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"Celebrating the Past, Envisioning the Future”

About the Conference

Black Canadian communities experience high levels of food insecurity: a recent study found that almost 30% of Black households experience food insecurity, and Black households are 3.6 times more likely to be food insecure than white households.1,2 This level of Black food insecurity illustrates a lack of access to food, lack of control over their access to food, and the extent to which Black communities are structurally disadvantaged in Canadian society. However, a vigorous but under-resourced and community effort has been working towards Black food security for the past 25 years at least.

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“We want to be part of the whole sustainable food systems movement and get the resources to be food sovereign.”

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Anan Lololi

Founder of The Afri-Can FoodBasket

Speakers

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Aina-Nia Ayo'dele Grant

Community Resources Social Development, Finance and Administration City of Toronto

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Anan Lololi

Founder and Director of Afri-Can FoodBasket and Research Associate at Ryerson University

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Saché Jones

Member of National Black Food and Justice Alliance in America

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Malik Yakini

Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

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Edward Benote Hill

Program Manager of the EcoDistricts Accelerator Program and Development Manager of the Black Community Food Systems Initiative located in NE Portland

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Melana Roberts

Chair of Food Secure Canada

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Kirubel Tadele

Communications Officer, Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)

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Bashir Munye

Chef, Food Advocate and Culinary professor at George Brown College

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Leticia Ama Deawuo

Director of the Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF) and Instructor at George Brown College

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Sheldomar Elliott

Community Research Coordinator at the Black Creek Community Farm and Co-Chair of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

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Floydeen Charles Fridal

Executive Director of CAFCAN Social Services Inc

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Ginelle Skerritt

Executive Director of the Warden Woods Community Centre

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Together we will build an informed, sustainable framework for a Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Alliance grounded in purpose and intention

PROGRAM – DAY 1 Of 2 5:30 - 8:30 PM

Welcome remarks.............................................................5:30 PM

5:30PM - 5:55PM

• Land acknowledgment by Nicole Austin
• Libation by Nene Kafele
• Welcome Remarks by Itah Sadu
• Why develop a Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto & Why now?

 

BFS in the context of Anti-Black racism.........................5:55 PM
 

Black Food Sovereignty in the USA................................6:20 PM
6:20PM - 6:45PM

Afri-Can FoodBaket 25 year recap video tribute............7:00 PM
7:00PM - 7:15PM

The struggle for Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto....7:15 PM
 

Artist Performance............................................................8:00 PM
8:00PM - 8:15PM

Recap of the evening’s program.....................................8:15 PM
8:15PM - 8:30PM

PROGRAM – DAY 2 Of 2 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Welcome remarks.............................................................9:00 AM

9:00AM - 9:20AM

• Land Acknowledgement by Sheldomar Elliott
• Libation by Sipho Kwaku
• Summary of proceedings from day 1 by moderator Ginelle Skerritt
• Overview of the day’s Program and format
• Opening Remarks by Floydeen Charles-Fridal

 

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.........9:30 AM

9:20AM - 9:40AM

Addressing Black Food Sovereignty through the People’s Food Coop
Malik Kenyatta Yakini - Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN)

Black Food Sovereignty (Panel Discussion).................9:40 AM
9:40AM - 10:40AM


Black Food Sovereignty in Practice in Toronto - Melana Roberts
Food Sovereignty in Africa - Kabele Tadele
African Ancestral Foods Toronto - Abena Offeh-Gyimah

Video: Black Food Sovereignty in Toronto..................10:50 AM
10:50AM - 11:05AM

How do we build a Black Food Sovereignty.....................11:05 AM

Alliance in Toronto?

11:05AM - 11:35AM


Roundtable Discussion
Ama Amposah, Anan lololi, Bashir Munye & Edward Hill

– Clifton Joseph Session Moderator

Lunch Break....................................................................11:35 AM

BFS Policy Papers..........................................................12:00 PM

12:00PM - 12:20PM


Overview: Black Food Sovereignty Policy Papers - Melana Roberts

Breakout Rooms: Purpose, Guidelines & Format

Overview: Black Food Sovereignty Policy Papers - Melana Roberts

Targeted Discussions in Breakout Rooms...................12:20 PM

12:20PM - 1:00PM

Report back: What we heard?.........................................1:05 PM

1:05PM - 1:35PM

Next steps: Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Alliance......1:35 PM

1:35PM - 1:50PM

Wrap Up: Conclusion & Thanks..........................................1:50 PM

1:50PM - 2:00PM

Virtual Networking................................................................2:00 PM

2:00PM - 2:30PM

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