Posts from Our Network (any groups that come to network meetings past or present).

Our decision to focus a network meeting on climate chaos and its impact on water was prompted by the release of the province’s strategic climate risk assessment:

We want to create the time and space to explore climate action related to water, while also aligning our strategies of climate justice to the broader scope and scale of Secwepemc food sovereignty. We are grateful to have Dawn Morrison, Joanne Taylor, and Ananda Lee Tan joining us for this critical and timely discussion (and action!).

Dawn Morrison
Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Since 1983, Dawn has worked and studied horticulture, ethno-botany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems in formal institutions as well as through her own personal healing and learning journey. Following the years she spent teaching Aboriginal Adult Basic Education, Dawn has been dedicating her time and energy to land based healing and learning which led her to her life’s work of realizing herself more fully as a developing spirit aligned leader in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement. Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 13 years for decolonizing food systems discourse in community, regional and international networks and has become internationally recognized as a published author. Dawn’s work on the Decolonizing Research and Relationships is focused on creating a critical pathway of consciousness, that shines a light on the cross-cultural interface where Indigenous Food Sovereignty meets, social justice, climate change and food systems research, action and adaptive policy, planning and governance. Some of the projects Dawn is curating include: Wild Salmon Caravan, Indigenous Food and Freedom School, and Dismantling Structural Racism in the Food System.

Joanne Taylor
Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Agricultural Climate Change

Adaptation and Policy @ UBCO

Dr. Joanne Taylor is an environmental anthropologist and political ecologist. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Dr. Taylor’s doctoral research investigates food security and food sovereignty in the Creston Valley of British Columbia during the renegotiation of the bilateral Columbia River Treaty.  Joanne is currently a SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellow at The University of British Columbia where she is conducting research in agricultural adaptation to climate change in the Cariboo and Okanagan Regions of B.C.  She continues to explore the effects of climate change on food systems while also analysing the effects of industrial agriculture on climate change.

Network Meeting Summary
February 5, 2020

Board Report and Staff Report

In January, the board and staff had the privilege of taking part in a second workshop with Dawn Morrison about Indigenous Food Sovereignty and we look forward to integrating this knowledge into our work.

Some board members and staff are planning to participate in the City of Kamloops upcoming public consultation for the Community Climate Action Plan. The date for the public consultation has not been announced yet.

Staff and contractors are currently doing some shifting of organizational duties to place a greater emphasis on grant writing and fundraising. Staff and contractor presence might seem a bit limited for the upcoming month or so as Sandra is away on vacation and Bonnie is busy focusing her time on grant writing.

Other things staff and contractors are up to…

  • Michelle will be part of a panel discussion on expanding regional agricultural supports at the Island Agriculture Show in Duncan tomorrow (February 6). This stems from the policy implementation project that launched the Food Hub pilot and more recently started discussing the formation of a Farmers Institute.
  • Bonnie will be a panelist at the Economic Unity Conference, hosted by Community Future Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations, here in Kamloops on February 20-21
  • Sandra is recruiting a KFPC team to help Kamloops Reach at the May 17th PitStop meal. Watch for her article in the Connector. Contact Sandra if you would like to be involved.
  • The Food Hub pilot wrapped up and the report was completed. The team is awaiting the release of the next stage of funding to continue the development of this project.
  • KFPC is a community partner for a 2-Day Food Business Planning Workshop on Feb 10 & 11 at the United Church: This is an excellent opportunity for local food businesses:
    • The workshop is ideal for micro, small, and medium-sized food processors looking to improve and/or expand their operations, as well as farmers looking to create value-added products.
    • It is a 9 module workshop series that covers: business planning, marketing, product development, financial planning, quality management, packaging, production & costing, logistics, and resources & networking.
    • Cost for the 2 day workshop is $100 per participant
    • Check out the Blog section of the KFPC website for more information.

