Welcoming The Workers That Grow Our Food


Spring and early-summer is an exciting and busy time at the Horizons of Friendship (Horizons) office, especially with the arrival of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Northumberland community. Since 2002, Horizons has been working with the Seasonal Agricultural Workers within Northumberland County.

In 2008, Horizons teamed up with the New Canadians Centre (NCC) in order to tackle issues facing the workers. Some of the key issues that the workers face are culture shock (transitioning from their home country to Canada), lack of financial and material resources upon arrival to Canada, isolation and lack of social life, and general unawareness of how to access a variety of goods and services available within the community. Together as a team, Horizons and the NCC have implemented a variety of programs and services that address some of the issues the workers face.

Our Projects

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Partner: Economic Development of Indigenous Mexicans (DESMI)

Location:Chiapas, Mexico

Project Title: “Working for our nourishment through sustainable agriculture”

Project Duration: May 2013 to December 2014 (On-going project)

Indigenous women from Canada and the Global South unite at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights to defend the rights of their communities

Indigenous women from Canada and the Global South unite at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights to defend the rights of their communities

Toronto, ON – Canadian Indigenous leaders will join their counterparts from Guatemala, the Philippines, Nicaragua and Panama for the Honouring Indigenous Women’s delegation to the 13th UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), May 19-23 to deepen the understanding of the impacts of the resource extractive industry on Indigenous women, and call on countries to fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The joint KAIROS Canada and Horizons of Friendship delegation will highlight

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Indigenous women’s leadership in protecting the environment and defending collective rights, including the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent (FPIC), in relation to mining operations in their communities. Indigenous women’s leadership is essential in ensuring the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples because of the important role they play in their communities.

Canadian delegates include Alma Brooks, Maliseet First Nation, from the St. Mary’s in New Brunswick; Joanne Jefferson, a member of the Stó:lô Nation in British Columbia; and Ann Marie Sam,  from Nak’azdli First Nation, adjacent to Ft. St. James in North-Central British Columbia. Sam chairs First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, a gathering of female chiefs, councillors and former chiefs who are working to reform the mining process in B.C.

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In Memory of Farley Mowat

Horizons remembers and honours the life of renowned writer, storyteller and friend Farley Mowat; one of Canada's most successful and internationally celebrated authors, a passionate environmentalist, and a long time supporter of Horizons of Friendship. Farley and his wife Claire are two of our Writers & Friends event originals.


Farley Mowat was the bestselling author of 44 books, including Never Cry Wolf, Owls in the Family, and Bay of Spirits. Nearly 20 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 25 countries. His recent book Eastern Passage has been referred to as “the last piece of the Mowat puzzle.”  Farley, you will be forever remembered and missed. Thank-you for your compassion and for your words.

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Our Spring Appeal showcase some of our reflections on a recent educational tour to El Salvador.


We are firm believers that change starts at home in our communities. That is why we have developed a full program here in Canada to connect and engage citizens in topics that matter. This includes programs to welcome newcomers to the local area, education events on global justice topics, travel & learning exchanges, and an annual award to recognize volunteers. We invite you to join us!


From July 23rd to September 7th, 2014

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Founders Award

The purpose of the award is to honour the volunteer commitment of individuals who demonstrate dedication and spirit, both locally and globally. In addition, this award celebrates the founding and development of Horizons of Friendship. Nomination Deadline is May 16th!