Protection and Direct Action
The BC Food Systems Network received funding from the Communities First: Impacts of
Community Engagement funds for a project that ran from December 2015 through July
2016. This report contains the original project intent as well as the lessons learned and
reflections on the process from Dawn Morrison and Abra Brynne who were involved in the project titled: Responsibility and Relationships: Decolonizing the British Columbia Food
Systems Network / Indigenizing our Praxis
On December 19, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The owner, Kinder Morgan is threatening to transport diluted bitumen (dil-bit), a highly explosive neurotoxin, across the Fraser River, less than 400 metres near the headwaters. If we allow it, would travel along the entire length of the Thompson in some places as little as 50 metres from the shoreline.
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Advocating for the protection, conservation and restoration of Indigenous food, land and bio-cultural heritage policies, planning and governance proposals in federal election.
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You are invited to share your experiences, thoughts and stories around climate change adaptation. Please visit our web page to register to participate on the Enowkin Indigenous Knowledge Base Webportal. The webportal is a site for Indigenous peoples across North America to share their climate change adaptation experiences and further adaptation education. Participate in blogs, forums and add content to the calendar.
Published on Feb 11, 2014
Decolonizing the Mind: Healing Through Neurodecolonization and Mindfulness -
Author, educator, medical social worker and citizen of the Arikara (Sahnish) and Hidatsa Nations in North Dakota, Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, Ph.D. works with indigenous communities, teaching about healing the trauma of colonialism. On January 24, 2014 he spoke about his experiences at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, sharing his ideas about how to do go about doing this through techniques of mindfulness, thought and behavior which he refers to as neurodecolonization.
Dr Vandana Shiva at Mount Allison University in 2012
Members of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, joined by prominent environmental advocates, went out to Burrard Inlet today to participate in a prayer ceremony for the earth and protest against oil sands development, as well pipeline expansions and tanker traffic along the coast. Participants rowed their boats near the terminal of American pipeline giant Kinder Morgan, which intends to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline and potentially quadruple oil tanker traffic around Burrard Inlet.
The Haida recognize that nature and culture are intrinsically connected, and that the protection of the natural and cultural values on Haida Gwaii is essential to sustaining their culture. The Haida have always had Guardian Watchmen who protected the land and sea from harm. Guardians and Watchmen now work in fisheries, forestry, heritage and parks programs to support the Council of Haida Nations’ priority to protect the Aboriginal rights and title of Haida people.
Patent Like Claims on Native Potatoes spark protest by Peru's Indigenous Farmers, Sept 2013 Communique
Peruvian indigenous farmers have been angered by a government research
agency that has claimed it owns intellectual property (IP) rights over
more than fifty traditional varieties of potatoes bred in the Peruvian Andes.
The potatoes were bred not by government researchers but by indigenous farmers, who consider the claims to be an affront to their culture,knowledge and resources. In letters to the government, meetings, and a protest in the city of Cusco, the
farmers have insisted that the claims be dropped entirely.
Wild rice is a traditional food that has virtually disappeared from the diets of Ontarian First Nations peoples and the waterways where it once flourished in the "rice bowl" of Turtle Island.