2020 Convention - Calendar of Events
Workshops, talks, interactive programming and chances to connect start in early November. Scroll down this page and click on the coloured boxes for information about each session.
The formal aspects of National Convention, including elections, debates on resolutions, national and regional reports will be held November 26 – 28, 2020. Overviews are posted in the blue boxes below. Download the detailed convention agenda here.
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Check back here again, as new details are being added added as they are confirmed. Click here for the list of speakers and their bios.
Click here to register for the free webinar series, the keynote event with speaker Seth Klein or the full convention package. Everyone is welcome!
Download a PDF of the French version of the calendar here.
Start times posted are in Pacific Time. Please adjust for your own time zone.
Virtual Book Table! Buy your books from Saskatoon’s independent bookseller Turning the Tide! They normally table at our Saskatoon conventions. This year they have curated a special selection for us at their online bookstore . Use the promo code NFU2020 at the checkout to get 50% off shipping on orders over $50 or free shipping on orders over $75.
Tue., November 3
Agroecology Fits!Does farm size matter when it comes to putting agroecology into action? In this webinar, Dr. Martin Entz will talk about his research on natural systems agriculture work. He focusses on designing sustainable, productive and resilient agricultural systems that empower people on different sizes and types of farms across Canada and internationally. You may be surprised to discover how well agroecology fits your farm!
Thu., November 5
Farm Labour Affects Us AllThe treatment of migrant workers has deeply impacted all farmers, even those of us who do not rely on migrant workers. Migrant workers are denied basic statutory labour rights and are often subject to degrading and unhealthy living conditions while in Canada. That is why the NFU has joined calls for regulatory changes so that migrant workers can change jobs without threat of deportation, have full access to health care and other employee benefits, and be granted permanent residency status. Join us to learn about how you can support just and fair agricultural labour in Canada.
Fri., November 6
Tue., November 10
Indigenous solidarity: Past, present and futureThe National Farmers Union is committed to reconciliation: being truthful about our own history is vital for that process. Historian Sarah Carter's work provides a foundation for understanding today’s issues around decolonization and reconciliation, and sheds light on how the policies of yesterday have profoundly shaped today’s reality. Dawn Morrison will connect our past with our present, and will invite us to consider how Indigenous and non-Indigenous understandings of food sovereignty can bring about a more just future. Hosted by the NFU's Indigenous Solidarity Working Group.
Thu., November 12
Seeding the Public InterestIt all starts with a seed …. But how do we know that the seed we plant will grow well and produce a good crop? Canada’s seed system was originally created to prevent unscrupulous dealers from selling low quality, dirty, or diseased seed to farmers. NFU seed expert Terry Boehm and Ken Larsen will share their knowledge about how the many parts of our seed system work together to deliver the seed we need.
Fri., November 13
Sat., November 14
9:00 am to 12:00 pmKids
Kids’ ActivitiesHave your kids discover treasures right in your own backyard, and learn the art of sit-spot practice.
2:00 pm to 6:00 pmCaucus
Youth CaucusJoin Youth from Coast to Coast to address issues facing young farmers and plan youth activities for the upcoming year and beyond. This dynamic youth caucus is open to youth ages 14 to 35. Your voice will be heard and your energy will be put to work!
Sun., November 15
8:00 am to 1:00 pmCaucus
Women’s CaucusIt's not just women! Connect with people of all genders across the country. Talk about issues affecting your lives and actions we can take together, on a systemic level, to change the systems that aren't working on behalf of us, as people.
Mon., November 16
It’s Not You – Taking Action on Rural Mental HealthThe systemic, intentional degradation of the family farm and the hollowing out of rural and remote communities has been a significant driver in creating the grinding stress that agricultural people live with. The NFU has been resisting the corporatization of agriculture for 50 years, partly because we knew this would be one of the results,
Tue., November 17
The Climate Crisis and Agriculture: The Global View and On-Farm ResponsesHow will climate change affect our farms? How might it affect government policies? How can we build resilience? How can we reduce emissions? What can I do on my farm? Janet Ranganathan, Vice President for Research, Data, and Innovation at the World Resources Institute will lay out the big-picture in terms of global and North
Wed., November 18
Thu., November 19
Mooove over Cargill!Corporate consolidation in the livestock sector has made things worse for farmers, workers, consumers, and the ecosystem. Speaker Devlin Kuyek will look at how Canada’s livestock and meat system changed from a dispersed, regional, Canadian-owned sector to the highly concentrated, foreign owned system we have today – and the impacts this change has had. Tony
Fri., November 20
Sat., November 21
2:00 pm to 4:00 pmCaucus
International Program Committee MeetingJoin the International Program Committee of the NFU to hear about the work we’ve done over the past year and to participate in planning for the coming year. The meeting will include international updates on La Via Campesina and the Civil Society Mechanism, and local updates from the Migrant Worker Subcommittee and the Indigenous Solidarity
Mon., November 23
11:00 am to 2:00 pmCaucus
BIPOC Working GroupLet’s meet and organize! BIPOC farmers and eaters from coast to coast will meet to talk about creating a BIPOC group within the NFU. All ages are welcome. Members and non-members are invited, but for this first meeting, we ask that only people who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) attend. We’ll
Wed., November 25
4:00 pm to 6:30 pmConvention Day
Convention begins – 2020 ReflectionsWhew! 2020 is nearly over, and we can start looking at it in the rear-view mirror. Our first session begins at 4 PM Pacific time (adjust for your time zone). Log-in for a time of welcoming, sharing and visiting with your fellow-conference goers. 2020 Reflections The pandemic, climate change, and world politics have all made 2020
Thu., November 26
Keynote presentation: Seth Klein: A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” — Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine One of Canada’s top policy analysts provides the first full-scale blueprint for meeting our climate change commitments Contains the results of a national poll on Canadians’ attitudes to
9:00 am to 2:00 pmConvention Day
Convention Day including “Vision for a Post-COVID Food System”This first full day of Convention starts at 9 AM Pacific time (please correct for your own time zone) Envisioning a Post-COVID Agriculture and Food System COVID -19 has shaken our world. It has exposed vulnerabilities, weakness and injustice as well as people’s resilience, strengths and ability to care for one another. As lives are
Fri., November 27
9:00 am to 2:00 pmConvention Day
Convention Day including “Zooming Out: NFU and global solidarity”This second full day of Convention starts at 9 AM Pacific time (please correct for your own time zone) Zooming Out: the NFU and Global Solidarity Members of the NFU’s IPC Committee will provide a primer on the international solidarity work of the NFU! Through a series of “snapshots”, presenters will take you through how
Sat., November 28
9:45 am to 2:30 pmConvention Day