any amount helps!
We have set aside some free tickets for those who indicate financial need to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free ticket. Please provide your name, a bit about who you are, where you’re travelling from and 3-4 sentences about why you’d like to attend the event. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, August 12th at Midnight.
**NOTE: If you are attending the National Student Food Summit, you do NOT need to purchase a ticket to this event-admission is included in your conference registration. Click here if you are looking to attend the full conference: www.universe.com/nsfs2019. Student bursaries are available!
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