Building Capacity for Reconciliation: Transforming Teaching and Learning through Etuaptmumk (Two-Eyed Seeing)

Dr. Cheryl Bartlett and Elder Albert Marshall
Workshop and public lecture to explore topic of Two-Eyed Seeing

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Mount’s Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) partnered with Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network to host Elder Albert Marshall and Dr. Cheryl Bartlett for the Mount Saint Vincent University President’s Visiting Lecture Series on Teaching and Learning.

A workshop and public lecture were held at the Mount on January 9, 2019, and examined how we as administrators, students, and faculty members appreciate and embed the contributions of Indigenous ways of knowing within our programs and institutions. The events focused on the topic of Two-Eyed Seeing, developed by Elders Albert and Murdena Marshall, which refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and learning to use both these eyes together for the benefit of all. To learn more about the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing, please click here.

Together with Elder Albert Marshall, Dr. Cheryl Bartlett and other Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Knowledge Holders, participants had the opportunity to:
• Begin a co-learning journey of their own to contribute to Reconciliation in Action
• Contribute to an understanding of how we as administrators, students, and faculty members can value and embed the contributions of indigenous ways of knowing within our own programs and institutions
• Build capacity to deconstruct and address social inequities that are both perpetuated by and ingrained in our education systems
• Explore opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration and intersectoral leadership to support our teaching and learning


If you weren’t able to attend or wish to revisit or share the content of the workshop and/or public lecture, please see below for videos of the day’s events:


Links to PDF versions of the presentations by Dr. Cheryl Bartlett, Elder Albert Marshall, and Robert Bernard, as well as a Harvest Report created for the event can be found below:

Etuaptmumk / Two-Eyed Seeing – Dr. Cheryl Bartlett and Elder Albert Marshall

Harvest Report

Mi’kmaw History in Nova Scotia Summary

The workshop was graphically recorded by Rachel Derrah of Brave Space. The following image summarizes the presentation and discussion from the day:

Graphic - Presentation and discussion summary by Brave Space

More photos from the events can be seen below:

Brought to you by: In partnership with:
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With funding support from:
MSVU President’s Visiting Lecture Series & First Nations and Inuit Health


Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change

Community-Based Research Canada presents a free webinar series called “Exploring why community-based research is an important mechanism for societal change”.

Presented by Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair)

This series includes three parts that look into the impact of community-based research from different angles: the Canadian context, an international perspective, as well as the path towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A report released a few months ago, Maximizing the Capacities of Advanced Education Institutions to Build Social Infrastructure for Canadian Communities, highlights the role that our universities and other post-secondary institutions can, and should, play in addressing the challenges and uncertainties that threaten social cohesion and community well-being in Canada and beyond.

The report points to existing institutional assets and capacities, which, when directed at building social infrastructure, can make a real positive difference for our communities and their citizens. In many respects, the report echoes the strategic priorities and operational plans of many of our universities and colleges. Yet the potential for collaborative initiatives and action still substantially exceed what has so far been realized.

This is the positive and evolving context and trajectory in which pan-Canadian organizations, like Community Based Research Canada (CBRC), see their mission and objectives. In this webinar, Stephen Dooley (SFU and CBRC Board) and Martin Taylor (CBRC Board Chair) describe the role that CBRC plays as an enabling platform and forum for sharing and disseminating best practices, supporting collaborative research initiatives, liaising with funding agencies, and promoting excellence in community based research. The discussion will draw on some specific place based examples of community based research projects.

The first webinar is on June 5th, 2018. Registration is now open through CBRC’s website.


Thesis Defence by Felicia Newell at FoodARC

On May 30th, 2018 Felicia Newell will be defending her Master’s thesis for the degree program MSc (Applied Human Nutrition) at FoodARC.

Felicia’s thesis title is “How and why do social ideologies, discourses and stigma at the institutional level contribute to the ongoing food insecurity and marginalization of low-income lone mothers in Halifax Regional Municipality.

This event is open to the Mount community and the public. We will be glad to see you there!

