Food Matters Manitoba was honoured to be a part of the 13 Fires: Food community discussion on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre.
13 Fires Winnipeg is a group of community members who have organized a series of discussions, known as fires, on various topics and their relationship to racism and racial inclusion. 13 Fires events are an opportunity for people of all walks of life who share their vision for a racially-inclusive Winnipeg and to join in discussion and idea-sharing as to how we can create a safer more equitable, and more inclusive community.
We were pleased to lead a table discussion on the possibilities of a Winnipeg Food Council. We listened to community members’ experiences with the Winnipeg foodscape, learned about the impact of existing food policies on poor and racialized people in Winnipeg, including temporary residents from Indigenous communities throughout Manitoba, and took note of the kinds of developments that discussion participants would likea Winnipeg Food Council to take on. We at Food Matters Manitoba are inspired by the passion and commitment of everyone involved in the 13 Fires Winnipeg events. We are delighted to have been a part of such a wonderful day and look forward to partnering with 13 Fires in the future