Northern Ontario in a Climate-Changed World

Exciting news! In conjunction with the Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre and Keewaytinook Okimakanak, a conference focused specifically on the challenges and opportunities for northern Ontario in a climate-changed world is being held in Red Lake on April 20 and 21st.

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Guest Speakers include:

  • Groundbreaking social entrepreneur and author of “An Army of Problem Solvers” Shaun Loney will be discussing Social Enterprising (via video)
  • Chief Jim Leonard from Rainy River First Nation
  • The Honourable Robert D. Nault, Member of Parliament
  • Ian Staley from Ministry of Natural Resources will be discussing climate change and its effects on forest fires.

On Thursday, April 20, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, the speakers will be discussing climate change and sustainability. Local gardening, foraging, composting and traditional knowledge will be shared by local experts Chrissy St Jean, Barb Laverdure, Kaaren Dannenmann, and Ian Mochrie. Donald Meekis and Alan Kakepetum will be discussing ice roads in a time of climate change. Jaclyn Shewchuk from the Northwestern Health Unit will discuss Nutrition and Food Sustainable Programs. Golden Learning Centre will present on their Ontario Eco-school certification. Local author and climate-concerned parent Christine Penner Polle will discuss taking action to preserve a livable future.

From 9 am to noon on Friday, April 21, Chief Leonard, the Honourable Robert Nault, and Dr Mark Polle will be discussing alternative energy, funding and green building. Local expertise will be shared by Mayor Phil Vinet and Ted Novak.

Click here to view full schedule.

Next TRL Meeting Wednesday March 22nd at noon

Wednesday March 22nd at noon on the ground floor of Living Hope (off Highway 105 behind the Red Apple store) is the next Transition Red Lake. We will be continuing to plan for 2017, including the upcoming Climate Change Exhibit and Conference April 20 and 21st in Red Lake.

All are welcome to drop in and join the conversation. Bring a bag lunch, there will be coffee and hot water for tea, and Dayle has promised to bring soup to share.

Next TRL Meeting Wedns February 22 at noon

Wednesday February 22nd at noon on the ground floor of Living Hope (off Highway 105 behind the Red Apple store) is the next Transition Red Lake. We will be continuing to plan for 2017, including the upcoming Climate Change Exhibit and Conference at the Red Lake Heritage Centre.

All are welcome to drop in and join the conversation. Bring a bag lunch, there will be coffee and hot water for tea. And possibly even fresh bagels if Christine gets organized!

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The Great Red Lake Squash-Off Table during the Harvest Festival, September 2016

First TRL Meeting of 2017 Coming Up!

This Wednesday January 25th at noon on the ground floor of Living Hope (off Highway 105 behind the Red Apple store) is the first Transition Red Lake meeting of 2017. On the agenda will be planning for the new year, including:

  • Harvest Festival – do we want to organize one in September?
  • Liaising with farmers and posting announcements for summer Farmer’s Markets
  • Community gardens in RL & Balmertown – do we want to be involved as an organization?
  • Garden tours – should they be on our to-do list this summer?
  • Upcoming climate change display and conference at RL Heritage Centre
  • Recruiting two new TRL board members

All are welcome to drop in and join the conversation. Bring a bag lunch, there will be hot water for tea.

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Harvest Festival Celebrates Local Food

Hearty Red Lakers were not discouraged by rainy weather, and came out to check out the displays of rabbits and chickens, local spinning, fish smoking and bannock-making. Children and parents were entertained by a steady stream of guest readers in the reading tent, including Association francophone de Red Lake member Marielle Pellerin, school librarian Phyllis Van Dusen, several of the English River Miners hockey players and OPP officer Josh Klug.

The Red Lake Squash Off competition chose this years winners for size, girth, and beauty. Local gardeners brought produce to share, and local schools created harvest scarecrows to decorate Centennial Park.In the gardening contests, Agathe Breton-Plouffe won the prize for largest zucchini, the Daryl and Karen Enns family won for weirdest carrot, and Suzanne Daigle took the award for the largest garlic.

Local musicians Agathe Breton-Plouffe and Jada Siwak serenaded attendees after a reading by local author Kathy Tetlock. Tetlock read from her most recent book, This Land, This Water.