The Community-Campus Engagement Canada – Halifax Roundtable

Photo - Dr. Peter Andrée presentation
Dr. Peter Andrée

On May 17th, 2018 FoodARC proudly hosted The Community-Campus Engagement Canada – Halifax Roundtable. The event was led by the principal investigator of The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) research project, Dr. Peter Andrée (Carleton University). CFICE is a 7-year action research project that is focused on strengthening Canadian communities by improving community-campus partnerships.

The CCEC Halifax Roundtable is a part of the series of events hosted all over Canada with the intention of gathering a valuable input from the community-campus engagement (CCE) stakeholders.

The Roundtable started with welcome remarks by Dr. Patty Williams (FoodARC, Mount Saint Vincent University), discussion of expectation and goals, followed by an introduction of participants. After that, Dr. Andrée provided an overview of the CFICE project, insights from the CFICE symposium and answered questions about food policy, partnerships with provincial governments and integrated learning experiences for students.

Photo - Participants at the CCEC Halifax RoundtableDr. Andrée’s presentation was followed by a story sharing activity where participants partnered up and discussed their experiences in CCE. Participants were asked to outline the values and challenges of the experiences and bring them to the whole group. Some of the values included: adaptation, collaboration, sharing work, listening to communities, having fun and professional training.

The challenges brought up by participants included: institutional constraints, tired communities, funding, pace and purpose (misalignment of community and academia), power struggles, matching skills and needs, student only-oriented experiences, time struggles, continuity (with the cycle of students), decolonization (value of two-eyed seeing as a research tool), challenges in engaging with Indigenous communities (ethics, power, ownership of the results, research through the intersectionality lens).

Photo gallery

Presenter Dr. Peter Andrée
Presenters Dr. Patty Williams and Dr. Peter Andrée
Participants at the CCEC Halifax Roundtable
Participants discussing experiences in Community-Campus Engagement
Participants discussing experiences in Community-Campus Engagement
Participant at the CCEC Halifax Roundtable
Satya Ramen sharing with other participants
Participant at the CCEC Halifax Roundtable
Dr. Peter Andrée and Dr. Patty Williams with participants
Participants at the CCEC Halifax Roundtable


After the story sharing activity, participants were divided into small groups to complete the SOAR exercise that was focused on future visions and actions in CCE. Some of the recommendations developed by the participants included: utilization of positive international and national experience, a creation of shared language understood by everyone involved, transdisciplinary approach beyond the partnerships between communities and academia, leadership from “in-between”, advocacy on the federal level, a value of social capital and common fundamental purpose.


Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in our Institutions

Growing procurement of fresh, healthy, locally produced, sustainable food in our schools, universities, health care facilities, and day cares in Nova Scotia, builds healthy communities with healthy local economies. How can we support each other in the work we are already doing and plant new seeds for big ideas and further impact?

Mount Saint Vincent University hosted an interactive workshop connecting over 70 participants from various sectors across Nova Scotia, allowing them to share and learn from each others stories about the strategies and challenges they’ve faced in the journey of procuring fresh, healthy, locally produced and sustainable foods within institutions.

Harvest Report 2017

The Harvest Report includes the shared stories and key themes discussed in and around these stories, as well as steps moving forward. The Harvest Report is an important read for anyone facing challenges in ensuring their institutional procurement practices are centred around sustainability and wellness for the community as a whole. Click the link below for access!

Report Cover - Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in our Institutions: Harvest Report 2017


Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in our Institutions: Harvest Report 2017

The Harvest Report is the outcome of the interactive workshop and is a documentation of success stories, current strategies, and a list of next steps.

View the Report »
(PDF, 1.5 MB | 6 pages)

Download the event poster »
(PDF, 488 KB)

Kings County Food Summit

Participants talk about their ideas & vision for making community food security a reality in Kings County.
On Saturday, June 10th, over thirty residents of Kings County joined together in conversation to take action on community food security.

The event’ was organized by Duncan Ebata, The Spot Community Food Hub and Barry Leslie, Mud Creek Rotary Club. The event was facilitated and graphic recorded by Anne Stieger and Corrie Melanson.

