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48th Annual NFU Convention (2017)

November 23 to 25, 2017

We have lost more than a quarter of the farms across Canada and the average farmer age continue to climb. Many farmers are looking for ways to pass on their operations to a new generation of farmers. We have also lost, or are in danger of losing, many of the institutions that were and are vital to rural Canada. Renewal can mean many things but what the NFU will be exploring at this year's convention is how we can reimagine, restore and reinvigorate rural Canada.

National Groups Call for Ambitious Implementation of Canada’s Climate Framework

 
OTTAWA (September 14, 2017) - Today a group of national organizations issued an open letter to the Canadian government championing the swift and uncompromising implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth. 
 
In the letter, signatories offer their assistance to the Canadian government on implementing specific elements of the Framework.

NFU Urges MPs to support Bill C-262, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

(September 12, 2017 - Saskatoon) -  The National Farmers Union (NFU) supports and urges Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which calls upon the Canadian government to fully adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). 

Bill C-262 would require the Government of Canada to follow up its official endorsement of the UN Declaration with action to bring the laws of Canada into compliance with the UNDRIP.

Family farm groups from three countries slam NAFTA reboot based on TPP

(August 15, 2017) As the formal talks to renegotiate NAFTA begin in Washington, DC this week, family farm organizations from Canada, the United States and Mexico denounce the direction of the talks. Despite repeated demands by civil society organizations in all three countries, the governments have refused to open the talks to the public or to publish proposed negotiating texts. All signs point to negotiations designed to increase agribusiness exports and corporate control over the food system rather than to support fair and sustainable trade and farming systems. 
 
The Trump administration has stated its clear intention to continue its trend of putting multinational corporations’ narrow interests first by using the same blueprint that shaped the failed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

NFU endorses Tri-National Declaration on NAFTA renegotiation

The National Farmers Union participated in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, which was held in May 2017, and endorses the following statement:
 
POLITICAL DECLARATION OF THE ENCOUNTER OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS OF CANADA, UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
The participants in the Encounter of Social Organizations of Canada, the United States and Mexico, facing the likely prospect of renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), condemn this model which has seriously affected national development in a manner contrary to the interests of our peoples, the environment, and our democratic system.

OmniTRAX Inaction Cuts Off Churchill Indefinitely

July 13, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The Hudson Bay rail line to Churchill has been shut since late May due to flooding that damaged the tracks. The Denver-based OmniTRAX Inc., which owns both the rail line and the port of Churchill, has suspended the train until winter and perhaps until next spring. However, Keewatin Rail Company, the Indigenous-owned northern Manitoba railway, says it can repair the line within 45 days, not including bridge work, for approximately $2 million. This is further supported by photos taken by a couple of American motorcyclists who recently rode the rail line to Churchill. The photos show 14 wash outs, but the line is now dry and “looks fixable”.

NFU delegates head to La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference

Region 7 (Alberta) Convention 2017

Date: 
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 09:00 - 16:30
You are invited to attend this year’s NFU Region 7 (Alberta) Annual Convention which will be held on Saturday, July 29th, 2017 at the Waskatenau Community Centre, 5104 – 50th Street, Waskatenau, AB.  It will be followed by a Pig Roast/Potluck Supper at Cory Ollikka’s farm.  Overnight camping is available at Pine Creek Ball Park.
 
Registration will take place at 9:30 A.M.  
The Convention will commence at 10:00 A.M.

NFU endorses Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action

June 26, 2017 - Saskatoon, SK: The National Farmers Union (NFU) is proud to endorse Idle No More’s “UNsettling Canada 150” Call to Action. As people across Canada are celebrating the 150th anniversary of confederation, the NFU is convinced that this is a crucial time to be addressing both the historical and ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples.
 
“Now is the time for the federal government to take action to dismantle the systemic barriers that are compromising Indigenous peoples’ rights and self-determination,” said Ayla Fenton, NFU Board Member. “Kind words and consultations are not enough.”
 
The NFU therefore strongly supports Idle No More’s demands, including the full implementation of the calls for action laid out by both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Demande d’intervention urgente contre la luzerne GM