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Hunger in wealthy Canada and the Right to Food: A conversation with Graham Riches

As charitable proclivities to donate to food banks have been in hyper-drive in response to COVID-19, including by the provincial and federal governments, Graham Riches continues to name a deep concern around how food banks prop up a broken food system in a pandemic context. He argues they are distracting us from the poverty reduction and income security policies it would take to uphold government’s responsibility to the Right to Food and progressively realize food security for all.

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Community of Practice conversations over 5 weeks of COVID-19

COP Nitya Wakhlu

Our Community of Practice was regularly scheduled to come together on March 17 – but of course, by then we knew nothing was going to be “regular” about our conversation. We’ve been meeting every two weeks since that conversation as food security, sovereignty, and justice efforts have been incredibly (re)deployed across so-called BC. Read gentle recaps of these conversations as we send them to the CoP list.

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Exploring our Wickedest Question of All | Supporting Indigenous Food Sovereignty Efforts on Unceded Land

Smoked Salmon - Indigenous Food Conference

Our Community of Practice isn’t shy about naming and working through the tensions in our food systems and movement work. In fact, this can be one of the most critical functions of any CoP. 

It was almost a year ago that we had this conversation as a CoP where we came up with 3 Wicked Questions in BC food work. The wickedest of them all; How can we simultaneously support Indigenous food sovereignty efforts while working on unceded territories within colonial structures?

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