The RAVEN launch event on September 13, attended by almost 60 people, went extremely well. RAVEN team members, our project partners JEDI and NBMC, Indigenous and rural champions and collaborators, as well as researchers from Université de Moncton and Dalhousie University, spoke during the event. The food table included traditional bannock from St. Mary’s First Nation and fresh produce from the Hayes Urban Teaching Farm.
The launch was followed by a discussion of the RAVEN background paper as part of the UNB Rural Issues workshop series. The RAVEN team received many thoughtful comments about and critiques of our project, as well as feedback by email after the workshop. The team will be discussing the feedback at their September meeting with a view to refining and improving their project plans. Thanks to everyone who participated in the launch and provided feedback at the workshop!
Wolastoq Grand Council Chief Ron Tremblay who opened the launch event,
Edee Klee, New Brunswick Community Harvest Gardens,
Raissa Marks, NB Environmental Network; Rick Doucett, NB Federation of Woodlot Owners; Shawn McGrath, YSC Forest Products Marketing Board,
and David Perley, UNB Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, RAVEN collaborator.