Each year at the Food Symposiums, recognition is given to NAN members who have made a difference in the health of their people through food actions, Food Champions are nominated by community members. See the champions below!
2018 NAN Food Champions standing with their original artworks by Gull Bay artist Kevin Belmore.
From left to right: NAN Community Food Initiative Champion: Eabametoong First Nation, for its successful inception and continued operation of Fort Hope Farm. Lead farmer Rudy Waboose accepted the award on behalf of his community; NAN Adult Food Champion: Sam Hunter of Weenusk First Nation, for his long-time promotion of traditional food practices and land-based youth mentorship; NAN Elder Food Champion: Vina Hendrix of Matachewan First Nation, for her generous sharing of traditional language, culture and history through youth mentorship and community leadership; NAN Youth Food Champion: Tyler Waboose of Eabametoong First Nation, for his extensive work growing, mentoring and coordinating youth with Roots to Harvest in Thunder Bay.
Read the full nominations here.