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About the Conference

Learn about how Black community stakeholders are working hard to ensure that Black Torontonians are able to access healthy, nutritious food for their health and wellbeing.

On November 19th, we will explore exemplary Black food justice movements from around the world, celebrate the work of renowned Black food sovereignty advocates, and take the next steps in building an alliance following the release of the Toronto Black Food Sovereignty Plan.

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Presenters

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Anan Lololi

Chair of Black Food Sovereignty Working Group

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Dr. Jasmine Ratliff

Co-Executive Director, NBF JA

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Kweku Baffour

Communications Director, Food Sovereignty Ghana

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Amanuel Melles

Executive Director, NABC

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Nicole Austin

Black Student Engagement Coordinator, Urban Farm

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Zakiya Tafari

Executive Director, Afri-Can FoodBasket

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Kareem Bennett

Poet, Songwriter, Recording Artist

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER 19, 2022 – 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Opening Remarks................................................................12:04 PM

12:04PM–12:09PM

Land Acknowledgment........................................................12:09 PM

12:09PM–12:11PM

 

Libation.................................................................................12:11 PM

12:11PM–12:18PM

Panel.....................................................................................12:22 PM
12:22PM - 12:53PM

Audience Q&A......................................................................12:53 PM
12:53PM - 1:10PM

Black Food Sovereignty in Practice.....................................1:13 PM

1:13PM - 1:23PM

 

Honour Paul Taylor................................................................1:23 PM
1:23PM - 1:28PM

Break + Networking...............................................................1:30 PM
1:30PM - 1:45PM

Performance...........................................................................1:45 PM
1:45PM - 1:50PM

Break-Out Sessions...............................................................1:55 PM
1:55PM - 2:30PM

Group Discussion..................................................................2:30 PM
2:30PM - 3:05PM

Closing Remarks....................................................................3:05 PM
3:05PM - 3:10PM

Black Food Sovereignty Community Conversations

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Join us on Saturday, November 19, 2022 as we take a deep dive into the next steps in building a Black Food Sovereignty Alliance in Toronto. Come and explore how Black communities in Toronto may work collectively to ensure the success of the Black Food Sovereignty Plan.

Building on its leadership in advocating for a Black Food Sovereignty Plan, Black Food Sovereignty Toronto is joining with The City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit to host this online Community Conversation.

The Community Conversation will be hosted on Saturday, November 19, 2022, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM EST. It will focus on building a Black Food Sovereignty Alliance that will work on our behalf to make the Plan a success for Black families, farmers, chefs, and more. Join the dialogue on how we may establish sustainable food systems for Black communities in Toronto.

Featured speakers at Community Conversations Day 2 include Dr. Jasmine Ratliff, Co-Executive Director of National Black Food & Justice Alliance; amanuel melles, Executive Director of Network for the Advancement of Black Communities; and Kweku Andoh Baffour, Communications Director at Food Sovereignty Ghana.

The day will also feature a special presentation to honour the work of Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto; and insight from Zakiya Tafari, Executive Director of Afri-Can FoodBasket; Nicole Austin, Black Student Engagement Coordinator at The Harvest Collective and Learning Circle at the Toronto Metropolitan University Urban Farm; and Ginelle Skerritt a phenomenal human with a deep understanding of what it means to be an inclusive leader, especially for those who are most marginalized.

The event will be hosted by Itah Sadu, dynamic poet, author and community advocate, and feature a performance from Kareem Bennett, a Toronto-based poet, songwriter & recording artist.

Expect a day of rich learning, networking, and the chance to shape public policy for Black Torontonians. Win prizes from local Black vendors and meet other passionate community champions and activists.

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