Cultural Inclusion & Engagement

Food is a universal need. It is also a rich way to bring people together.

Sustenance Festival organizers, partners, and the Vancouver Parks Board staff are working to develop more cross-cultural connections and collaborations at the festival. This includes starting a Community Food Initiative fund, Intercultural Advisory Committee, and a “listening” campaign.

Community Food Initiative Fund

The Community Food Initiative Fund offers $500 grants for community groups to participate in Sustenance Festival. The goal of this fund is to support groups who are underrepresented in the food movement.

More information about the Community Food Initiative fund here.

Intercultural Advisory Committee

This committee was formed to provide direction for staff, funding, and the overall festival. Their work includes identifying barriers to participation, developing new project collaborations, and connecting with existing community food initiatives that have may not be seen as part of the mainstream food movement.

Listening Campaign

Sustenance Interculturalism Coordinator Stephanie Lim asked community members to share their perspectives on the food movement throughout 2017. A report was developed with recommendations to meaningfully include and support diverse and underrepresented community groups’ participation.

Read the report: Vancouver Community Leaders on the Role of Food in Cultural Inclusion and Engagement.