Associate Director, Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Andrew Spring is the lead researcher for FLEdGE’s Northwest Territories (NWT) node, where he works with numerous Indigenous communities across the Territory. Much of his work is currently concentrated in the communities of Kakisa and Délı̨nę and the City of Yellowknife. Andrew is the Associate Director for the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and the NWT Research Group Lead and Advisor for the UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies.
Andrew has a PhD in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a research focus on community-led sustainable food systems and climate change adaptation in Canada’s Northwest Territories. His work explores the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of food security and food sovereignty, climate change, and pressures exerted on country food and traditional economic activity in Indigenous communities. Through this work he fosters a robust network of communities, NGOs, and government agencies to address food security throughout the region. His FLEdGE work in Yellowknife, with partners including Ecology North, the Yellowknife Farmers’ Market, and the City of Yellowknife, contributed to the 2021 Memorandum of Understanding signed between Wilfrid Laurier University and the City for an ongoing commitment to community-defined food systems research.