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The Gleaner: May 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

[FILM] Food for the Rest of Us (part of DOXA 2021) | At home screening starting May 6


Across Turtle Island and beyond, young people are turning their anxieties into action when it comes to sustenance and the human relationship to food. Food for the Rest of Us follows four unique and inspiring food projects that are making a difference in their communities. Purchase a home viewing.


[CONFERENCE] Bringing the Salmon Home Festival | May 10 – 16



Join diverse guest speakers including Indigenous leaders, knowledge keepers, artists, writers, nutritionists, chefs and biologists for insightful conversations and presentations.




[WEBINAR] Showing up for Racial Justice: White Supremacy Characteristics: 20 year Anniversary Webinar | May 13


20 years ago, Tema Okun wrote the article, “White Supremacy Culture Characteristics.” Join Tema, SURJ and special guests to launch the new “white supremacy characteristics” website and share what we’ve been learning ​about white supremacy culture in these last two decades. Register


[CONFERENCE] Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy Conference | Governing Territorial Food Systems: Legal Obstacles and Opportunities | May 13 – 15


This conference will examine the legal obstacles and opportunities of building and governing territorial food systems as a means of addressing concerns, and shaping food system futures to ensure they are not only more sustainable and climate-friendly, but more just, healthful, democratic, vibrant and tailored to the landscapes people inhabit. Register


[GATHERING] Community of Practice Monthly Gathering | May 18



[READ] Food Access Across British Columbia


From February 3rd, 2021 to March 3rd, 2021, the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) conducted a survey on food access programming and organizations. A foundational analysis was done on the results of the survey in an effort to characterize and understand the current landscape of food access programming across British Columbia (BC). Read the final report.

[WEBINAR] Kevin Huang – A Seat at the Table: Chinese Canadian Foodways from the 1880s to a Post-COVID-19 Future | May 20


Webinar by Kevin Huang from the Hua Foundation on Chinese-Canadian foodways from the late 1800s to a post COVID-19 future. This event is part of the programming being done for Asian Heritage Month. Access Zoom details


[WEBINAR] What are the Implications for COVID-19 on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program & Food Security Rates? | May 27


During this discussion our panel will discuss the relationship between health and equity when it comes to food access, and provide the audience with insight into how the pandemic has affected food security in Canada, explain what the expected future implications are, and what needs to be done. Register




[WATCH] How to Tackle Food Insecurity in Canada



Learn more about the parallel problems of food insecurity in Canada and our continued reliance on food charity as a response in this new video from PROOF. Watch.



[READ] What does the Federal Budget Mean for the Food Movement?


The federal budget made significant investments to address Food Secure Canada’s goals: zero hunger, healthy and safe food, sustainable food systems as well as significant investments in addressing anti-Black racism and a number of priorities of Indigenous peoples. Read Food Secure Canada’s analysis.



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