BULKLEY VALLEY FOOD SECURITY FORUM - SUMMARY REPORT
On Friday May 19th, 2017 a select group of local government representatives, First Nations, Provincial Government employees, Food Supply Chain representatives, Farmers, Service organizations and empowered food security individuals met at The Old Church in Smithers to discuss personal and community resiliency in the event of a food supply disruption during winter months. The event started with an acknowledgement of the unceded Gitdumden, Bear Wolf Clan, territory and a blessing by Chief Timberwolf, Mabel Forsysthe of the Witsuwit’en Nation. Opening remarks were provided by Shelley Browne on behalf of Member of Parliament Nathan Cullen who planted the seed for a food security project in his riding and provided financial assistance for the event. Next a local food lunch was served, catered by Joan LaCourte from Sweet and Savoury Culinary Creations. The meal was followed by an interactive activity called “What’s on my plate?” where participants guessed which ingredients of the lunch were local and which were not, and then the caterer revealed the truth behind her sourcing and challenges she faced. This led to a group discussion on alternatives and solutions for imported items like vegetable oil, vinegar, butter, flour and salt.
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