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COMMUNITY TAKES ACTION TO REDUCE CHILD HUNGER AND POVERTY
In a May 2012 visit to Canada Olivier De Schutteer, United Nation right to food special envoy says that Canada needs to drop its “self-righteous” attitude about how great a country it is and start dealing with its widespread problem of food insecurity.
"What I've seen in Canada is a system that presents barriers for the poor to access nutritious diets and that tolerates increased inequalities between rich and poor, and aboriginal (and) non-aboriginal peoples".
In his visit to remote aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta, the special envoy saw “very desperate conditions and people who are in extremely dire straits.”
He said " he was particularly concerned by the large portion of people living on social assistance who see their income drained away by housing, and can't afford an adequate diet. ..People are simply too poor to eat decently."
In response to Olivier De Schutteer visit to Canada, residents of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan have taken action to end high unemployment, child hunger, poor health, poverty, and to reduce many social problems that are eroding the traditional values of the community.
Over the past year the community has been working with Heifer International Canada to establish a community farm and a co-op where the community can start growing its own chemical free food.
Heifer is an international organization that works with communities to end hunger, and poverty. It also supports community self-sufficiency, and projects that show respect and that take care of Mother Earth.
Milk is very expensive in Cumberland House and to ensure children are getting their proper daily intake of milk, Ministik Co-op is planning to start its own dairy, and poultry operation.
As well, the project will grow organic seed potatoes, can wild berries, maple syrup and other traditional food products which will be sold world wide for healthy food consumption
To kick start the project the Ministik Co-op is organizing a Sacred Cree Land Breaking Ceremony which will be held at Cumberland House, on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 starting at 1 pm. A Cree elder from the James Smith Cree Nation will be conducting the ceremony.
We are inviting the media, chiefs, Metis leaders, provincial/federal governments, and all communities/neighborhoods that are interested in the project to attend the ceremony. The community will provide lunch after the ceremony
June 18, 2012