We are a group of individuals working working to support indigenous food literacy and sovereignty in the South Vancouver Island Region. This initiative was created in collaboration with the 9 nations (Songhees, Esquimalt, Tsartlip/W̱JOȽEȽP, Tseycum/WSIḴEM, Tsawout/SȾÁUTW, Pauquachin/BOḰEĆEN, T’Sou-ke, Scia’new, Pacheedaht) to further the Capital Region’s work towards reconciliation and revitalization of traditional practices.
Specifically, the program was collaboratively formed with indigenous community food-based educators and settler allies from Island Health, funding, and community organizations. Together, this initiative works to support Indigenous-led projects of the nations, as well as not for profit organizations who are working with individuals and groups who self-identify as Indigenous, Metis or Inuit.
This initiative is structured around four key elements that guide our work. See below for those elements.
NETWORKING and learning
Connecting Indigenous Food Leaders to create land-based education and networking opportunities. These networking activities will be self-determined and will include seasonal land, sea and water based “days of learning” where individuals can unite to share knowledge, to ask questions and further their learning
The Animator, Tiffany Joseph, the Guiding Group, and the Coordination group work to determine what structure will best serve indigenous-led initiatives. By doing this, the goal is to create an Indigenous-led, sustainable initiative, which will be supported by Funders, Nations, and other stakeholders.
Various capacity building activities will be supported by an Indigenous developed and informed funding stream to support Indigenous led community-based food, ecosystem revitalization and food literacy projects. The grants will be divided into small (500$-5000$), and larger (10-20k) grants
Celebration events (i.e. feasts and Traditional Seafood Gatherings) can be opportunities for all participants, as well as funders and other settler groups, to learn and experience the work being done in community, increasing learning, and sustainability over time.