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Kim Parker receives 2022 Mooka'am Kwe: She Rises Indigenous Women Leader Award

April 28, 2022 - Food Security Structures Canada's President & CEO Kim Parker was recognized today by receiving the Mooka'am Kwe: She Rises Indigenous Women Leader Award at the PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise annual Women Leaders in Sustainable Future event. This award celebrates successful, accomplished and committed Indigenous women.

Although Kim was unable to connect to the cyber conference due to technical challenges, FSSC Senior Project Consultant Lizette Lacoursiere accepted on her behalf and shared the following message of gratitude from Kim - "I am so honoured to receive this award. Over the past 20 years I have spent many hours digging into my family’s Metis heritage and understanding my place in history. Learning my families history and legacy has helped me to know who I am and has guided me in the work that I am doing to help address food insecurity in Canada and around the world."

"There are many people who have supported me in this work, but most of all I want to extend my deepest thanks and love to 3 amazing women who have inspired and uplifted me so often during this journey – my Mom, my Grandma Parker, and my Grandma Wailes. Throughout my life I worked along side these woman as they grew their gardens to feed our families. I watched them nurture tiny seeds into baby plants that became the abundant harvest that we reaped. I watched them turn that beautiful produce into delicious foods that fed our families for many months. They taught me that we can always feed ourselves and our families if we have a garden. They also taught me that growing good food requires a reciprocal relationship of love with the soil, the plants, and the creatures around us. Without love and harmony in the garden, the harvest will never be as nourishing for the body or the soul. My goal is to bring the teachings that they shared with me to communities around the world to empower women and communities to grow fresh, nutritious, delicious food for their families regardless of climate or location. I am so grateful to these women, and every day I offer my prayers of thanks to them for the gifts they gave me. Thank you again for this award. Your recognition means so much to me and is very appreciated."


For more information about the awards and PARO, visit https://paro.ca/

Food Security Structures Canada & Kim Parker awarded 2021/22 UPS Global Impact Grant by Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation

March 10, 2022 - We are so honoured to have been selected to receive the UPS Global Impact Grant from the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation. The UPS Global Impact Grant aims to recognize entrepreneurs and innovators in marginalized communities making a social/environmental impact that transcends national borders through innovative products.

"The work we do at Food Security Structures Canada is driven by our team's care, passion and advocacy for food security. We are honoured to receive this grant and will use this support to reach out to more communities and entrepreneurs who would like to grow their own fresh food locally year-round from any location."

For more information visit https://www.ief-fie.ca/2022/03/10/announcing-the-2021-22-micro-grant-recipients/