Indigenous Food Sovereignty Panel – Land Back & Land Access

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As farmers and farm-focussed organizations, reconciliation can be a complicated topic to grapple with. Agriculture and the colonial land title system have been used as tools of colonization to remove Indigenous peoples from their land and food systems. There are many examples of laws and policies that were designed to hinder Indigenous peoples from growing and provisioning food, farming, and practicing culture.

The echoes of these historical realities live on today in many of our laws and institutions. For example, in ‘British Columbia’, 95% of land is designated “crown land”, and most is unceded, while a small amount, approximately 1%, has been treatied back to First Nations through the court system; the remaining 4% is private title. First Nations have very limited access to the lands that they have been on for time immemorial.

The removal and restriction of land access for First Nations is the foundation of the concept of land back. Land back recognizes the inherent rights of Indigenous Nations to their lands and territories. 

Despite history and the ongoing effects of colonization, Indigenous farmers and food provisioners are doing incredible work to heal and feed our communities. This video session includes Leslie Anne St. Amour of RAVEN, Natasha Anderson of Minwaadizi Farm, and Julian Napoleon of Amisk Farm. The speakers explore Land Back and Indigenous Food Sovereignty. The panel recording explores these terms and shares ways that Indigenous farmers are accessing and stewarding land towards Indigenous Food Sovereignty (IFS).

The webinar will take approximately 2 hours to complete. Listeners will come away with ways to deepen relationships with the land and support the land back movement. We hope you enjoy this rich and engaging conversation.

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