Anti-Racism, Equity, & Belonging
“Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.”
– Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, OC, OBC
EFAO is committed to anti-racist action in farming. Building relationships with, listening to, learning from and supporting Black farmers, Indigenous farmers and land stewards, and other farmers of colour is key. This is a dynamic process in which we hope to inspire honest conversations and bridge-building as part of the challenging and liberatory work needed to address the profound inequities the agricultural sector has been built on.
Over the past two years, EFAO board and staff have worked to increase their understanding of the systemic oppression and barriers faced by equity deserving groups, including farmers who are Black, Indigenous and people of colour. We need to listen to and support their efforts to lead change. Working collaboratively, we will better meet the needs of farmers and members who are currently underrepresented in the organization and systemically marginalized within the agricultural community at large.
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EFAO is committed to advancing equity and anti-racism in the following areas:
RELATIONSHIPS & ACCOUNTABILITY
- Build relationships and partnerships with equity-deserving farmers and BIPOC-led organizations and initiatives.
- Contribute to collective efforts by sharing our experiences and learning with the farmers we work with, partner organizations and others who are interested.
REPRESENTATION & LEADERSHIP
- Center the voices and experiences of equity-deserving farmers in EFAO’s current programming.
- Bring more BIPOC team members to the staff and board.
PROGRAMS & RESOURCES
- Evaluate engagement and seek feedback from equity deserving farmers around EFAO’s existing programs and resources.
- Develop and adapt programs and resources that support equity deserving farmers to build resilient ecological farms and grow a strong knowledge sharing community.
POLICIES & PRACTICES
- Integrate equity practices throughout all levels of the organization’s programs, activities and policies.
- Build the capacity of EFAO’s board and staff to support this work.
This is new work for EFAO. We have a lot to learn and this must be a long-term and ongoing effort. Activities, resources and learnings will be shared on this page to foster accountability, and support action and collaboration. We invite feedback and critique, and will continuously update this page as we learn and grow.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about EFAO’s equity and anti-racism work, please reach out to Ali English, EFAO’s Executive Director, or Angel Beyde, EFAO’s Equity and Eastern Outreach Director.
Highlights from EFAO’s BIPOC Survey Findings
Learn more about EFAO’s beginning steps in addressing anti-racism and equity in agriculture.
Farmers for Climate Solutions Equity Framework
Commitments to advancing equity in policy and advocacy work.
Websites, articles and information compiled by EFAO members, board, and staff.
Definitions for equity-related terms used in EFAO’s publication and across this website.
Uplifting BIPOC Voices
Member Profile: Anan Xola Lololi, 27 Years of Black Food Sovereignty, and Counting
EFAO Board Member Anan Lololi is the Chair of the Black Food Sovereignty Working Group, an initiative of Afri-Can FoodBasket that emerged when the organization began working with the City of...
Member Profile: Back to Their Roots
EFAO spoke with four farmers leading three unique farming and land stewardship operations in Ontario to find out how their personal histories, philosophies and experiences have influenced their...
Member Profile: Annette Peltier-Flamand
Ahnee! Annette Peltier-Flamand n'dizhnikaaz. I am from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in northern Ontario. I grew up on a farm where my family was fairly self-sufficient. We had three large...
Working for Racial Justice in Farming: Panel Discussion Recording
At EFAO’s 2020 Virtual Conference, several racialized farmers and farming leaders discussed how racism and systemic racism affects Black, Indigenous and other farmers of colour. In this inspiring conversation, we heard about steps we can take together for racial justice within the ecological farming movement.
EFAO’s Anti-Racism and Equity Work
Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
Centre for Community Organizations: White Supremacy Culture in Organizations
The National Young Farmers Coalition (USA): Young Farmers Racial Equity Toolkit
- Bringing Treaties to Life
- Dismantling Anti-Black Racism
- Becoming an Ally to Indigenous People
- Indigenous Gardens and Organizations
Equity, diversity and inclusion are important ideas.
For the purposes of this work, we understand the terms to mean:
- Equity describes a degree of fairness in terms of access to the industry and possibility to succeed within the industry.
- Inclusion describes the degree to which new entrants of diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to enter and succeed in the sector.
- Diversity is a measure of past success or failure in inclusion.
We also acknowledge that we are all coming to these conversations from a different place.
Here is a list of terms used throughout EFAO’s website and other communications. If there is a word or term you are unfamiliar with, please let us know and we will be happy to provide an explanation or add it to this list:
Equity deserving farmers represents farmers who identify as young, women, people with disabilities, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, 2SLGBTQ+, new Canadians and/or small-scale farmers.
2SLGBTQ+ is an acronym representing Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and gender diverse people.
BIPOC is an acronym representing Black, Indigenous and people of colour.
Indigenous in this context represents First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, as well as Indigenous Peoples from other lands.
Indigenous farmers and food providers acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as stewards of the land who do not necessarily farm.
Young farmers represent youth between 18-30 years of age.
New Canadian farmers represent people who are new to Canada and who are farming.
Barriers to enter and succeed can represent systemic, economic, historic, social, and cultural barriers.
Borrowed from Farmers for Climate Solutions’ Commitment to Equity.