Community News & Updates

  • Farmers’ Market archives need help sorting: February & March. Contact
  • Naturalist Club wants to host workshops and educational resources for Kamloops residents regarding personal land management to support species biodiversity and climate change resilience. Contact
  • Shelaigh provided updates on the Qwemtsin Health and Skeetchestn Food Forest projects, as well as celebrating the recent completion of a Permaculture Design Certificate course.
  • Two NorKam students shared about their Fridays for Future events, organizing climate strikes, and the NorKam Environmental and Upcycling Club. Composting has started at NorKam. This is a passionate group of students!
  • Carole shared a thought provoking poem.
  • Diane, the Mount Paul Community Food Centre’s Food Literacy Coordinator shared about new kids’ programs and a new Food Sense program coming soon, as well as a more formalized garden program that will include kids’ programming.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 – 7:30
**Panel Discussion with Dawn Morrison and Joanne Taylor on climate chaos mitigation, particularly relating to water**

Set up: Rob W, Diane M
Clean up: Ben C, Carole H
Note taker: Emily P

Network Meeting Summary
December 4, 2019

Secwepemc word of the month – alt = become frozen

Board and staff update:

  • We are moving offices to the XChange in the Station building, but will still have the network meetings in the same place
  • We will be working with several groups of TRU students in the new year!
  • Sandra attended a Seed conference, and is looking forward to continuing with our seed library

Community Spotlight: Theory of Change Overview and Activity

Bonnie and Robyn presented an overview of KFPC’s vision and values that was developed with the network, as well as the theory of change graphic. There was an opportunity for people to respond to the following questions:

  • How does big picture change happen?
  • What is your role in creating change? 
  • What are the levers/steps needed to get there?

We asked for input on the graphic in three ways: words, drawings and creatively through poems, colours, feelings, etc.

Here are the results:



  • Film society is hosting free family films! Check it out.
  • Margaret is looking for collaborators for a Community Climate Action Festival in the spring that will include food, workshops, dancing and fun. If you are interested in getting involved, contact

Next Meeting: **There is no meeting in January**

February 5, 2020
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Join us at the December Network Meeting and hear about our exploration of the food system through a mycelium metaphor (it’s quite amazing!). It’s a helpful visual for how we can strengthen our food system and we’d love your input.

December 4
5:30 – 7:30
Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street

**If you’d like to, bring a dish to share in our legendary potluck**

Network Meeting Summary
November 6, 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month

k̓wséltkten (k-wuh-sel-t-n)= Family

Board Update
– KFPC Board and Contractors attended a workshop facilitated by Dawn Morrison, Founder and Research Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. This workshop started the discussion to decolonize the food system by shifting from the production paradigm to more integration with the ecosystem and traditional land management systems. Discussions around cross-cultural protocol, as well as points of complementarity and tension were also started.
– Within the Interior Health Community Food Action Initiative, a theory of change is being developed that will help to frame ways to impact our food system.

Staff Update
– December’s network meeting will be a presentation of the above-mentioned theory of change, which is based on a metaphor of mycelium, and illustrates how we’re going to strengthen our food system.
– The Gleaning Abundance Program was a challenging season with very little of the fruit that we are used to seeing in Kamloops. Mariana did a great job taking on the Coordinator role this year! GAP has applied for funding for a new van for next season. Wish us luck!
– KFPC has joined a Food Policy Council Communications Working Group meeting monthly that is hosted by the John Hopkins Communications Centre.

Community Spotlight ~ Food Hub Model Presentation
For the background information related to the Food Innovation and Processing Hub, please visit the Food Hub web page. Here are some highlights from the Food Hub presentation:

  • Assets in the community: strong market for local food, interest in diversified and green economy, appetite for innovation.
  • Gaps in the community: lack of facilities/infrastructure, shortage of abattoirs, high costs, barriers to selling and scaling up, limited capacity to do value-added.
  • Potential partnerships: Gardengate, TRU Culinary Arts and more
  • Working on how local is defined for this project. It could mean Kamloops and region, TNRD, Secwepemcul’ecw.
  • Proposed model: distributed food hub network would have coordinator support, partnerships and multi-purpose facilities, balancing economic development with social and community outcomes.
  • Phased approach: Phase I – Coordination and mentorship; Phase II – Partnerships for facilities; Phase III – Larger, dedicated processing facilities.

The rest of the discussion was related to key questions that the food hub pilot project is still working out. Folks who attended the network meeting were able to provide their input to the food hub vision through small table conversations, each table having their own area of focus.

