From September 4th to October 3rd, migrant farmworkers are marching and caravanning across Ontario from Windsor to Ottawa, marking the 50th anniversary of Canada's "temporary" migrant farmworker programs. The caravan is raising awareness among Canadians about how our food system relies on their precarious and underpaid labour, and call on the federal government to offer them permanent residence status and to respect their labour rights.
The caravan has a wide array of activities planned, from film screenings, to marches, to community suppers and gatherings, to leafleting at local farmers' markets. Its schedule is:
You can participate and help by:
Inter Pares is proud to be supporting the caravan through funds, publicity, and logistic support to the Ottawa events. We are also co-organizing an event at the Food Secure Canada assembly that will bring migrant farmworkers and their advocates together with farmers and food justice activists, later in October after the caravan ends, to help build stronger connections between these two important social movements.