Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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“Food sovereignty is the right of Peoples to define their own policies and strategies for sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of food, with respect for their own cultures...and is considered to be a precondition for Food Security.” - Declaration of Atitlan, First Indigenous Peoples’ Global Consultation of the Right to Food & Food Sovereignty, Guatemala, 2002

What is Food Security?

  • Access to healthy, nutritious foods
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Sustainable food production
  • Self-reliance (food skills, local food systems)
  • Culturally accepted foods
  • Social justice

Food Security is a global issue and what happens in one part of the world affects us all. Food Insecurity happens when:

  • Families and individuals lose food skills such as cooking and eating together
  • Food Producers (farmers, hunters, gatherers and fishers) do not make fair or sustainable wages
  • People have to travel long distances to get to a grocery store or food source
  • Healthy food options are not available
  • People do not have enough money to access healthy foods
  • Food has to be transported too far to get to our stores
  • Food production systems are unsustainable (industrial agriculture)
  • People cannot access culturally appropriate foods

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is working with its First Nation communities to restore locally produced food that is integral to resilient ecosystems and development of sustainable economies. In a time of peak oil and climate change, compounded by the epidemic of diet-related illnesses, such as diabetes, the restoration of our traditional foods is essential for survival.

New: Click to view Ministry of Children and Youth Services, First Nation Student Nutrition Program Q & A's

Click to view Constance Lake First Nation's Healthy Lifestyles Project