Apply to attend Unpacking White Privilege in the Food Movement | November 19 & 20
“Unacknowledged white privilege gives the lie to the food movement’s rhetoric of justice, good intentions, and sustainability.” –Rachel Slocum


Food movements in Vancouver and across BC are beginning to get past the awkward dance we typically do around naming and addressing race, power, privilege, and oppression in our work. The understanding that food systems and efforts to create change within them are still benefiting and governed by those with racial and other forms of privilege is permeating the movement.

Coming to terms with these realities can be a vulnerable, uncomfortable, and confusing process for people with white and light-skinned privilege who, while likely holding strong social justice values, are confronted with the role their privilege unintentionally plays in reinforcing the marginalization of others.

Recognizing this emerging dynamic in our movement, the hua foundation, Vancouver Food Policy Council, and Kamloops Food Policy Council partnered to bring together a 1.5 day workshop series during the Vancouver Park Board Sustenance Festival to hold a supportive learning space for these conversations.

Prospective participants are asked to apply to attend the workshops by completing this form by October 28. A registration link will then be sent to successful applicants. Thank you for taking this extra step so we can manage interest and ensure the right people are in the room.


The first day (November 19) will be an introduction to white privilege for a food movement audience with local facilitator Suzanne Hawkes. Suzanne has a wealth of teaching, consulting, and facilitation experience including developing and delivering the popular ‘Beyond White Privilege’ workshop for a Vancouver audience in 2016.

This one day introductory workshop for white folks who are ready to learn, deepen their awareness, ask questions, have tough conversations, and further develop their skills as racial equity leaders – without placing the burden of their education on people of colour. Our work together will be highly interactive, experiential, informative, and supportive.

Topics include: implicit bias, power and intersectionality, understanding white supremacy in organizational culture, white fragility, stages of white racial identity development, and more. The day concludes with a focus on accountability and personal action planning.

The second half-day of training (November 20 AM) will be led by Josephine Radbill and Chelsea Sarg who will join us from the White Noise Collective in Oakland, California. Their content builds on what Suzanne will offer on day one.

‘Food Justice and the Buffer Zone’ is for white people/people with light-skin privilege in the Vancouver food justice movement. The workshop is designed for white people who were socialized as female, however other participants will benefit from it as well; it is open to people of all genders. We will explore common patterns of people socialized as white and female working in "helping" professions, specifically the food movement.

Facilitated by a cis white woman and a cis white Latina, we will investigate: how can people with white-skin privilege support and contribute to multiracial and multicultural food spaces? Through work in “food justice,” how do white people inadvertently contribute to the maintenance of a system of extreme inequality? What potential models exist for subversion to shake the system towards greater equity and justice?

This interactive workshop includes a brief presentation on Paul Kivel’s concept of the buffer zone. Group activities will surface common patterns and behaviours of white people in the food system. Small group discussion will allow time to digest the material and share personal insights and opportunities to transform oppressive dynamics.

**There will be pre- and post-workshop readings and follow up for workshop planning and evaluation purposes.***

This workshop series is a space for participants who self-identify as people with white and light-skinned privilege currently working in the food movement (e.g. as a member of food policy councils or networks, food system organizations, local government staff working on food).

As a prospective participant, you are:
-Interested in exploring your experiences of white privilege;
-Currently working within the 'food movement'; and
-Comfortable that you have the ability to influence systemic food movement change in your current role(s).

Whereas these workshops are intended to be supportive, intentional spaces for people to gather in a spirit of mutual support and empowerment, they are not a formal classroom, a site of one-to-one professional mentorship, nor a site of group therapy or professional mental health care.


We’d love for you to apply. Commitment is to attend a full day Monday, November 19 and a half day (AM) Tuesday, November 20. Exact times are TBC. There is an additional opportunity for anyone interested to also attend a public lecture by Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility November 20 hosted by SFU Equity Studies:

Location: Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver) a wheelchair-accessible venue that is easily accessible by public transit.

Participant cost: Sliding scale $25-80; please let us know if cost is a barrier. We ask participants to self-identify what they can afford within this range.

Application deadline is Sunday, October 28 end-of-day. You will be notified of our decision by Wednesday, October 31. Successful applicants will have until November 9 to register through an Eventbrite/Paypal link that will be sent.

Contact with any questions.

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