Program - Resetting the Table 2016

Resetting the Table, Food Secure Canada’s 9th Assembly in Toronto, October 13 - 16 2016, will have a place for you with 50+ skill-building workshops, tours, keynotes and networking opportunities.

We will weave into the Assembly opportunities to shape, and engage for, the new national food policy announced by the Trudeau Government.

Our Assembly programs are always a colourful mix of issues from across the country hosted by a wide diversity of people. The biggest complaint we get is that there is too much choice during break-out sessions!
 Get a bird’s-eye view of our program with this one page overview

This year, we have crafted several streams featuring a minimum of 3 events each on particular topics of specific importance to our members and to Canadians. These are by no means the only subjects that will be covered during the Assembly but will help us in advancing our work on these key themes. Some themes that will cut across the entire assembly include: food policy change, health, sustainability, collaboration for change, work across difference, and the role of youth.

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Agriculture: Farming for the Future

Canadians want to learn more about farming and to meet the people who grow our food. We shall look at a broad range of agricultureal issues from GMOs, to trade agreements, to the economic and succession challenges farmers face in Canada and abroad.  How can we begin to transition to more local, ecological and organic agriculture, and begin to move in the direction of food sovereignty?


Climate Change, Food and Waste

Between 30-50 per cent of greenhouse gasses are generated by the food system and yet we rarely hear about how shifts in our food system could be leveraged to reduce climate change. Food waste is a big culprit, as are deforestation, transportation and agricultural practices. What does the research say about food and climate change? What tools, practices and programs are addressing this issue? How are we working across sectors to address this complex issue? How can the next generation be empowered to become responsible food citizens?

Food Security: Towards Zero Hunger

Over 4 million Canadians live in food insecure households, and the problem is also growing worse internationally. Food insecurity will be a recurring theme throughout the assembly with topics ranging from the transformation of food banks to the adoption of advocacy strategies for higher incomes to keep these issues on the government agenda.

Food Justice Affects Us All

Household food insecurity in Canada remains unacceptably high (12.6%), and the rates are disproportionately higher for most racialized communities. While numerous food organizations aspire to work across diversity, they can fall short in practice, often perpetuating marginalization. What are the tools, programs and practices that are helping to address inequity and food justice in food systems and in the organizations / businesses we are building?

Food Policy: Bringing Civil Society to the Table

The Trudeau government undertook to “develop a national food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families”. What are the different perspectives that need to be brought to the table? How can we ensure that civil society is heard and the right to food protected? What are the next steps?

Healthy School Food: What's for Lunch?

Canada remains one of the only industrialised countries without a national school food program. Despite this, regional programs are finding innovate models for feeding children in schools. What are the challenges faced by school food programs across Canada and how are people resolving them? What strategies have been used to gain school board and government support for programs? What evidence and research has emerged recently to support school programs and what are opportunities for further research?

Global Food System: Canadian Connections

How do we reconcile global markets and increasing corporate concentration and Canadians’ taste for local food? What are food sovereignty movements doing globally and what is the future of agro-ecology? How can American and Canadian food policy advocates better coordinate their efforts in Ottawa and Washington? What is happening with international food policy discussions?

Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

The food movement continues to build momentum with creative ways to localize our food systems.  What has been learned about building infrastructure and businesses to bring local, sustainable food to those who want it? What partnerships are advancing this work? What can be done to scale up these efforts to reach even more people and markets? How is procurement by healthcare facilities, campuses and schools driving change? What are the opportunities available to support youth involvement?

Northern and Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Northern and Indigenous food systems are subject to many challenges that make it hard for people to get enough healthy and traditional food to eat: traditions have been displaced by colonialism; store bought food is expensive; climate change is decreasing the availability of country foods; and government programs are inadequate. What is working to address these challenges in communities, nations and regions across Canada?

Other Key Food Issues

It’s clear that the above streams don’t cover it all. This stream will explore other topics that raise current debates or tensions, and those that bring together an interesting cross-section of people, sectors and issues.

Join Indigenous leaders from across Canada exploring the front-line stories and struggles of Indigenous peoples as...

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Decolonizing the Table - An evening on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Thursday evening, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Ryerson University.

Speakers : Fulvio Gioanetto, Agroecology Consultant, Purépecha Nation; Joseph Leblanc, Food Secure Canada; Dan Longboat, Trent University; Dawn Morrison, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty; Leesee Papatsie; Feeding my Family, Nunavut.

Indigenous food systems are deeply connected to Indigenous economies, cultures, health, and wellbeing. Fundamental values of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and redistribution once guided relations in the diverse network of Indigenous foods systems across Canada. Across Canada, Indigenous food actionists are undertaking to decolonize of the body, mind, and spirit by rebuilding food sovereignty in their households, communities, and nations. This opening plenary will explore the front-line stories and struggles of Indigenous peoples as distinct nations who are working to build food sovereignty.

Canada’s New Food Policy: Opportunities, Challenges and Dilemma's

Friday morning, 9:00 – 10:30 am at Ryerson University.

Representative of the Government of Canada to be confirmed.

Joanna Kerr, Greenpeace Canada; Mustafa Koc, Ryerson University; Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union; Paul Taylor, Gordon Neighbourhood House. Chair: Diana Bronson, FSC

Starting with our history which began 15 years ago at Ryerson University, this panel will examine the opportunities, challenges and dilemmas involved in building a new food policy that will lead us in a more equitable, healthy and sustainable direction. From the family farm to the front lines of the struggle against climate change, the voices for food justice and human rights, these leaders will provoke Assembly attendees to think carefully about how we organize ourselves to achieve deep and lasting policy change over the coming years. Where have we come from and where are we going together?

The imperative to innovate: Solutions for food system transformation

Saturday morning, 9:00 – 10:30 am at Ryerson University.

Debbie Field, FoodShare; Jean-Martin Fortier, La Ferme des Quatre-Temps; John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus from the University of Missouri; Nancy Neamtan, Le Chantier de l’économie sociale; Bidakanne Sammamma, Deccan Development Society. Chair: Lauren Baker, Global Alliance for the Future of Food

As Canada moves towards developing a national food policy, how do we ensure it enables a healthy, sustainable and equitable food systems across the country? This will require new food systems innovations, as well as the scaling up and out of current initiatives. Innovation is a buzzword, but what does it really mean? What are the qualities of innovation, and what are examples from food or other sectors that embody these qualities? How can environment, equity and economics be brought into balance through innovation? This panel will explore these themes and more as we continue to build our movement.

Building the food system we want

Sunday morning closing panel, 11:00 - 12:00 am at Ryerson University.

Facilitators: Wayne Roberts, food policy consultant; Juneeja Varghese, co-chair, FSC Youth Caucus. Presenters: Kristie Jameson, Food First NL; Norma Kassi, Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research; TBC Joshna Maharaj, TVO; Tabitha Martins, University of Manitoba; Jane Rabinowicz, USC Canada

What bold actions will we take to create deep and lasting change? How will we work together toward action on comprehensive food policy? The closing panel weaves these threads into how we can continue to strengthen the food movement, change policy and build health, sustainability, economic viability and equity. Hear from food movement leaders from coast to coast to coast on what they’ve learned and how we can move forward as a movement.

Side events - Tours, trainings, meetings, events

Resetting the Table is also a great opportunity to enjoy site visits in and around Toronto.  Have a look at the list of site visits, namely at local farms, food banks and gardens that have innovative practices contributing to a healthy and sustainable food system. Visit the side events page and stay tuned for more details.

Trainings & Meetings

A number of trainings and meetings are organized in and around the Assembly to take advantage of having so many food movement actors converge from across Canada!