Community Conversation: Food Security for Marginalized People During COVID

Date: March 24th, 2021

Time: 6:30pm- 8pm over Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association’s third Community Conversation will be focusing on how marginalized communities have been affected by the pandemic in terms of food security. This is a continuation of a series that started last year. We have had prior conversations around education, environmentalism, and houselessness.

As many of us have experienced a lack of resources, such as toilet paper, baking goods and even bottled water at the height of the pandemic, this is actually a common occurrence for many communities outside of major cities. While we are so privileged to live in an area that regularly has easy access to goods, marginalized people may not have that same access to traditional foods or spices, as many products were not being imported in from overseas. Our guest speaker Annita, who is the Executive Director of CPAWS-BC, will educate us on the ideas around food justice and how we as individuals can impact the systems around the ideas of food justice.

She is the first Indigenous person to lead a Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society chapter, and brings with her a wealth of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work, served three terms as the President of the Tahltan Central Council, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her vision and leadership. Annita was instrumental in the fight to save the Sacred Headwaters in Tahltan Territory, and was honoured with the Leadership Award from Ecotrust for her work.

Caring for lands and waters has always been Annita’s priority. As a Tahltan woman, growing up on Tahltan and Stikine lands, she was always reminded that Indigenous Peoples in Canada have been stewarding lands since time immemorial. Through CPAWS-BC, Annita is bringing forward these teachings and strengthening collaboration between Indigenous Peoples, conservation groups and governments to secure clean air, water, and nutritious food now and forever.

Annita brings a variety of Indigenous foods, culture and humour every Tuesday to Facebook with her live cooking show, “Cooking with Annita”.

Click here to learn more about CPAWS-BC.

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