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The Gleaner: March 2021 Edition

The Gleaner is a round-up of blog posts, new stories, featured resources and important happenings 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, whose work we are delighted to highlight.

Learning Opportunities

Food for thought: Food insecurity in the context of Covid-19

COVID-19 has highlighted and exacerbated a number of systemic inequities that challenge Canada’s potential to build back better. One of those brought to the forefront has been food insecurity. Before the pandemic, 1 in 8 households in Canada was food insecure, with low-income communities and communities of colour being disproportionately impacted. This episode from the podcast  Beyond the Headlines  features Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, Jessica McLaughlin, Dr. Charles Levkoe, and Melana Roberts.


WEBINAR: March 17, join Food Secure Canada for a virtual town hall on the new policy advisory council

What happened at the first meeting of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, and how can we continue to push for healthy, just, and sustainable food systems, while increasing the space for participatory decision-making in the public interest? Join us on Wednesday March 17, 2021 @ 6:00 pm ET for an interactive town hall. Register here


Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 Years and Counting

Book cover This booklet dives into the long history of racist policies that have impacted Indigenous, Black and racialized communities in the province over the last 150 years since BC joined Canada. From BC Centre for Policy Alternatives.






Does your board need to be more diverse? Here’s how to do it.

After publishing her first essay on how to close the culture gap between board and staff, Meena is back with some more #realtalk about boards. This time, it’s about how to increase board diversity holistically — not just by the numbers. She reminds us that while metrics are important, they are only one component of a series of ongoing efforts.

Plus, Meena identifies and gives actionable tips around some key moments (like when you are recruiting, when you’re approaching, and when you’re integrating new board volunteers) so that you can really center diversity and inclusion. Read this!


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