Building on Slow Fish International the Slow Fish Canada campaign will focus primarily on promoting artisanal fishing and neglected fish species. The campaign will also address issues such as access to good, clean and fair fish for consumers; fair remuneration and access to regional markets for small-scale producers; social finance and succession planning for fisheries; fair access to quotas by independent owner-operator fishing enterprises; and support of new and developing fisheries. Slow Fish Canada also plans to develop awareness campaigns around important issues such as aquaculture and eco-certification of seafood. Slow Fish Canada will raise awareness around salmon conservation by building on the Wild Salmon Manifesto, which was adopted by Slow Food Canada in 2006. Read more about the local Okanagan Sockeye Salmon in the Canadian Ark of Taste, please visit http://arkoftaste.slowfood.ca/okanagan-sockeye-salmon/.
Slow Food Canada’s Ark of Taste reflects Canada’s vast, diverse landscape of peoples and foods. It includes heritage breed animals such as the Canadienne cow, the Chantecler chicken, and the Tamworth pig. The Montreal melon and the Nova Scotia Gravenstein apple also take pride of place along with Tancook Island Sauerkraut. Together with Slow Food, dedicated farmers, millers, researchers and bakers have brought Red Fife wheat back from the brink of disappearance. Today Red Fife is grown from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and used by artisan bakers across the country. Particularly important for the Canadian Ark are foods from First Nations diets and cultures. These wild foods reflect not only food’s nutritional aspects but also the great importance of cultural knowledge and landscapes and the passing on of that knowledge. The Saskatoon berry, Miner’s Lettuce, the Nodding Onion, Bay of Fundy Dulse, and the majestic Great Plains Bison are important to various Canadian First Nations food traditions across Canada and are therefore vital additions to the Ark of Taste. Carefully selected foods are added each year through the help of dedicated Slow Food volunteers and the Canadian Ark of Taste Commission. Please visit http://arkoftaste.slowfood.ca/ for more information, and ‘like’ us on Facebook here.