Resetting the Table Program - Thursday, October 13

Tours - Thursday, October 13, all day

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.

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Trainings & Meetings - Thursday, October 13

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.  Unless indicated, they are by invitation only.

Cultivating our Capacity - Municipal Regional Food Policy Network Meeting 

8:30am - 4:00pm at Ryerson University - Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham House OAK 

Host: Sustain Ontario

The day brings together community leaders and municipal staff from across the province who are engaged in initiatives to strengthen local food policy and systems. This second annual meeting of the Municipal Regional Food Policy Network is in response to the enthusiastic feedback we received from our June 9th 2015 Growing a Local Food Strategy network meeting in Guelph.

Over the past year, Sustain Ontario has conducted research and developed resources on key topics identified at the last meeting. Now we are bringing together the larger network to share our findings, highlight work from 2-3 experts in each key focus area, and strategize for moving forward.

Six key focus areas with panel discussions and breakout sessions: Local Food Procurement; Food Waste; Urban Agriculture; Farmland Preservation; Evaluation of Food Initiative Outcomes; Integrating Food Policy/Programs into Local Government.

The Ecological Farm Internship Workshop: Models, Experiences and Justice

9:00am - 5:00pm at Father Madden Hall (Carr Hall) 100 St Joseph St., University of Toronto

Host: Food and Labour

This workshop brings together farmers, interns, food and agriculture activists, researchers and legal experts to participate in an interactive discussion about the opportunities and challenges associated with emergent forms of farm work and training.

Registration: $10

Inland Small Scale Fisheries Meeting

9:00am - 11:00am at Ryerson University - Layton Room, Oakham House OAK

Host: Arthur Bull, Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre

The Inland Small-Scale Fisheries Learning Circle has been meeting for the last two years as part of the Small-Scale Learning Circle Project to provide a forum for sharing information, strategies, common issues and solidarity between fishing communities engaged in inland fisheries. Its membership has included small-scale fisheries organizations, including Indigenous communities in North, South and Central America and Africa, as well as researchers who are working with these communities.

Coalition for Healthy School Food Meeting

10:00am - 5:00pm at Ryerson University - Thomas Lounge, Oakham House OAK

Host: Food Secure Canada

The Coalition for Healthy School Food, a group of over 30 organizations from across the country, will meet to push forward its advocacy goals and advance its work toward a national, universal healthy school food program.

*This meeting is only open to members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food.

Indigenous Prayer Circle

11:00am - 12:00pm at Ryerson University - Quad (KH)

Organized by the Indigenous Advisory Circle to Food Secure Canada. All Assembly participants welcome!

The Indigenous prayer circle will set the spiritual intention of the Assembly and will include a formal welcoming into the traditional territory from an Elder of the Mississauga New Credit. The prayer circle will bring us together as one mind to collectively remember and let go of our beloved late Cathleen Kneen who is on another journey in the spirit world.

Getting to an Abundance Mindset in Health Care Food Service

1:30pm - 4:30pm at The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) - Spadina, 215 Spadina Ave

Hosts: Nourish: The Future of Food in Health Care, Duck Goose Strategies, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and Food Secure Canada

Participatory workshop using a systems thinking approach to reimagine food service in health care to enhance patient experience, organizational culture, and community wellbeing to build more resilient local food systems.

*Pre-registration required. Contact Jennifer Reynolds for details.

Northern Networking and Information Sharing Gathering 

12:00pm - 5:00pm at Ryerson University - Margaret Laurence Room, Oakham House OAK

Host: Arctic Institute for Community-Based Research

This gathering of northerners will discuss the possibility of holding northern food summit to examine common issues, share best practice and plan for future collaboration.

Sustain Ontario’s Annual General Meeting

4:30pm - 6:00pm at Ryerson University -  Layton Room, Oakham House OAK

Sustain Ontario's membership will gather for the organization's Annual General Meeting to celebrate highlights of its first year as an independent not-for-profit, to learn about dynamic initiatives shaping food and farming in Ontario, and to elect new Board members.

*Open to all Sustain Ontario members.

Light refreshments will be served.

Indigenous delegates - Meet and greet prior to Decolonizing the Table

5:00 - 6:00 pm in Ryerson Theatre

Host: Indigenous Advisory Circle

Sessions - Thursday Afternoon, October 13

Streams to Rivers: Indigenous Inland Fisheries Struggles and the Canadian Food Sovereignty Movement

1:30pm - 3:00pm at New College - William Doo Auditorium

Presenters: Arthur Bull, The Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre; Sherry Pictou, World Forum on Fisher Peoples

How can we connect Indigenous inland fisheries' struggles with the Canadian food sovereignty movement? This session will be a sharing circle aimed at exploring how we can draw upon our past experience to create a space for sharing stories and strategies, and building solidarity between Indigenous inland fishing communities while building alliances with the wider food sovereignty movement. This session will also look at how connecting with international movements, such as the small scale fisheries movement, can help to make this a reality. 

Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the Americas 

3:30pm - 5:00pm at New College - William Doo Auditorium

Presenters: Sherry Pictou, Bear River First Nation; Filiberto Penados, Mayan scholar; Michael Sacco, founder of ChocoSol Traders; and students from the New College Belize Program. Moderator: Lori Stahlbrand, University of Toronto

Indigenous peoples across the Americas are struggling with many of the same issues around food sovereignty, heritage foods and spiritual food traditions. They also share many farming, fishing and foraging practices. This panel presents perspectives from Mexico, Central America, and the East Coast of Canada.

Dangerous Ideas: Bringing the Sacred into our Activism

4:00pm - 5:30pm at Ryerson University - Room ENG 105

Presenters: Jodi Koberinski, Beyond Pesticides; Desmond Cole, journalist; Dan Longboat, Trent University

The Dangerous Ideas Festival challenges our underlying assumptions about "what is so" and allows us to envision "what is possible”. Join two well-received and distinct voices in the region, Desmond Cole and Dr. Dan Longboat for a panel and performance piece that will allow for audience engagement. Our guests will reflect on their experience participating in our festival and offer wisdom on the value of bringing the sacred into our work for justice.

Open Ceremony - Thursday 13, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Decolonizing the Table - An evening on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

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

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. MC: Ryan McMahon, Anishinaabe writer and comedian

Indigenous food systems are deeply connected to Indigenous economies, cultures, health, and wellbeing. Fundamental values of respect, responsibility, reciprocity, regeneration, and redistribution once guided relations in the diverse networks of Indigenous foods systems. Across Canada, Indigenous food actionists are undertaking to decolonize 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 working to build food sovereignty. 

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