Rights, Faith and Policy; a Public Forum on Migrant Workers’ Rights

Cooper Institute is holding an important event for the support of Migrant Workers in PEI and the Maritimes. Rights, Faith, and Policy: A Public Forum on Migrant Worker Issues will take place on Monday, March 27th, at 4pm at the PEI Farm Centre in Charlottetown: 420 University Avenue.

This event will bring together migrant workers, community organizations, faith groups, and provincial representatives to build capacity for action, policy, and solidarity on migrant worker rights.

The forum will begin with a panel discussion. Following the large group discussion, participants choose to participate in one of 3 concurrent streams. These streams address the 3 themes of the event:

  • Provincial Policies: the role of Provincial policies for migrant worker rights
  • Communities of Faith: Social Justice outreach with Migrant Workers – Hosted by KAIROS Canada
  • Community Solidarity: the role of organizations and individuals.

The day will conclude with a presentation of the strategies and next steps determined by each group.

Pre-registration is required; this event is free to attend, and lunch and snacks will be provided. Transportation support is available for migrant workers who wish to attend. Funds for child and elder care are also available upon request.

To register visit our EventBrite page, or contact Cooper Institute by emailing josie@cooperinstitute.ca or calling (902) 894-4573.


Nettie Wiebe on Global “Storming” and our Food System

Nettie Wiebe is on PEI to talk about food sovereignty and climate change at Cooper Institute’s annual social justice symposium, Saturday March 11, 1-4 at Milton Hall. (Everyone welcome!)

“It is up to farmers to change, but we only change our ways when you say to us: ‘Look, we want food that we know where it comes from and we know that the animals have been well treated and know that the land is taken care of. We want that kind of food,'” said Wiebe.

Read more here.

The Role of the Family Farm in a Healthy Food System

By Douglas Campbell – Doug is a second generation dairy farmer from Southwest Lot 16 where he farms with his wife Kathy, son Tristan, and nephew Tyler. Doug has been an active member of the National Farmers Union for the past 25 years, and is a strong advocate for family farms. He is currently the District Director of the NFU, Region 1, District 1. This is a presentation he gave at the PEI Food Security Network Annual General Meeting in the spring of 2017.

In 2016, the world has a population of 7.4 billion with a projected annual growth rate of 1.7%. For the first time in history, more people live in urban centres than in rural communities. Governments see this as a positive, as services can be delivered at lower costs to denser stela-and-reg-meal-in-the-fieldpopulations. Rural communities and the economy of agriculture have slipped into the background of their planning, seen as negotiable for the good of the bigger economy.

“When tillage begins, other arts follow; the farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.” -Daniel Webster, American orator. Continue reading