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October 2021: Food Justice Stories, Funding, Learning & Resources


An offering of food justice stories, news, resources and learning opportunities from the BC Food Security Gateway.

The Gateway supports knowledge exchange and collaboration to address food security in BC, including hosting an amazing Community of Practice.

Opportunities, Resources, and Learning


[JOB POSTING] Food Security Coordinator, Provincial Health Services Authority



[LISTEN] Why eliminating food insecurity requires dismantling anti-Black racism


This special podcast presentation explores a recent study, “Black–white racial disparities in household food insecurity from PROOF in partnership with FoodShare Toronto.




[READ] Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Plan


City of Toronto’s Black Food Sovereignty Plan, the first in so-called Canada, responding to the need for immediate and comprehensive action to address the food insecurity experienced by many Black Torontonians.

Read the Plan


[READ] First Nations, Food, Nutrition and Environment Study


Key findings and recommendations for decision-makers from a study to address knowledge gaps about the nutritional adequacy, quality and safety of traditional foods.


[READ] Community-Centered Food Support and Care for All: Transforming Dignified Food Access in Vancouver


A sharing back of conversations from food justice advocates in Vancouver on dignified approaches to food access programs.




[WATCH] Examining Whiteness in the Food System


The webinar focused on how white dominant cultural narratives play out in food insecurity and food access in the United States.


[FUNDING] United Way British Columbia Food Infrastructure Grant | Apply Until December 15


This one-time Food Infrastructure Grant will fund the development, implementation, or improvement of food infrastructure to support year-round, long-term procurement, storage and distribution of fresh, traditional, and other food and enhance community well-being.

Learn More and Apply


[FUNDING] Indigenous Priorities Granting Program | Applications Open November 15


Vancouver Foundation is committing $750,000 to the  to provide flexible, one-time grants to First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities, and Indigenous-led organizations operating in the lands now known as BC. Grants are available up to $50,000 and are to support Indigenous-led initiatives that encourage community inclusiveness, belonging, and healing.

Learn More


[ATTEND] Festival of What Works | November 2 – 7 (Virtual)


The Festival of What Works is a unique, days-long, online celebration of community-led approaches to living well in place here in Salmon Nation—from the northern California coast to the slopes of Alaska and between.



[ATTEND] What’s Up with White Women? | November 4 (Virtual)


Book launch exploring the historic and current role of white women in relation to the anti-oppression work.







[ATTEND] Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Thinking with the Land |November 15 (Virtual)


This virtual Masterclass connects a small group of UBC students with Leanne Betasamosake Simpson to discuss her writing, music and current work. The class is free and open to the broader UBC community.



[GATHER] Community of Practice Monthly Gathering | November 16 (Virtual)



[ATTEND] Setting the Table for Food Justice | November 23 (In-Person & Virtual)


Lecture by Dr. Tammara Soma whose woman-led research lab is focused on centring equity, justice, and particularly the voices of Indigenous partners in shaping our collective vision to achieve sustainable, decolonized and just food systems for all. Informed by the Islamic and Indigenous teachings that food is medicine, she will showcase why worldviews matter when it comes to planning for food.



News Highlights