Beyond Inclusion: Toward an Anti-colonial Food Justice Praxis

  • Lauren Kepkiewicz University of Toronto
  • Michael Chrobok University of Toronto
  • Madeline Whetung University of Toronto
  • Madelaine Cahuas University of Toronto
  • Jina Gill University of Toronto
  • Sam Walker University of Toronto
  • Sarah Wakefield University of Toronto
Keywords: Food Justice, Equity, Activism, Inclusion, Intersectionality, Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, Anti-Colonialism, Land, Praxis

Abstract

Activists and academics have increasingly drawn on the concept of "food justice" in recent years. While this trend is encouraging, we argue that a focus on "inclusion" by these actors may actually work to reproduce inequitable relationships. Food justice research and practice should thus move beyond inclusion to connect food system inequities to interlocking structures of oppression, such as capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and colonialism. In Canada, placing food justice in the context of ongoing processes of colonialism—and recognizing that no justice can happen on stolen land—is particularly important. While we make these suggestions, we do not claim to have all the answers; we struggle through the same tensions we raise here in our own work. Nonetheless, we feel that encouraging those interested in food activism to consider intersecting systems of domination, to challenge such structures and their complicity in them, and to build solidarity with other activists, perhaps using land as the basis for new conversations and alliances, may be key steps toward cultivating an anti-colonial food justice praxis.

Author Biographies

Lauren Kepkiewicz, University of Toronto
PhD Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Michael Chrobok, University of Toronto
PhD Student, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto; 100 St. George Street; Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada.
Madeline Whetung, University of Toronto
MA Student, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Madelaine Cahuas, University of Toronto
PhD Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Jina Gill, University of Toronto
MA Student, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Sam Walker, University of Toronto
PhD Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Sarah Wakefield, University of Toronto
Associate Professor of Geography, Department of Geography & Planning, University of Toronto.
Published
2015-08-21
How to Cite
Kepkiewicz, L., Chrobok, M., Whetung, M., Cahuas, M., Gill, J., Walker, S., & Wakefield, S. (2015). Beyond Inclusion: Toward an Anti-colonial Food Justice Praxis. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 99-104. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.014