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I think what I really liked about it was that there is just belief in community capacity, like I am so used to working in systems where there is a lack of belief in community capacity. In First Nations Communities, we know what we need, we know how to do it, most times we have the capacity, we just do not have the capital.

Kelly Selkirk,
Open Hands Food Bank,
Fisher River Cree Nation

Photo: The NMFCCC Staff Team: Julie Price, Tasha Monkman, Cheryl Antonio, Alex Moodie, Kristy Anderson, and Amanda Froese 

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NMFCCC Coordinators

Currently 6 staff humbly work for the communities, collaborators, and Northern  Advisors of the NMFCCC. Staff carry out daily work of the NMFCCC with support from our network of partners. Staff contribute their own expertise and experiences throughout the work of sharing NMFCCC’s ways of working, our Theory of Change, values, and mission. Staff spend time cultivating and strengthening relationships with all partners and bringing different groups together. Staff are also responsible for ensuring good community support, coordination of all NMFCCC activities, and sharing out learnings and good news stories on our collective work to influence systems change.

Kristy Anderson

SHE/HER/HERS

Hello! My name is Kristy Anderson. I grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. My ancestors came predominantly from Europe. I also have Anishinaabe ancestors from the area in which I grew up and am a member of Lac Suel First Nation. Currently, I am living with my small family in a First Nation in Northern Manitoba.

I have been harvesting from the land and water with my loved ones for as long as I can remember. This way of life has instilled in me a deep love and respect for the Earth, fueling my passion to learn how to live in reciprocity with the land and my community.

I consider it an immense privilege to contribute to the vital work of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative as a dedicated staff member.

Cheryl Antonio

Tansi!

My name is Cheryl Antonio and I am a Metis grandmother from The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation.

I grew up on a grain farm to very hard-working parents. Not only did they work hard on the farm, they also had day jobs and volunteered in the community. Both my parents came from large families and I am very blessed to have many relatives.

I have worked primarily in education for the past 30 years or so, as an Educational Assistant, Truant Officer, and most recently as a Librarian. I’ve also had many secondary jobs in hotels, as a photographer and short film maker, as a DJ in a bar, website design, and more. I worked to raise my three sons to try and give them a barrier-free life. They are all adults now, working themselves, and I have the joy and privilege of being a grandmother to four beautiful children. I love sharing with them and teaching them about their cultures.

My life has also been busy with volunteering. I love to give back to the community. I love 4-H and have an amazing 4-H Club. This is where my introduction to NMFCCC came, through the 4-H community garden. I also volunteer for The Pas Arts Council, Home Routes, Storytellers’ Film Festival, AdventureSmart, the Manitoba School Libraries Association, the Manitoba 4-H Council, Culture Days, the Westoba Inspire Grant Committee, and ImagiNorthern. I love to plan community events and to help people. I am also involved with local MMIWG2S as it is personal to my family.

I love to garden and share what I grow or what I make from the food we produce. I also love to harvest from the wild and am known for my fireweed jelly and homemade bread. Being outdoors is key to each of my days. Our 4-H Club purchased beehives last year and we are learning so much about bees and making honey! Being food knowledgeable is important to me as I have been a diabetic for more than 30 years.

I am honored to be part of the NMFCCC team.

Tasha Monkman

SHE/HER/HERS

Hello, my name is Tasha Monkman. I was raised in Pine Dock, Manitoba. My husband and I have a home in the neighboring community of Matheson Island. Both communities are small Northern Affairs communities located on the west shore of Lake Winnipeg. We recently moved to our second home in Selkirk, Manitoba which is typically where you’ll find me working from.

My parents are both third generation commercial fishers. My family has deep roots in the local commercial fishing industry and in the area known as “the narrows” of Lake Winnipeg. Growing up I had the opportunity to learn how to harvest from the land and water. Together with my husband, we continue to carry on these traditions as we teach our daughter to love, honor and respect the land.

I spent many years working as a nurse in the Interlake area and most recently in Fisher River Cree Nation, where I am a band member. After having my daughter, I made the difficult decision to change my career path so that I could have a better work life balance for my family. Prior to joining the NMFCCC team, I worked as CAO for the community of Matheson Island. During my time as CAO, I was introduced to the Collaborative as a community partner.

