Aboriginal and Canadian Approaches to Food and Resilience

With Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux&Gary Machan

Food is essential to life and cultural expressions around food cultivation, procurement, preparation, distribution and consumption are systematic and a part of identity. How do Aboriginal and Canadian peoples approach food? How is food an expression of identity for Aboriginal and Canadian peoples? Our conversation will focus on food as an essential element of life-governance and resilience.


About Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux is the Nexen Chair in Aboriginal Leadership at the Banff Centre. She serves as a Status Only Asst. Professor at the FIFSW at the University of Toronto; as Adjunct Asst. Professor at Carleton; an Advisory Member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada; a member of the Lake Simcoe Science Advisory Committee; a Lady of the Lake; and an active and engaging media representative and trainer.  She is interested in environmental and humanitarian causes and is actively engaged in a variety of initiatives across Canada. Her research and academic writing is directed towards understanding Historic and Intergenerational Trauma primarily within the Aboriginal community.  Cynthia is a member and resident of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation in Lake Simcoe, and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between people. Cynthia sees endless merit in bringing people from diverse cultures, ages, and backgrounds together to engage in practical dialogue and community-based research. She is deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement, and co-founded and helps run a youth project out of the University of Toronto. More information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at: www.canadianroots.ca / www.shieldedminds.ca


About Gary Machan

Gary Machan has worked as a community organizer with the Barrie Community Health Center for over eighteen years. During this time, he has spearheaded a variety of community initiatives related to food security including the Food Partners Alliance. Currently, Mr. Machan is the co chair of the Resilience Collaborative and is working on a part time basis assisting Community Health Centres across the province to adopt the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. While holding true to his own wisdom tradition, he has had a long standing interest in indigenous cultures dating back to the Chief Justice Berger Report (1977), and believes that true sustainability can only be achieved by building bridges of dialogue, restorative justice and peace with First Nations peoples.


Free event with limited seating, so please register. 

Tuesday, January 29 , 2013
Location: Barrie Community Health Centre, 490 Huronia Rd. Barrie, ON see map
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Admission: Free
Light snacks will be served
RSVP: Dr. Douglas West - douglaswest@rogers.com
or contact: couch@couchichinginstitute.ca T: 416-494-1440 Ext. 225

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