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A U of G field course designed to highlight food sustainability efforts in Yukon was featured in a report by CBC North, as well as a video report on the CBC North Facebook page.

The article looked at the Field School on Food Security in Northern Canada run by U of G’s Guelph Institute of Development Studies, which was held for the first time this spring in Yukon.

The experiential course, coordinated by Lauren Sneyd, a lecturer in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, provides students majoring in international development studies and other disciplines with new perspectives on food security and development issues in Canada’s North.

For two weeks, students travelled in and around Whitehorse, Yukon, interacting with First Nations peoples and settler communities to learn more about foodways in the territory. They visited farms and restaurants and hiked the Whitehorse hills to find several examples of edible wild food, including pasture sage, rose hips, dandelions and spruce tips.

They also explored topics including food entrepreneurship and food governance to better understand food security issues in the North.