Inspiring “Reconciliaction” through Dialogue

“Genocide is complicated.” So begins Black Duck Wild Rice: The Resurgence of Indigenous Food Sovereignty within the Kawartha Lakes Region. This hard-hitting video lays out the challenges and possibilities of a manoomin revival as described by Black Duck Wild Rice founder James Whetung.
People in two canoes collecting wild rice on a lake.
Members of Curve Lake First Nation collecting manoomin (wild rice) on Pigeon Lake.
Black Duck Wild Rice, located in Curve Lake First Nation is a social enterprise involved with seeding, harvesting, processing and educating about manoomin or wild rice—a traditional food of the Nishnaabe people. Black Duck Wild Rice is enacting their Indigenous rights and is working to restore Indigenous food sovereignty for their community and within their traditional territory. These steps are taken as an antidote to the impacts of settler colonialism that the Mississauga Anishinaabeg have and continue to face daily in cottage country across the Kawartha Lakes Region, the Trent Severn waterway, and particularly in contested spaces such as Pigeon Lake. The resurgence of manoomin is an important step in the process of the reconciliation—and reconciliaction!
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A Taste of Diversity: The 2018 Conference of the Canadian Association for Food Studies

June 2018

By Andrea Noriega

In keeping with the Congress 2018 theme of “Gathering Diversities” the theme of this year’s Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) conference was “Growing Diversities,” and it held true to it’s name! With the sensory saturated experience of last year’s conference still ringing in the minds of CAFS attendees, the open-arm-hospitality of the University of Regina (host of the 2018 Congress) was an unexpected but welcome change for many.

Neatly nestled in the quiet but picturesque skirt of Wascana Park, this year’s conference surely reminded many about what the different shades of Canadian diversity can look like. And, in contrast to the 2017 Congress, the term diversity—particularly as it pertains to food studies—took on a more salient meaning than in has in past years. Continue reading “A Taste of Diversity: The 2018 Conference of the Canadian Association for Food Studies”

New Open Access publication looks at FLEdGE Participatory Action Research in Kakisa, NWT

Climate change, community capitals, and food security: Building a more sustainable food system in a northern Canadian boreal community

Authors: Andrew Spring (Wilfrid Laurier University), Blair Carter (Ecology North), and Alison Blay-Palmer (Wilfrid Laurier University)

May 2018
A new open access publication in Canadian Food Studies focuses on one of FLEdGE’s key community partners in the Northwest Territories Research node. In this work, Andrew Spring, Blair Carter, and Alison Blay-Palmer examine how participatory action research enables community members to play an active role in finding solutions to food insecurity and building community resiliency in response to the effects of climate change in the North.
For more information, see the abstract below or access the full article here.

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