June 20th VFPC Meeting Closed to the Public for Member Training Session on Indigenous Food Systems

Hello VFPC friends,

As part of our Council’s cultural competency training, the Vancouver Food Policy Council meeting on June 20th will be closed to the public as our members participate in a workshop on Indigenous food systems with Dawn Morrison. Dawn Morrison is of Secwepemc ancestry and she is the Director of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

Following the workshop, we will have some resources, books and more information to share on this topic, so please stay tuned!

We look forward to seeing you at the next Vancouver Food Policy Council meeting on July 18th.

All Our Father’s Relations Film Screening

The Vancouver Food Policy Council is pleased to invite you to join us for a special documentary film screening of All Our Father’s Relations, followed by a panel discussion.

When: Thursday, May 31st – 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Doors open at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7pm. Panel starts at 8pm.

Where: Science World at TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC. View Map.

The venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible. Gender neutral washrooms are available on-site.

Tickets are $15 – available through Eventbrite. Share the event with friends and family on Facebook.

We acknowledge that we are on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.

As we strive to understand our own relationships to each other and the land through food, it is important for us to also recognize the historical and ongoing colonization and settlement of Indigenous peoples and lands that make it possible for us to be here as settlers.

About the Film

All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) is a documentary film telling the story of the Grant siblings’ journey to rediscover their father’s roots and to better understand his fractured relationship with their xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveals the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.

Panel Discussion + Special Guests

Join us afterwards for a panel discussion with Alexandra Henao-Castrillon, Hayne Wai and Howard E. Grant to explore how the erasure of Indigenous and minority communities’ food contributions impacts current society and actions.

Alexandra Henao-Castrillon is originally from Colombia. She has worked supporting and advocating for migrant farm workers in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley for the last 6 years. She is a founding member of the Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association

Hayne Wai is a longtime advocate, researcher, and author on Vancouver’s Chinatown and Strathcona. He is a founding member and past president of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and a former board trustee of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden and continues his involvement with both organizations. Hayne worked for the federal and provincial governments and was more recently a sessional instructor at UBC’s Faculty of Education. He has served on government, post-secondary and community committees on anti-racism, diversity, human rights and multiculturalism including the recent city advisory committee on Historical Discrimination Against Chinese in Vancouver. Panelists and participants will explore topics ranging from Reconciliation efforts, migrant farm labour organizing, and other challenges we are facing in just and sustainable food systems.

Howard E. Grant was born and raised in the Musqueam community. He was one of the fortunate children who did not attend residential school, giving him the benefit of learning his culture, values and teachings from his elders in his every day life. Mr. Grant is his family’s cultural speaker and is a historian and cultural leader of his extended family. As a result of this, Howard was given the honour by the elders of his extended family to carry the name qiyəplenəxʷ, a name known and respected throughout Coast Salish territories. Mr. Grant is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Summit. The First Nations Summit is comprised of a majority of First Nations and Tribal Councils in British Columbia, providing a forum to address issues related to Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty negotiations as well as other issues of common concern. He is also a long serving member of Council from his home community of Musqueam.

Sarah Ling was born and raised as a 4th generation Chinese Canadian in Prince Rupert, B.C. on Tsimshian territory. She is a Project Manager with an Indigenous focus at the University of British Columbia at St. John’s College as well as Student Housing and Hospitality Services, where she produces and manages both Indigenous and Chinese Canadian storytelling initiatives. She is the lead Producer of All Our Father’s Relations, and was recently elected President of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of B.C

May 23, 2018 Agenda

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-6:10
“We acknowledge that we are on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality on these lands”
2 Approve minutes from April meeting 5 min 6:10-6:15
3 Liaison Updates 15 min 6:15-6:30
  • City Councillors – Adriane Carr & Heather Deal
  • Parks Board Commissioner – Michael Wiebe
  • Parks Board Staff – Megan Herod
  • VSB Trustee – Joy Alexander
  • City Staff – Sarah Carten
  • Vancouver Coastal Health – Claire Gram
  • Ministry of Agriculture – Lindsay Bisschop
4 Working Group Updates 10 min 6:30-6:40
  • Election Priority
5 Letter of Support (motion) 5 min 6:40-6:45
 