– The Big E latest edition is War, Peace, Immigration. December’s issue will focus on Food & Beverage.
– Indoor Winter Market is running on Wednesdays from 10 – 2 at St. Andrew’s on the Square until December 18. It will resume on January 22 and go until the end of March. Applications are available on the Kamloops Farmers Market website.
– Kamloops Permaculture is hosting November’s Films for Change screening of Need to Grow at Barber Centre (HOL 190) on November 27, 7 PM.

Upcoming Events
Check out our Events Calendar on the KFPC website.

Next Meeting: December 4, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30
@ Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street

Chair: Jesse
Set Up: Mike K.
Clean Up: Shelaigh, Bonnie

Network Meeting Summary

October 2, 2019

Community Spotlight ~ Food Hub Meet & Greet
The evening started with questions from Mount Paul Community Food Centre and Kamloops Food Policy Council, followed by questions from the floor. Terry Lake – Liberal (TL), Iain Currie – Green (IC), and Kira Cheeseborough – Animal Protection Party (KC) joined us to speak to how their parties address food related issues.

Access to healthy, culturally appropriate food
TL – Feeding a global community is a very challenging thing. Innovations in food production have kept up but some practices are environmentally damaging/detrimental. It’s important to focus on sustainability of food production, utilizing resources in the best economic way. Supportive of food banks and the good work they are doing. Focus on local production, low cost healthy food and work to reduce the stigma of needing to access the food bank.

IC – The Green Party plans to partner with the provinces to create guaranteed livable income, which would help to address poverty and food insecurity. It’s concerning that we still need food banks and it’s something the government should help out with. It is a human right to have food security. Don’t talk about band-aids, we need to solve the problem.

KC – Having lived experience with food insecurity, reforming the current food systems is key (e.g., animal agriculture is environmentally destructive). Phasing away from animal agriculture and removing dairy from diet will be key. Animal Protection Party also looks at universal basic income to help people access nutritious fruit and vegetables. Require retailers to donate food to food banks and emergency food providers.

What priorities from the National Food Policy does your party address? What do you think is missing from this list?
TL – Incentivizing innovation and technology in Northern areas is essential. Universal basic income and affordable food would also increase access to healthy food for people.

IC – The national school lunch program, an already existing program, could be funded more through the federal government, which would be a win (agriculture sector) – win (health outcomes) – win (educational outcomes) situation. Something that is missing from the National Food Policy is greening the food system and policies, moving away from industrial agriculture to local, organic agriculture. The Green Party has a two-page platform on food security.

KC – Prioritizing food access and mandating grocers to donate to food banks would be key priorities. Something that is missing is rather than growing food to feed 58 billion animals for human diets, we need to phase out animal agriculture to feed humans directly.

Would you ask your party to embed cost sharing for the universal healthy school food program AND fund it?
KC – It’s so important for schools to teach growing and cooking food. Yes and yes.

IC – Yes and yes.

TL – Was a part of the provincial government that brought in Farmers’ Market coupon program. Prioritizing funding for school food program would happen. It’s key to educate youth regarding healthy, nutritious food.

How would you speed up the process to prohibit neonicotinoids from use?
TL – Pollinator colony collapse is a concern and needs a lot of research quickly. Led by evidence in decision-making, there is a platform to review Canadian Environmental Protection Agency management process.

IC – Precautionary principle would be brought in here: banning use of neonicotinoids until research proves it’s safe. Although there is not a neonic ban in the Green Party platform, Iain would push the Greens and parliament to use the precautionary principle.

KC – Animal Protection Party has nothing specific to neonicotinoids, however they do have something regarding biocyclic agriculture: organic agriculture that uses no animal products or pesticides. Banning neonics would fit into this.

Food insecurity is reduced if rental housing is lowered. How does your party propose to make rental housing accessible/affordable?
IC – Reintroduce policy from the 70’s/80’s to encourage rentals through CMHC lower cost financing to co-op housing and approve more suites/rental units.

TL – The federal Liberal Party has been investing in people through the Child Household Tax Benefit and a national household strategy. As a society, we need to destigmatize that renting is bad, encourage building of rental housing, and incentivize increasing rentals.

KC – Bring in rent control legislation, prevent gentrification, stop capital investors who are looking for profit over need, and subsidized housing for seniors, students, and those living on fixed income.

