On February 4th, 2013 Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) officially launched its seven year, SSHRC supported research project aimed at strengthening communities through action research on best-practice community-campus engagement with a panel discussion Putting our money where our mouths are: Food Security and the Federal Budget.  The event was well attended in person and via live streaming by community members, students, faculty, and government. Below are a selection of videos from the event (presentations and discussions).

Terry Audla, Inuit leader and President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), shares a northern  perspective on food security in this 12 minute video followed by a 10 minute question and answer period.

Cathleen KneenEditor, The Ram’s Horn and Chair, Just Food Ottawa shares her perspective on food security followed by a short discussion.

Peter Andrée, Associate Professor of Political Science, Carleton University, shares his perspective on food security followed by a short discussion.

Diana Bronson, Executive Director, Food Secure Canada provides Food Secure Canada’s perspective on food security followed by a brief discussion.

Additional Resources

Yordy, Chris. Want amid plenty.  Community Food Security Policy Brief February 4th 2013

Community Academic Collaborative: Community-University engagement in building a resilient food security system (webinar).

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An outcome of the panel discussion was a nation wide set of webinars, one in English, one in French where the UN  Special Rapporteur on Food Security, Olivier de Schutter, shared his findings regarding Food Security in Canada sponsored by Food Secure Canada.  Over 1000 individuals in over 50 communities in Canada heard his report then followed with a conversation on what that meant for local action thereby erasing the global local distance.