  • Request to co-sponsor event with Graham Riches & Andy Fisher ‘Domestic Hunger in the USA and Canada. Towards Food and Social Justice’ as a part of the Vancouver Food Summit on October 2nd
6 All Our Father’s Relations Film Screening Update 10 min 6:45-6:55
 
  • Screening & Panel discussion May 31st at Science World
7 Escobar Discussion 10 min 6:55-7:05
8 Break 10 min 7:05-7:15
9 Establishing Working Groups for 2018 Priorities 5 min 7:15-7:20
 
  • Reconciliation Priority
  • Membership / Future of VFPC Priority
  • Election Priority
10 City of Vancouver Redefining Food Assets Workshop 45 min 7:20-8:05
11 Toronto Food Policy Insights 20 min 8:05-8:25
12 Bread Basket 5 min 8:25-8:30
13 Motion to adjourn   8:30

February 28, 2018 agenda

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-6:10
“We acknowledge that we are on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality on these lands”
2 Approve minutes from January meeting 5 min 6:10-6:15
3 Leadership Update 10 min 6:15-6:25
4 Liaison Updates 15 min 6:25-6:40
●     City Councillors – Adriane Carr & Heather Deal
●     Parks Board Commissioner – Michael Wiebe
●     Parks Board Staff – Rebecca Till
●     VSB Trustee – Joy Alexander
●     City Staff – Sarah Carten
●     Metro Vancouver – Jaspal Marwah
●     Vancouver Coastal Health – Claire Gram
●     Ministry of Agriculture – Lindsay Bisschop
5 VFPC Updates 25 min 6:40-7:05
●     Reconciliation Training
●     Park Board Local Food Action / Capital Plan
●     All Our Father’s Relations film screening
●     Great Big Crunch
6 Slack Demonstration / Training 15 min 7:05-7:20
  Break 10 min 7:20-7:30
7 Introduction of Food Justice and the Buffer Zone 10 min 7:30-7:40
8 Strategic Planning – 2018 Key Priorities 30 min 7:40-8:10
  ●     Reconciliation / Decolonizing the Vancouver Food System
●     Membership Structure & VFPC post 2018 Election
●     Food on the Election Table
9 Strategic Planning – 2018 Map the Meetings 10 min 8:10-8:20
10 Bread Basket
●     Food Tank Policy Summit draw
●     Endorsement Policy Review
10 min 8:20-8:30
11 Motion to adjourn   8:30

January 31, 2018 agenda

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-10
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), swx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality on these lands.

Introductions:

  • VFPC members and liaisons first
  • Then invite audience
2 Approve minutes from October meeting 5 min 6:10-15
3 Introducing Incoming Liaisons 5 min 6:15-20
4 Liaison Updates 15 min 6:20-35
  • City Councillors – Adriane Carr & Heather Deal
  • Parks Board Commissioner – Michael Wiebe
  • Parks Board Staff – Rebecca Till & Megan Herod
  • Vancouver Coastal Health – Claire Gram
  • Youth Food Policy Council – Crecien Bencio
5 City Staff Liaison Update: Redefining Food Assets (10 mins) 6:35-45
·         Background (Sarah Carten)

Identify interested members for further involvement

6 Children and Youth Working Group Update 15 min 6:45-7:00
  • Working group update
  • Motion on the Big Crunch
7 Reconciliation Training Planning Update 30 min 7:00-7:30
  • Update and decision making regarding All Our Father’s Relations film screening, and two reconciliation training sessions for VFPC members and liaisons
BREAK 10 min 7:30-40
8 Priorities for 2018 and Organizing without Co-Chairs 40 min 7:45-8:25
  • Recap of major outcomes from November/December discussions:
    • Shared leadership model rather than co-chairs in 2018
    • Suggested priorities for 2018: reconciliation, food on the municipal election agenda, VFPC post-election, connecting with other advisory committees, and any working group priorities
    • Proposed new communication method through Slack
  • Discussion
  • Goal of discussion (at minimum): identify leaders for February meeting including coordination and chairing
9 Bread Basket

  • School board liaison
5 min 8:25-30
10 Motion to adjourn 8:30

 