Indigenous food sources are at risk because they are not protected. What will you do to protect the undergrowth and wild food sources?
TL – Combine Indigenous knowledge with protecting natural land. One successful example is how undergrowth and mushroom harvesting was managed after the Skeetchestn Elephant Hill fire. This model could be exported across Canada.

IC – Root solutions: Indigenous sovereignty over land and food sources. Government can get out of the way of Indigenous peoples taking sovereignty over their lands and food production. Change forestry practices so that Roundup and clearcuting are not being used. Develop a national forestry strategy and take seriously Indigenous sovereignty over food.

KC – Return land sovereignty to Indigenous peoples. The current government is from a system of colonizing and eradicating peoples from homes. Need to stop extractive industries (forestry, mining, pipelines) and pesticide use, and work alongside Indigenous peoples to protect 50% of land and coastal areas. Freeing up land by moving away from animal agriculture and returning to Indigenous peoples.

Terry Lake, if I vote for you, how would you be different than what happened under Christy Clark’s government?
TL – During that time in provincial government, I advocated for increased income assistance as this was a coalition of Liberals and Conservatives. Over the last two years, I’ve been working to prevent opioid deaths. I believe in free enterprise and also helping vulnerable people. I re-entered politics to help. The Federal Liberals are working hard on truth and reconciliation.

We live in a rich country, but we are failing because everyone doesn’t have two meals per day. Many people have no income/no home. Medicine Hat houses everyone.
IC – Housing First Solution: properly fund housing; guaranteed livable income. There is a government responsibility to fix this and can pay for this with more taxes (e.g., a wealth tax, big business, remove oil and gas subsidy, tax on Facebook and digital communications). With this tax structure, government could finance social justice, mental health, and addiction.

KC – Housing first models work. Universal basic income and prioritizing subsidized housing would be key. Housing shouldn’t be on a market, but as a basic right, therefore prevent gentrification and capital investors. A profit driven society means some people are seen as more deserving.

– October 16, Bowls for Souls, Fundraiser for Sensational Soups on World Hunger Day. Get your tickets on Eventbrite: $15 for the meal, $25 includes a handcrafted pottery bowl (donated by the Kamloops Arts & Crafts Club) that you can take home with you.
– The Big Edition, latest edition, was on offer at the meeting. An independent, commercial free newspaper that started in January that offers an alternative to panhandling. The December issue is all about food, so send in your contributions.

Upcoming Events – Save the Dates & Get Tix!
Check out our Events Calendar on the KFPC website. Help us to keep our community informed by posting events to the website calendar. Scroll down on our home page until you find it!

Who’s Who
Animal Protection Party
BC Food Security Gateway
Food Bank
Green Party
Harvest to Home
Kamloops Food Policy Council
Lived Experience Committee
Open Door Group Gardengate
PIT Stop
Thompson Shuswap Master Gardener Association

Next Meeting: November 6, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30
@ Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street
Food Hub Public Engagement

Chair: Deanna
Set Up: Alexis, Mike
Clean Up: Matt G.

Network Meeting
October 2

Mount Paul Community Food Centre will host one of several Eat Think Vote events being held across the country, led by Food Secure Canada in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.

Federal candidates Iain Currie, Green Party, Terry Lake, Liberal Party, and Kira Cheeseborough, Animal Protection Party, will discuss poverty and food security issues, as well as present each party’s plans to address food insecurity, poverty, and poor health in Kamloops and across the country.

Mount Paul Community Food Centre will host a light meal, in addition to the Kamloops Food Policy Council’s monthly potluck. Bring a dish to share, if you like, and we look forward to seeing you there!

5:30 – 7:30 PM
140 Laburnum Street


Network Meeting Summary
September 4, 2019

Secwepemc Word of the Month

ga7is (aw-iss)= dark clouds loom overhead before a storm

Board Update
– Last month’s AGM brought in a new composition for our Board. Welcome to returning Directors, Lindsay Harris, Sian Lewis, Glenn Hilke, Carole Hebden, and Rob Wright, as well as new Board Directors Percy Folkard, Jesse Ritcey, and Simone Jennings.
– A warm welcome to this evening’s network meeting was extended to Interior Health’s new Public Health Dietician, Bronwyn; TNRD’s new Planner, Urszula; and three members of the City of Kamloops Planning Department, Jason, Carmin, and Andrew. This was a first network meeting for many of them and we’re so pleased they could join us!
– An exciting announcement that PopCycle was featured in the Globe and Mail in August. Way to go, Greg!

