The program was co-created with indigenous community food-based educators and settler allies from Island Health, and community organizations. These supporting partners include the Victoria Foundation, the Horner Foundation, the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable, and Coast Salish Health and the Wellness Initiative, an FNHA and VI Coast Salish Nation Partnership.

DAYS OF LEARNING EVENTS

We recognize the important Indigenous food sovereignty work happening in all of the Coast Salish Nations.  

 

The Days of learning gatherings give community members the opportunity to learn from one another about the powerful work being done within their community focused on food sovereignty. These celebrations are seasonal land, sea, and water based offerings that are collaboratively created by the community. These offerings have previously been hands-on food demonstrations, nature walks, medicine making, youth-led programming, etc. 

Previous Days of Learning Events

Summer day of Learning Event

For the summer, we hosted a day of learning at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet, Gowland Tod- provincial park) with my colleague Tiffany Joseph for a nature walk, lunch, and land restoration work. This day of learning helped bring people together in order to build the foundation of our relationship with the land. We wanted to focus the nature walk on building a symbiotic relationship with plants through storytelling. The day ended with doing land restoration work, where participants worked to ensure that we are not just ethically harvesting our food, but also taking care of the land so there will be enough for generations to come.

SEAFOOD GATHERING

The spring Days of Learning Event was hosted last May, at with  T'Sou-ke First Nation. 80 people were able to attend for a seafood gathering.

COMMUNITY FOOD LEADERS COLLABORATION

For this spring day of learning, participants went on a tour of the gardens with Beangka Elliott and Mary Hayes at  W̱JOȽEȽP. This was followed by Hands-on learning activities, lunch, network & sharing, a tour of Saanich Native Plants with Kirsten Miskelly & Beangka, and a harvest for Knowledge Čənı̓ŋəɫ Spring Celebration, showcasing the new Indigenous Plant Garden at Esquimalt High School.