250 attend Forum. Debate on local food production between Morinville Mayor Lisa Holmes, Enoch Cree Nation Chief Billy Morin, Sturgeon County Mayor Tom Flynn and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson at Edmonton’s city hall.
Edmonton could become the food capital of Canada if it taps into the power of urban agriculture, suggests a recent mayoral forum.
By Kevin Ma
St. Albert Gazette
Feb 8, 2017
Morin said that to his community of Enoch, local food was about culture. Alberta’s First Nations were only recently introduced to Western foods such as flour, and today grappled with many health concerns related to diet. He now seeks to lead his community back to its traditional dietary roots.
“Picking berries, hunting moose – those are medicines for us.”
Holmes also cited a need to reconnect with the past when it came to food, saying that there was a “lost generation” of people today that did not grow up tending gardens or preserving food.
“This is a skill my children need to learn, but I’m not able to teach them.”
It’s important for urban dwellers to have that connection to their food, Iveson said. His city was implementing an urban food and agriculture strategy and supporting community gardens to try and restore this connection.
When he mentioned how Edmonton was struggling with how to bring in edible gardens, Holmes suggested he use her town’s Incredible Edibles initiative as an example.