Many Indigenous peoples practicing traditional foodways are dealing with ongoing impacts of colonialism and changes to the climate and changing landscapes.

  • In Northwestern Ontario, researchers supported the development of the Indigenous Food Circlea collaborative food policy platform to support food related initiatives developed by and for Indigenous organizations in the Thunder Bay region.
  • Our researchers in the Northwest Territories work with Indigenous peoples to understand and address impacts of climate change on traditional food systems. In part this means enabling connections between elders and youth to help with knowledge sharing. It also means supporting infrastructure initiatives such as community food growing projects, developing appropriate technology supports and waste management programs.
  • In one case, phone apps help hunters create maps to show where landscapes have changed. This makes being out on the land safer and more affordable and helps communities harvest traditional foods. The tools developed and the lessons learned through this research can help other communities in Canada and beyond be more resilient.