Toward anti-colonial food policy in Canada? (Im)possibilities within the settler state

  • Lauren Kepkiewicz University of Toronto
  • Sarah Rotz University of Guelph
Keywords: Indigenous food sovereignty, national food policy, Indigenous food systems, settler colonialism, policy development discourse

Abstract

This perspective piece teases out some of the tensions between the development of a national food policy, which has gained significant traction in Canada over the past few years, and Indigenous food sovereignty, which long predates the Canadian government and its policies and has a rich history and current practice of organizing. Drawing from our observations and discussions at conferences, workshops, and events, and pointing to key aspects of discourse commonly embedded in such discussions, we critically reflect on how settler engagements with Indigenous peoples in developing a national food policy may reify, rather than dismantle, colonial relationships. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of process and the ability for settlers to accept discomfort and incommensurability if we are to move towards spaces that embody solidarity, respect, and resistance.

Published
2018-05-04