October Meeting Agenda

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-6:10
“We acknowledge that we are on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality on these lands”
2 Approve minutes from September meeting 5 min 6:10-6:15
3 Liaison Updates 20 min 6:15-6:35
●     City Councillors – Adriane Carr & Heather Deal
●     Parks Board Commissioner – Michael Wiebe
●     Parks Board Staff – Rebecca Till
●     City Staff – James O’Neill & Sarah Carten
●     Metro Vancouver – Theresa Duynstee
●     Vancouver Coastal Health – Claire Gram
●     Ministry of Agriculture – Emma Holmes
●     Youth Food Policy Council – Crecien Bencio
●     Special Representative – Janet Fraser
4 Working Group Updates 15 min 6:35-6:50
●     Cross-Working Group Leaders Bi-Monthly Meeting
●     Children and Youth
●     Development
●     Food Justice
●     Urban Farming
●     Waste
5 Wild Salmon Caravan Vancouver Feast Report Back 10 min 6:50-7:00
  Break 10 min 7:00-7:10
6 VanPlay: Parks Board Master Planning Process | Katherine Howard and Megan Herod 30 min 7:10-7:40
7 City of Vancouver Single-Use Items Reduction Strategy | Waste Working Group 20 min 7:40-8:00
  ●     http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/single-use-items.aspx
●     http://council.vancouver.ca/20170627/documents/rr1b.pdf
●     http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/single-use-consultation-paper-9-12-2017.pdf
8 VFPC Truth and Reconciliation training and public engagement funding request 10 min 8:00-8:10
9 2017-2018 VFPC Work Plan Update 10 min 8:10-8:20
10 Bread Basket
●     Co-chair transition
●     Council of Councils Meeting
●     Agenda setting
10 min 8:20-8:30
11 Motion to adjourn   8:30

September VFPC Meeting – at Woodwards Building

Please note – Due to the by-election taking place this month, the VFPC’s September 13th, 2017 meeting will be held at Woodwards Building, 111 Hasting Street, 5th Floor, immediately outside of the elevators.

Meeting Agenda
September 13, 2017, 6:00- 8:30 pm
Location: Woodwards Building, 111 Hasting Street, 5th Floor
Chairs: Caitlin Dorward, David Speight (acting)
Regrets: Stefan Misse, Stephanie Lim

1 Homelands acknowledgement and introductions 10 min 6:00-10
We acknowledge that we are meeting on the unceded homelands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and we give thanks for their generosity and hospitality.
2 Approve minutes from June and July meetings 5 min 6:10-15
3 Liaison Updates 15 min 6:15-30
4 Working Group Updates 10 min 6:30-40
5 Wild Salmon Caravan Vancouver Feast Working Group  Update 30 min 6:40-7:10
 
  • Update on progress
  • Requests for equipment, food donations, and support
  Break 10 min 7:10-20
6 Food Strategy Action Plan 2010-2020: Update from James O’Neill and Sarah Carten 40 min 7:20-8:00
  • Presentation on changes to the Action Plan  (10 mins)
    -New Focus Areas (Reconciliation, Food Access, Resilience)
    – Discussion (30 mins)
  • Can the VFPC support the Action Plan moving forward to City Council?
  • In what ways can the FPC assist in implementing the actions?
7 VFPC Submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on the National Food Policy 20 mins 8:00-20
 
  • Does the VFPC support the submission of the letter?
8 Bread Basket 10 min 8:20-30
9 Motion to adjourn
And invitation to post-meeting social gathering
  8:30

July 19th Agenda

Join us for our July 19th Meeting! | Where: Town Hall Room Vancouver City Hall

You can find a detailed Agenda here.

  • Homelands acknowledgement and round of introductions
  • Approve minutes from June 2017 meeting
  • Liaison Updates
    • City Councillors
    • Parks Board Commissioner
    • Parks Board Staff – Rebecca Till
    • Other liaisons – time permitting
  • Wild Salmon Caravan: Update and Discussion of VFPC Role
  • National Food Policy Report Back & Next Steps
  •  Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience in our Food System: Exploring how the VFPC can Support Climate Action
    • Dr. Tara Moreau (VFPC) – Introduction
    • Sara Muir Owen (Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions) – BC Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Priorities and Projects
    • Dr. Sean Smukler (UBC) – Regional farming adaptation strategies
    • Kate Menzes and Dr. Art Bomke (SPEC) – Urban Farming Adaptation and Extension
    • Katie McPherson (City of Vancouver) – Resiliency Strategy
  • Bread Basket
  • Motion to adjourn