In Toronto, racialized folks are three times more likely to be food insecure and twice as likely to grow up in poverty. This gathering is focused on issues of race and oppression in the food system and food movement. Dialogue around racism in the food movement will enable food sector workers to share strategies to tackle these issues, including changes to HR policies, recruitment systems, hiring structures, internal training systems, shifts in funding approaches, and more.
This food justice focused gathering seeks to centre the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) working in Toronto’s food system. We'll discuss how we can focus on and implement anti-oppression strategies in the food movement and food system. And we'll highlight and connect folks doing the work.
Please join us if you are involved in the food movement, work in the nonprofit sector, are an academic working on issues around food or work in the corporate sector (involved in CSR efforts and building anti-oppression strategies).
Food insecurity is complex. It’s more than geographic and economic barriers to food access. That’s why at FoodShare, food justice means working to dismantle systemic forms of oppression that exist in our food system and in our food movement.It means acknowledging that colonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy are some of the organizing principles embedded in our current food system, and work together to shape who gets a seat at the table, and who experiences the most food insecurity.For FoodShare, being a food justice organization means that we are aligning and evaluating our work to ensure that it drives at dismantling sites of exploitation within the food system and our food movement. We use an equity lens to seek justice, and food security, for everyone.
Welcoming statements from Suzanne Barr and Land Acknowledgement.
An opening ceremony with Carolynne Crawley and opening remarks from Paul Taylor, giving a quick overview of what equity and food justice look like at FoodShare.
Led by Dr. Valerie Tarasuk and Simran Dhunna, this research project looks for the first time at Canadian Community Health Survey data to analyze the intersection of race and food insecurity, looking specifically at populations of Black Canadians. This study has generated data that supports and characterizes the lived experiences of food insecurity within Black communities across the country. It is hoped that this data will now help organizations and groups tackling anti-poverty and food security better work alongside Black communities in Canada. Leslie Campbell of FoodShare Toronto will present key research findings and guide discussion.
Hear Karen Washington's keynote speech on food justice, growing and so much more.
Experience a performance by Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers (RAW)! RAW is a performing arts ensemble made up of Torontonians who identify as East and Southeast Asian women.
In this workshop, participants will identify the ways in which personal and structural biases impact belief systems and organizational policies related to food insecurity and racism. There will be a focus on knowledge creation, critical thinking and deconstructing power structures. Participants will gain tools to help identify bias in personal and professional settings as well as tangible strategies to disrupt bias.
This conversation is focused on individuals working within their own organizations to challenge racism and oppression. Panelists will share their experiences and discuss useful tools for embedding equity and food justice principles in their organization’s structure and operations. Attendees will leave the panel with a deeper understanding of how racism and oppression impact the food movement. Moderated by Ann Hui. Panelists are: Donald Corbiere, Toronto Public Health + Leticia Deawuo, Black Creek Community Farm + Cheyenne Sundance, Sundance Harvest + Karen Washington, Rise & Root Farm
folks from different sectors connecting and learning
insightful and catalyzing sessions
day of strategizing in service of food justice and equity