Where Fogo Island’s been and where it’s going will be the focus of this weekend’s Fogo 2067 Conference.
The event will pay homage to the island’s past 50 years, from shirking resettlement attempts and establishing the Fogo Island Co-op, to establishing the province’s first amalgamated school and adopting a regional government structure.
It became known as the Fogo Process.
Susan Sherk, one of the organizers of this weekend's conference, worked with the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Extension Service 50 years ago,
“The island has been real leader in the province in terms of regional cooperation,” said Sherk. “This is a celebration of the people who really were believers in their area.”
The weekend will also focus on the next 50 years, with special emphasis on continuing a sustainable fishing industry, the development of green energy and enhancing the tourism experience.
The Beacon will have more coverage of the conference over the next few days.