Continuing the Fogo Process
Conference to review past and future 50 years
FOGO ISLAND, NL — Fogo Process 2067 and the Fogo Island Joint 50th Anniversary Planning Committee are planning for the Fogo Island Futures Community Development Conference and Think Tank.
The event is to be held on Fogo Island Oct. 19-22. Open to all residents of Fogo Island past and present, plus friends from Labrador and the Northern Peninsula, the conference is part of a year-long series of events commemorating the Fogo Process and the establishment of the Fogo Island Co-operative Society Ltd.
Coast of Bays—Central— Notre Dame MP Scott Simms will act as honorary chair. The conference will be chaired by George Lee, former associate director, Memorial University Extension Service.
The conference has been designed, and is presented by Fogo Process 2067, a notfor-profit community-based think tank, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, MUN, Dr. Lisa Rankin, director. The conference planning committee has collaborated with Dr. Tony Fang, (Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural and Economic Transformation) and full professor, Department of Economics. Conference planning and implementation has been greatly assisted by the Fogo Island Joint 50th Anniversary Planning Committee, consisting of the Fogo Island Co-operative Society Ltd., the Shorefast Foundation and the Town of Fogo Island.
The agenda will include reviewing successes of the past 50 years, as well as articulating “lessons learned” that may be applicable to Fogo Island and beyond during the next 50 years.
The opening theme of the conference is “Where are we, and wither tending,” and the futures theme of the conference is “A New Start for Rural and Remote Communities through regionalization, green energy and innovative immigration.”
In addition to local, provincial and federal resources, the conference will include presentations by international participants from China, Thailand, and the U.S. The closing session of the conference will honour and present the “Warriors of Fogo” awards to the founders of the Fogo Island Improvement Committee and the Fogo Island Producers Cooperative, who joined forces in the battle to save Fogo Island from “resettlement.”
A premiere screening of the film “Warriors of Fogo,” directed by Emma Parent, edited by Justin Simms, and created and privately funded by Ian Strachan, will be presented.
Although open to the public, pre-registration is necessary and can be done through Paddy Barry no later than Oct. 12 by calling (709-627-3452) or through email (paddybarry@ nf.aibn.com).