Register now for Recentering Food Law and Policy: Connecting People and Place


We are very excited to announce that registration for our 7th conference – Recentering Food Law and Policy: Connecting People and Place – is now open!

The Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy ( will be hosting its 7th Annual Conference from November 2-4, 2023. We look forward to welcoming all of you (in-person!) to the Bora Laskin School of Law at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We are thrilled to be able to gather in person again, after a few years of remote conferences.

For our 7th conference – and our first above the 45th parallel – we will explore questions of interconnectedness in food systems. More specifically, we will explore how interconnections may be experienced differently when examined from different perspectives and vantage points. We will delve into what we can learn about the state of our food systems and our modes of governance by foregrounding northern, rural, remote and Indigenous communities in our analysis. We will also unpack how our relationships with the natural environment impact food systems, and conversely how our relationships with food impact the natural environment.

Our carefully planned program for this year will include panels, a film screening, workshops for both academics and students, as well as placed-based excursions. Our amazing panelists come from across the country and will present on topics ranging from the regulation of wild meats, to the unique challenges faced by rural, remote and Indigenous food systems, to new food technologies.

Please head to our website to find details about the panels, events and of course our speakers.

How to Register

To register for the conference (including the workshops), please visit this link.

Stay Tuned

In the weeks leading up to the conference, there will be a lot of activity on our blog: We launched our “Meet Our Speakers” series a couple of years back, and it has been a great way to learn more about our panelists and their work leading up to the conference. Please stay tuned for our first post blog in the series.

More details about the conference will be shared in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned to our website: and follow us on Twitter @FoodLawCanada.


The Conference will also feature a public film screening and keynote - Lake Superior Our Helper: Stories from Batchewanaung Anishinabek Fisheries

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Fishing has been an essential element of Batchewana First Nation’s sustenance, identity, and livelihood from time immemorial.

Lake Superior Our Helper follows Chief Dean Sayers through a series of conversations with community members to reveal the cultural, political, and ecological relationships surrounding their fisheries. Inviting us on a journey of Lake Superior, the film shares the messages of Elders, youth, fishers, community leaders, and their visions for the future of Batchewana’s fisheries. It also documents how fishing has changed over time, conflicts with the state around management and regulation, principles of Indigenous law, and the culture and ceremony that are deeply embedded within fishing practices.