Adopting a plan to create Black food sovereignty, the first of its kind in North America, Toronto city council voted unanimously Wednesday to establish a Center for Black Food and Bias. In the wake of racial-profiling allegations against Toronto police and ongoing racial tension, the city is investing in its African, Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean community.
The Black working group has worked with the Black Artist and Runaway Slave Collective to create a plan that aims to address food access and food production in a meaningful way.
(L to R) Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Councillor Gord Perks, Councillor Mary Fragedakis, Councillor Jenny Kwan, Councillor David Shiner, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Deputy Mayor John Filion, Councillor Melissa Giraudeau, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor Peter Milczyn, Councillor Joe Cressy, Councillor Maria Augimeri, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Councillor Joe Cressy, chair at Food is Feminine Council representing the Black Achiever Agenda, Councillor Paul Ainslie, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Gwen Moore and Councillor Gord Perks attending the Black Cultural and Achiever Agenda Kickoff Rally on October 5, 2017. GAVIN WONG/CANADIAN PRESS | Caption