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Join Rachelle Metatawabin (National Advisory Council on Poverty) and Nick Saul (Community Food Centres Canada) moderated by Syma Habib in conversation about poverty in Canada and the role that good food has in achieving the goals set out in Canada's poverty reduction strategies.


They will explore topics of food insecurity, the impact of covid, the cost of the nutritious food basket and what Canadians can do to evoke sustainable change.



Rachelle Metatawabin is a social justice advocate, who takes a personal interest in supporting children and youth involved in the social welfare system. Rachelle is passionate about ensuring that communities support individuals to address systemic barriers such as poverty. Rachelle has experience in program support, research and policy work on issues concerning vulnerable youth, poverty, the welfare system and food sustainability.  Rachelle is Cree from Fort Albany First Nation Ontario, but moved to Ottawa when she was 11. As an intergenerational survivor, she was involved with Children’s Aid from birth, becoming a permanent Crown ward of the Ontario government at 15. Rachelle has experienced the negative impacts of homelessness, and as a result can identify many of the gaps in current social policy. Rachelle is currently a member of the Youth Reconciliation Initiative with Canadian Roots Exchange and works as a grant writer, while adventuring with her daughter during their free time.


Nick Saul is co-founder and President and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada, a national organization that builds and supports vibrant, food-focused community centres in low-income neighborhoods across the country. These centres are based on the idea that good food is a powerful force for greater health, belonging and justice. Nick is a recipient of the prestigious Jane Jacob Prize, as well as the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and has an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University. Born in Tanzania and raised in Canada, Nick studied at the University of Toronto and Warwick University in the UK as a Commonwealth Scholar. His bestselling book, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, written with his wife, Andrea Curtis, was nominated for the Toronto Book Award and one several other awards. It is published in Canada, the US and U.K. Nick lives in Toronto and is the proud father of two boys. 




Syma Habib: After many years of working directly with those most impacted by food insecurity, Syma believes that to transform the food system is to transform the entire system, and that our work is to do so with compassion and whimsy. Syma currently works at momentum, a non-profit in Calgary focused on poverty reduction and making economic opportunity accessible to all.


Sunday, Oct 18th 1:00pm – 1:45pm

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