The Advocacy committee attended the Occupy INAC
rallies to support the youth of Attawapiskat and their demands for the urgently needed financial support of their community. Our committee has written a letter of solidarity
on the state of emergency and to highlight the work of Occupy INAC. You can get updates from the group at their Facebook page
The committee also went to talks by migrant labourer activists and workers at the recent LabourStart conference
at Ryerson University. Workers from the Ontario Food Terminal and a former meatpacker of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) spoke to the continued violations of human rights and unsafe work conditions for TFWP workers. Representatives from Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW), UCFW Canada, the Agricultural Workers' Alliance and SAME (Students Against Migrant Exploitation) spoke to over 30 years of activism for TFWP workers' rights. J4MW will be marking this year with the Harvesting Freedom Campaign
to call the Federal government to finally allow migrant farm workers in Canada to access Permanent Immigration Status. You can find their petition here
In addition, the committee led a social media campaign during the week of Earth Day in order to link activism in climate change with decolonization and food sovereignty (check out our Facebook page for the posts!). Finally we've had a new Master in Public Policy student join our research team in order to address food waste policy in the City of Toronto.
ducation committee is in the midst of the peer review process for the Gathering
academic journal and distributing print copies of MÃ©lange Creative Arts Journal
. If you know of any resource centers, libraries, collections, or other locations that may like a copy of MÃ©lange
, or if you are interested in being involved in the peer review committee for Gathering
, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Networking committee has been working on building relationships and supporting food opportunities in Toronto. Developing and strengthening partnerships is an ongoing goal for the Networking committee. One of the ways that we are doing this is by continuing our work supporting the Black Creek community. Members will be supporting with the Saturday, May 28th Spring Day of Action. All are welcome!
If you have an event that you would like us to attend or are interested in connecting with the TYFPC, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.