CENTENNIAL DIALOGUES ON CRITICAL ISSUES IN LAND AND FOOD SYSTEMS
First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health (Continuing the Dialogue on Truth and Reconciliation)
Centennial Dialogues on Critical Issues in Land and Food Systems: First Nations’ perspective on history, food, and health. (Continuing the Dialogue on Truth and Reconciliation)
* In collaboration with the UBC First Nations House of Learning and the Department of History
Friday, October 17th 2014
12:30pm to 2:30pm (Program 12:30-2:00pm; Reception 2:00-2:30pm)
UBC First Nations Longhouse
1985 West Mall
Shortly after WWII, when knowledge about nutrition was still sparse, scientists in Canada took advantage of Aboriginal children in Indian Residential Schools (IRS) by using them as unknowing research subjects to investigate the effects of different diets and withholding dietary supplements. Evidence of these government-sanctioned experiments was recently published by food historian and UBC History alumnus Ian Mosby, and received widespread media attention across Canada. Now under the spotlight, attempts have been made to reconcile these past actions, provide support to survivors who were subjects in the experiments, and find ways to move toward a more civilized society for everyone in Canada.
The aftermath of these experiments still has an effect today in the lives of IRS survivors and inter-generational IRS survivors. Join us for a panel discussion about this dark era in Canadian history. Find out how UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems is working to address issues such as access to healthy food, food sovereignty, traditional food, food security for all and land stewardship.