Roundtable Discussion on NFP includes representatives from most interests

Food Secure Canada and CFICE (Community-First: Impacts of Community Engagement, Carelton University), are hosting a Roundtable event exploring the theme of governance within the upcoming Governing a Food Policy for Canada: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation, in Ottawa on Friday March 23rd.

Co-sponsors: Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), Food Secure Canada, Faculty of Public Affairs (Carleton University), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

From the invitation, I quote, “Featuring a diverse cross-section of panelists, Governing a Food Policy for Canada: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation will dig more deeply into questions of governance related to Food Policy for Canada. We’ll pay particular attention to issues of co-governance among food systems rights-holders and stakeholders, among governmental agencies as well as between the Crown and Indigenous peoples. This event will also build on the multi-stakeholder effort reflected in the proposal for a National Food Policy in Canada.Food Secure Canada and In response to alarming rates of food insecurity, especially in the north, a declining food processing sector, growing rates of diet-related disease, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions attributed to our food supply chains, the Canada federal government is currently developing a Food Policy for Canada. How might an integrated Food Policy for Canada address these and other pressing food issues over the longer term while moving our food system towards greater sustainability, equity and health? This round-table will explore the challenges and opportunities this policy presents in relation to questions of governance including the proposal to create a National Food Policy Council . We’ll pay particular attention to issues of co-governance among food systems rights-holders and stakeholders, among governmental agencies as well as between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.

Our live-streamed panel will feature: Larry McDermott, member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Executive Director of Plenty Canada, and former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner; Pat Mooney, founder of ETC group and winner of the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) from the Swedish Parliament; food systems policy expert Lauren Baker (formerly with Toronto Food Policy Council); and Ted Bilyea, Past Chair and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute; and Dr. Catherine Mah, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Event hosts are Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada, and Peter Andrée, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in Political Science at Carleton University”

Co-sponsors: Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), Food Secure Canada, Faculty of Public Affairs (Carleton University), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


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