Connecting Northern and Southern Communities Through Food Sovereignty
This project seeks to connect four northern Indigenous communities (Grand Rapids, Misipawistik Cree Nation, Garden Hill, and Island Lake) with the rural farming communities of Pilot Mound and Clearwater. A Community Supported Agriculture initiative in the south would see foods shipped north and shared within northern communities. Youth from the northern communities would visit this farm and engage in workshops such as seeding, harvesting, saving seeds, and canning. These skills would be transferable to community gardens in the north. These youth would be encouraged to help develop other opportunities for local food production, including layer chicks and the construction of small-scale greenhouses. To complement these workshops, northern Elders would engage the youth from both regions in land-based knowledge-building activities such as gathering wild edibles, fishing, and tanning.