Food as a Colonial Weapon: Workshop & Dinner

September 16, 2018 - 6:00 pm

The Tower
778 Barton St E

Please join us on September 16th for an evening workshop and dinner at The Tower. The workshop is approx. 80 minutes long and will be followed by a dinner of traditional Indigenous food.

Funding for the dinner was generously provided by MISCA (McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance) and an organizer of that group will be on hand to speak to what they do and provide the Opening Address.

The event and dinner are free, but donations made to keeping the space running are always appreciated ♥

The Workshop:

The culture, knowledge, traditions, and stories of who we are as Indigenous people is made sense of only in relation to all the other living things, land, and water of our territories. The plants and animals with which we build relationships of sustenance provide a vital connection to the land on which we live. Through the process of settler-colonialism that has transformed the landscape of Turtle Island for the last 400 years, we have seen the wide-scale imposition of control over Indigenous people’s access to food. This has been realized in deliberate policies of starvation, the decimation of wild animal stocks, the closing of the commons to make way for industrial agriculture, and the intervention of settlers into the traditional hunting practices of Indigenous peoples. All of these legacies are part of a larger colonial project of erasing and assimilating Indigenous peoples into the project of settler Canada. In this workshop, we explore these histories and how they have progressed into the food crises faced by communities today. We look at the role individual settlers play in the perpetuation of these systems, including those of us in social and food justice spaces, and how we can build decolonial frameworks into our narratives for change.

The Facilitator:

Jaydene Lavallie is a Two-Spirit/Queer Michif-Cree woman from Meadow Lake, SK with mixed French and Scottish ancestry. She currently lives in Dish with One Spoon Territory (Hamilton, ON). Her years of organizing have been spent in animal liberation, land defense, anti-gentrification, and feminist movements. She has a firm commitment to both direct action and community-building in the struggle for our collective liberation.

A Note on Accessibility:

The Tower is physically accessible through the front door for most people using mobility devices, however, the bathroom is in the basement and down a flight of stairs. There is a bathroom at the McDonalds across the street that can be used.

This workshop contains little to no graphic imagery but does delve into some darker and sad themes.

Children and babies are welcome at this event and free to do what they please! There are toys for them to play with if they so choose.