Staff Update
– KFPC received Community Food Action Initiative funding through Interior Health and is looking forward to deepening into our network work related to our value statements and how they connect with the evaluation rubric.
– The Nourish Final Evaluation report was completed and submitted to community partners.
– KFPC was busy over the summer, attending several special events, including: Gardengate’s Salsa Challenge (this was KFPC’s first year ever and the fruit hats were a hit!) and the Pride Parade.

– Membership: It’s a new membership year after the AGM in August. To become a member (which means you can vote at the AGM and become a Board Director), you need to attend a network meeting and check off the member column on our sign-up sheet.
Website Calendar: It seems like there are a ton of events happening in Kamloops. Help us to keep our community informed by posting events to the website calendar. Scroll down on our home page until you find it!

Community Spotlight ~ Food Hub Meet & Greet
What is the Food Hub all about? This pilot/feasibility proposal grew out of a project, led by the Kamloops Food Policy Council and supported through the Real Estate Foundation, which brought government and community partners together to figure out how to implement the many food policies that have been created for our region. One of the goals was to increase food processing facilities in the region.

In addition to feasibility research and the development of a business model, a four-month pilot project to test the best ways to support small food businesses and to expand food processing in our region will be happening from September to December.

Robyn McLean, Food Hub Project Manager, was excited to introduce the Food Hub Coordinator, Shannon Mazereeuw and Food Hub Research Assistant, Kathy Sinclair.

Robyn also introduced three of the four pilot food businesses who were in attendance:

Nic & Kent from Local Pulse – Dehydrated hummus and high protein cereal using yellow peas.

Ally from Honest elixirs – Superfood drink mix.

Lizzy and Josh from Forest Foods and Skeetchestn Natural Resources LP – a partnership to harvest and package non-timber forest products in partnership with rights and title holders. For example, packaging and selling morel mushrooms in Secwépemc territory (see

Salty Fig Catering – Working on packaging a line of preserves. –

The photo at the top of the post shows the Food Hub Crew, along with the Working Group members who worked together to bring this idea to life and pilot food businesses.

Business mentorship through Kamloops Innovation starts next week and the Food Hub Coordinator, Shannon, will be getting started on compiling resources and supports for any and all food businesses in the Kamloops region. This will include identifying commercial kitchen spaces and potential dry/cold storage facilities in the region. One of the key questions for the feasibility study is to determine if Kamloops has enough resources to support a decentralized food hub model or will a centralized space be required?

The remaining time was facilitated discussion around actual food business ideas in the room and brainstorming what food businesses should exist.

-Lincoln Best is here (he splits his time between Oregon and Calgary) to facilitate a workhop on native bee identification. This will take place on Sunday, September 8, 9 – 4, $55. Details on the the website calendar.
– Glenn raised the idea of starting up a resto-pop in Kamloops, where folks from all socio-economic levels can eat together–a cross class model for restaurants!
– The Big Edition, latest edition, was on offer at the meeting. An independent, commercial free newspaper that started in January that offers an alternative to panhandling. The December issue is all about food, so send in your contributions.
– Tomato Festival is at the Kamloops Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 7, 8:30 – 12:30.
– Venture Kamloops is hosting LinkUp2019 in November. Adapt & Innovate: The Future of Local Business.

Upcoming Events – Save the Dates & Get Tix!
Check out our Events Calendar on the KFPC website.

Next Meeting: October 2, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30
@ Mount Paul Community Food Centre
140 Laburnum Street
Eat, Think, Vote!
– This will be an all candidates’ forum on food.

Chair: ICS
Set Up: Clark
Clean Up: Glenn

It’s always a pleasure to stop by the SHOP kitchen on Thursday mornings. The volunteers there cook up a delicious, nutritious meal for some of our communities most disadvantaged women and give them extra food to put in their packs. They rescue discarded produce from the food bank and this year, grew their own organic heritage tomatoes and cucumbers with plants donated by SSOL Gardens.







A lovely box of  GAP fruit ready to share with SHOP participants!


Food Recovery, Recovered Onions





Barb with some recovered onions from the food bank chopped and ready to go into a delicious meatloaf.