I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to support community-led work in Northern Manitoba. I am looking forward to building relationships, sharing knowledge, and learning from all those I will have the pleasure of meeting along the way.

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Julie Price

SHE/HER/HERS

My background is of European ancestry and my relatives have been in Canada and United States for the past 4-6 generations. My mom is from a small mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. My dad was born in northern Manitoba, Snow Lake, Treaty 5 Adhesion, and lived in many different small communities growing up. I have been interested in food, farming, and community building since I was young. My mother’s parents, Ivan and Jean Adams, were influential people in my life and taught me how to care for the land, grow food, and be a loving community member.

My ‘formal’ education is in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management. While I appreciate the opportunity for institutional learning, time listening to Elders and community members has been extremely formative in shaping my worldview and I am grateful. I live in Winnipeg with my three teens and my partner. We spend time at the family farm, camping, exploring and appreciating the land. We are trying to raise our kids, and remind ourselves, to think critically, be kind, and keep it local.

Supporting the NMFCCC and community-led work is a privilege and responsibility that is not taken lightly. I am lucky to be part of this amazing team and to support community-led work.

Amanda Froese

SHE/HER/HERS

I am a queer settler person who grew up in a small Mennonite town south of Winnipeg. My mum and grandparents gardened and preserved their harvests for as long as I can remember. I am grateful to have many memories gardening with my grandpa and his love for growing fresh vegetables to share out. I now enjoy watching my mum pass on her knowledge and abundance of beans with my two nieces.

I moved to Winnipeg in 2014 to study at the University of Winnipeg. My experience working and partnering with communities around gardening, country foods programs, traditional teachings, and food systems in Northern Manitoba began in the Spring of 2016 when I started a practicum with Food Matters Manitoba. Over my two and half years there, I had the opportunity to support many gardening and greenhouse projects, build relations with community food champions, visit communities and their projects, and to organize networking and skill building gatherings, and supporting community to community visits.

I am very fortunate to be able to continue partnering with many of the folx I have met over the past years, to watch as projects evolve and grow, to continue to meet new people, to continue to learn, unlearn, to share what I have been taught, and to continue to support community-led work in Manitoba. I am honored to be a part of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative.

Alexandria Moodie

SHE/HER/HERS

Tansi, my name is Alexandria Moodie. I am an Indigenous Cree women from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in Treaty 5 Territory, where I currently residing and have been for a majority of my life. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children.

I started my Food insecurity journey when I started my role as an Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative worker and Canadian Prenatal Nutrition worker. I felt passion and emergent need for my community to have more access to learning and demonstrating for this much needed heart work.

I spent a lot of time out on the land with my loved ones growing up and learning about our traditional way of being at a very young age. Now as a parent I find my work in food sustainability for my children has come very important lesson in teaching them our traditional way and growing important milestones for them as they grow.

When I started my work with NMFCCC it was very heart felt to see all the projects in Manitoba flourish into such great workings to get traditions and food sustainability back in communities. Though, challenges always arise but seeing the pressures withstand obstacles and flowers bloom, you know the work is successful. My passion for this work only grows and flourishes my eagerness to continue my journey on learning about our Great Mother Earth. The teachings she has left for us and to continue to learn about.

I love creative share back and it’s my goal to be able to share the stories from communities so their impacts will be felt, seen, heard and appreciated. Because sometimes we forgot how important learning and receiving from the land is vital to our survival as humans. From nourishing our bodies to the wild energies that come from it for us to consume its vital love for us.

We need to support those that wish to do this work whole heartedly because their calling is to the land and waters. Because they feel the emergent need to sustain and build on what their vision is for their communities. My deepest respect to those that spend the time on the land, getting their hands in the dirt and feeling Mother Earths calling to continue working with their hands and bodies to sustain a future that was almost taken away.

I am grateful to be working for NMFCCC our teams is always community based collaboration that creates trusted valued relationships, reciprocity, shared learning, collaboration and we meet the community where they are at and we slowly build on their vision. We love hearing from our community partners and being a cheerleader for their community workings. It’s always exciting to hear from them and to troubleshoot whatever they seek our guidance on.

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