A meal to share

A seed by: Jonathan Langdon
Project: Calling our Ancestors Home
Jonathan Langdon is a writer, activist and Professor who teaches development studies at St Francis Xavier University, in Mi’kma’ki or Nova Scotia, Canada. His educational background includes a PhD in International and Adult Education, a MA in Creative Writing, and a BA in International Development and English Literature. He is currently the Canada Research Chair for Sustainability and Social Change Leadership. In 2022, he participated in the Arrivals Legacy Process, Ask the Mountain, and began a creative project entitled, “Reckoning with my past” that confronts the ancestral links his family has to the enslavement industry in Nova Scotia. He is currently developing a book from this project. Jon has edited Indigenous Knowledges, Development and Education (Sense, 2009), and written African Social Movement Learning (Brill, 2020). He has also published numerous academic articles and chapters that examine the themes of social movement learning, decolonizing pedagogies, and climate justice. Jon has shared his poetry and prose excerpts in diverse contexts, from the Monday Groove @ Ghana’s Socialist Freedom Centre, to Print Preview @ Antigonish’s Townhouse. Jon currently lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, with his partner, Liliona, his kids, Zya and Ny, and their dog, TK.


Arts for Social Change, Spoken Word, Literature, Poetry
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This image is from my Ask the Mountains online Arrivals process, from May 6, 2022; we were asked to prepare a special meal to celebrate our last online session. I decided to create a version of a Ploughman’s Lunch that I thought I could share with my ancestor, Reverend Daniel Cock. His life in the only recently established Truro, NS of 1770 would have been simple despite his status as the Presbyterian priest of this part of Nova Scotia. I feel we connect through music, and rustic, yet flavourful food.

What food would you share with your ancestor if they came to visit?

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