Food Sovereignty-14

Nourish

Across fjords and fields, from the southern islands to the far north, First Nations in British Columbia are taking the ability to feed their families and communities back into their hands — fuelling their people with sustainably harvested, healthy and culturally safe foods. 

Through The Narwhal’s series, Nourish, we get out on the land and meet people at the forefront of this food movement. From food growers facing wildfires to communities fighting to save salmon, First Nations are working to bring food sovereignty back to the table.

Food sovereignty is critical for First Nations, who face food insecurity due to the ongoing impacts of colonization. Many ancestral foods are at risk due to climate change, biodiversity loss, industrialization and over-harvesting. First Nations continue to fight for rights recognition, including stewardship of their homelands and traditional practices such as cultural burns. But in the face of these challenges are stories of hope, sowing seeds for a more nourishing future that will feed the generations to come.

Nourish is made possible with support from the Real Estate Foundation of BC. As per The Narwhal’s editorial independence policy, no foundation or outside organization has editorial input into our stories.

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