Food Justice Community Roundtable
The intent of the Food Justice Roundtable is to ask community Elders, nutritionists,
community members, health staff (nurses and a local physician), Assembly of
Manitoba Chiefs staff, First Nations & Inuit Health Branch staff and North Eastman
Health Association staff how to move toward food sovereignty.
This process will occur following cultural protocols and led by a community Elder
facilitator (Dave Courchene – Nii Gaani Aki Innini).
The community thus takes responsibility to ensure food justice for everybody.
Community engagement in food sovereignty and health requires direct leadership and
input by community members.
Community Elders, membership and health and nutritionist staff will be consulted on
areas of food sovereignty, food justice and health prioritization, program planning,
resource utilization, implementation, a community database, education, food and
health curriculum, and preventive community wellness strategies around food.
A main goal is that the Food Justice Roundtable will lead to direct action in
supporting concrete initiatives that reflect food justice. This is key. It is expected
that participants will come to consensus to support at minimum one or two initiatives
that will arise out of the discussions at the Food Justice Roundtable.
The Food Justice Roundtable will partner with a local health clinic and physician
(Dr. Sabina Ijaz) who has experience in local participatory research, who has agreed
to share local community health information, that directly relates to the need for
enhanced food justice and food sovereignty in the community. She has also agreed
to lend in-kind support to the process of participatory research and maintaining the
integrity of local autonomy and the following of OCAP principles (see below).
The Food Justice Roundtable will also partner with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
(AMC) which has committed to offering in-kind technical support from social, health,
traditional foods and environmental areas of expertise, as well as technical facilitation
of the Roundtable, e.g. sound system and recording.
The Roundtable will take a participatory research approach, with the program being
designed by the community and outcomes being shared directly with the community
for the benefit of the community according to OCAP principles. See below.
Outcomes, recommendations, successes and challenges of the Food Justice
Roundtable will be summarized in a Final Report that will be shared with the
The Elders will decide if and how the outcomes might be otherwise shared (in
adherence to OCAP).