Catherine Hart (FoodARC) delivered a presentation to frame the day’s visions, discussions, and action planning – “Food action: Addressing the roots of household food insecurity & supporting seeds of action to build community food security.”

The activities and conversations of the day took participants through a process of discovering, dreaming, designing, and action planning for new and existing projects in Kings County. The day provided space for pitching projects and ideas, time to discuss them in small groups and mind-space to depart with clear action plans.

Storytelling Sessions
Four event participants also played the role of storyteller during this morning activity. Attendees were invited to listen to one of four separate stories.

Discover: Community Strengths and Opportunities
Participants paired up and had conversations that were guided by three questions.

Visioning / Innovating to Meet that Vision
Participants were asked to dream big and imagine their preferred food- related future in small groups. Participants shared the components of their visions for empowering food for all in Kings with the larger group. Their responses were sorted into themes shared between and across group.

Action Planning
This final and crucial chunk of time is what everyone had been working towards throughout the day. Individuals involved with an existing project or bringing a new idea to the table were invited to host a conversation and action planning session about their project. Seven projects were brought forward; the conversations and progress was captured on visual templates and presented briefly to the larger group at the end of the session.

This regional gathering and conversation was hosted as part of the outreach project “Looking Back to Move Ahead,” which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is being led by FoodARC and some of its partners.

South Shore Community Gathering

Organizers: Sheila Bird and Dayle Eshelby
Co-hosted by: Facilitator Corrie Melanson of See Meaning and Catherine Hart a FoodARC Research Associate.

This regional gathering and conversation was hosted as part of the outreach project “Looking Back to Move Ahead,” which is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and is being led by FoodARC and some of its partners.

The project involves collaborating with local organizers to co-host a series of regional gatherings that serve as opportunities for outreach, knowledge and story sharing, action planning, and capacity building, and which focus on local priorities and interests.

Participants at the South Shore Community Gathering

The purpose of this gathering was:

  • To share stories and opportunities around making food matter in our community
  • To identify community food priorities to inform FoodARC’s visioning process and potentially spark local food initiatives
  • To gain clarity on the capacity of the community and FoodARC to support the implementation of community food initiative
Facilitator Corrie Melanson
Facilitator Corrie Melanson

The event’s twenty attendees introduced themselves with help from a meaningful photograph they selected upon arrival. Community members spoke energetically about where they were from, the role that food plays in their life, why they came, and what connected them to the particular photo they chose.

Catherine Hart introduced the Food Action Research Centre and shared the findings of the most recent cycle of Participatory Food Costing in Nova Scotia. The research is published in “ Can Nova Scotians Afford to Eat Healthy?

Participants had paired conversations, guided by questions. Attendees moved into groups to distill highlights, connections, and new insights.

We greatly appreciate the hospitality and catering by the Women’s Institute and we felt fortunate to work in a space like the Sable River Community Hall for this gathering.


Can Nova Scotians Eat Healthy? Launch of the 2015 Participatory Food Costing Report

Flyer invite to the March 2, 2017 FoodARC eventOn March 2nd, the Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) shared its most recent report on whether Nova Scotians can afford to eat healthy at an event hosted at the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

Since 2002, FoodARC and its partners have carried out participatory food costing every few years to examine the question: Can Nova Scotians with low incomes afford to eat a healthy diet?

This question is important because we have seen increasing food insecurity across Canada, and because Nova Scotia has the highest rate of food insecurity of all Canadian provinces.

Participatory food costing is unique in that people with experience of food insecurity (primarily women) participate in all aspects of the research process, including doing training and collecting data on access to a basic nutritious diet in grocery stores across Nova Scotia.

The FoodARC team would like to say thank you to all those who came out this morning to the launch of the 2015 Report on Participatory Food Costing.

Special thanks to the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre, Catherine Martin, Deirdre Lee, and Corrie Melanson for their enormous contributions to today’s event.

2015 Report coverCan Nova Scotians afford to eat healthy?
Report on 2015 Participatory Food Costing
– released March 2, 2017

View the 2015 Report »
(PDF, 4 MB)
View the Executive Summary »
(PDF, 323 KB)
View the additional Affordable Scenarios »
(PDF, 3.2 MB)
View the infographic »
(PDF, 2 MB)

Find this report and previous Food Costing reports in our projects section.



