Capturing the Social Justice movement in Kamloops, after the World War II, is the basis of a potential book being put together. A group of people have gathered to capture this information from people and organizations involved in the Kamloops area. The definition of Social Justice is still a work in progress but these few statements might help, “To provide resources and opportunities for better outcomes”, “Fair distribution of wealth and resources”, “Inclusion of all people”, “Social and community responsibility for the whole of society”.
Specific themes on education, finance, housing, transportation, child care, and food security are being pursued. This group, comprised of Sheila Park, Trish Archibald, Sheila Smith, Sheila Nelson, Marion York and I are seeking contacts for Kamloopsians and organizations that have worked on projects, or affected policies/legislation, or advocated for changes that support social justice. I have been asked to seek contacts for Food Security.
Here are examples that might assist in thinking of possible contacts.
The Kamloops Food Policy Council has supported several demonstration projects (Community Kitchens, Public Produce, Gleaning Abundance Program) that look at different ways of redistributing resources and wealth to benefit everyone. As a result, changes such as inclusion of Food Security in the Kamloops Plan, creating an agricultural and urban agricultural plan, will hopefully embed food security for the long term. Who were the initial organizers of the KFPC and what was the context at the time that this need was identified?
Or, the Farmers’ Markets are not only venues for local farmers to sell produce, it stimulates an interest in food security through the ability of being able to produce local food; to encourage farming as a career; and to protect the agricultural land base. Some may assume that access to local food is a given but was that always the case? How did the Farmer’s Markets start and what other factors were influencing changes?
If you know of a possible contact, please have them call me or email me.
Rose Soneff, Global and Community Action Team, Kamloops United Church
(home) 250-377-6887 firstname.lastname@example.org