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Land Access/Distribution

Our Land, My People

In the film Our Land, My People, the Lubicon people tell the story of their 30 year struggle for justice. It's a story of environmental destruction and shocking discrimination. It's also a story of determination and hope.

Maude Barlow on the Global Water Crisis

An amazing lecture by Maude Barlow on the Global Water Crisis.

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She also served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly.

What is food sovereignty from La Via Campesina 2003

The concept of food sovereignty was developed by Via Campesina and brought to the public debate during the World Food Summit in 1996 and represents an alternative to neoliberal policies. Since then, that concept has become a major issue of the international agricultural debate, even within the United Nations bodies. It was the main theme of the NGO forum held in parallel to the FAO World Food Summit of June 2002.

Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier, Premier of the Dominion of Canada

The Sir Wilfred Laurier Memorial outlines the history of the relationship between the Secwepemc (original inhabitants of the Shuswap geographic region in the southern interior of B.C.) and the European settlers up to the period of 1910.

Indigenous Food Systems Network Website Launch

ork – Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

On February 1, 2010, the Indigenous Food Systems Network Website was launched! The IFSN Website Project is a web-based centre for increasing awareness of issues, concerns and strategies related to protecting, conserving and restoring the myriad of Indigenous food based cultures across Canada.

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Stop the Global Land Grab

At GRAIN, we are extremely concerned that today's global land grab is only going to make the food crisis worse. For it pushes an agriculture geared toward large scale monocultures, GMOs, throwing farmers off the land in favour of machines, and lots of chemicals and fossil fuels. This is not an agriculture that will feed everyone. It's an agriculture that feeds speculative profits for a few and more poverty for the rest. Of course we need investment.

Avatar and the True Defenders of the Land

After seeing the film Avatar, the recent release by James Cameron dealing with allegorical Indigenous Peoples on an alien planet that humans seek to colonize, displace and finally eliminate in order to access the rich resources in their territories, a few reflections emerge. The first is a more than passing resemblance to the actual reality of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and beyond, the bounty of whose land and resources have cost them great suffering at the hands of colonizers and would-be-saviours.

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Powless, B. (2010). Avatar and the True Defenders of the Land.

B.C. Food Systems Network Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty Final Report

The purpose of this project was to engage Aboriginal communities in discussions that would enable individuals and groups involved with food related action to explore and identify ways that the B.C. Food Systems Network (BCFSN) - Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS) can support their work on increasing food security.

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1st Annual Interior of B.C. Indigenous Food Sovereignty Conference Final Report

Since the time of contact with non Indigenous settlers in the southern interior of B.C. many traditional Indigenous harvesters including hunters, fishermen, and gatherers from the Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx, and Ts’ilqotin nations have repeatedly expressed concern about the declining health and abundance of culturally important foods in our respective traditional territories. Therefore, the Interior of B.C.

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Cultural Indicator's of Indigenous Peoples Food and Agro-ecological Systems

Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to contribute to the development, collection and use of cultural indicators of Indigenous Peoples’ food and agro-ecological systems for policy, planning and advocacy purposes.
Audience: The intended users of this paper are Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations (IPOs), Government departments responsible for data collection and statistics, UN agencies, NGOs, and other development actors.

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The following file is a 4552 KB pdf document you many need to download Adobe Reader to open the file.

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Woodley. et. al. (2008). Cultural Indicator's of Indigenous food and agro-ecological systems. Rome, Italy. Electronic Publishing Policy and Support Branch, Communication Division. FAO