Photo - Life-size family models
Corrie Melanson created life-size family models for the event. The models communicate stories of families’ ability to eat healthy.

A collaborative dialogue about possibilities for shifts in policy to support healthy, just, and sustainable food systems for all

The launch of our 2015 Participatory Food Costing report was an engaging and interactive event where we shared our key research findings, and the impacts of two policy levers in addition to a set of recommendations that build upon our previous work.

At the heart of it, the release of the 2015 Report on Participatory Food Costing in Nova Scotia was for those who want to create a sense of possibility for shifts in policy to support healthy, just, and sustainable food systems for all.

We wanted to share what we heard back with you, those who attended and anyone else interested. Social media also played a role in the event, so we ‘storified’ the event, which we would love for you to check out and share.


Find out more about the research project: Looking Back to Move Ahead

Sessions by Stream: Resetting The Table 2016

Dr. Patty Williams presented ‘The Hand You’re Dealt‘ at the Food Secure Canada 9th National Assembly: Resetting the Table, for the stream session Food Security: Towards Zero Hunger.

Resetting the Table featured 50+ sessions to build skills, learn from experts, exchange views and develop our strategy to improve our food system. Resetting the Table offered a rich program of plenaries, networking meetings and more than 60 sessions spread out over 10 thematic streams.

The Hand You're Dealt: A board game about food insecurity in Nova ScotiaThe Hand You’re Dealt: A Board Game About Food Insecurity in Nova Scotia

Since 2002, the Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) has been examining the affordability of a nutritious diet in Nova Scotia using Participatory Food Costing. FoodARC developed a board game called The Hand You’re Dealt to communicate our findings and focus responsibility for food security on policy-based solutions.

The game has been played with family resource centres, food activists, student groups, high school classrooms, and health professionals, and has proven to be an incredible way to create empathy and challenge judgements about people facing food insecurity. In this workshop, you’ll play the game and discuss what it teaches us about how to communicate about food access in a way that captures people’s attention and transforms their perceptions.

You’ll also try out some supplementary tools for facilitating group game play and debrief, and talk about how you might use scenario-based pedagogical and communication strategies in your own work.

Building Self Reliance: Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in our Institutions

joshna chef jacketA talk with Joshna Maharaj, Chef and Activist

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Ecology Action Centre and FoodARC partnered with the Nova Scotia Departments of Agriculture and Health and Wellness to host an event on institutional procurement of healthy, just and sustainable foods in Nova Scotia at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

Nova Scotia’s institutions feed large numbers of people every day. Universities, schools, and health care facilities, among others, play a key role in nurturing local and sustainable food systems that support wellness and community economic development in our province.

At this workshop, Joshna Maharaj, Chef and Activist, shared her multifaceted experience in shifting institutional food practices, procurement and public dollars to focus on healthy, local and sustainable food.

Following the talk and lunch, those actively engaged in growing institutional procurement of healthy, local and sustainable food in Nova Scotia were invited to a special workshop to be mentored by Joshna and to learn from colleagues across the province.


If you weren’t able to attend or wish to revisit or share the workshop content, watch the video of the morning portion, including Joshna Maharaj’s presentation and local stories.


The workshop was graphically recorded by Brave Space. The following image summarizes the presentation and discussion from the day:

Graphic - Presentation and discussion summary by Brave Space at the Building Self­ Reliance workshop


Below you can see more photos from the workshop:



We have created a Facebook group for you to share updates about what’s happening regarding the institutional procurement of healthy, local, and sustainable food in Nova Scotia. Join the Facebook group to connect with others who are interested in making change.

During the workshop, participants were invited to share their thoughts on Twitter using #NSfoodshift. To view this discussion, visit Twitter and search #NSfoodshift.

Evaluation Survey

To build on the success of the presentation and workshop, we want to know what you thought of the event. If you attended the workshop, fill out this 3-minute evaluation survey to help inform and improve our efforts moving forward.

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