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Support for Indigenous-led food-systems projects

More than $1.1 million was committed to the following 15 projects through the Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program to grow farming and food-processing operations in communities throughout the province.

Adams Lake Indian Band, Chase:

  • $71,250 to offer knowledge-transfer activities in which community members will learn valuable processing, canning and dehydrating skills for a variety of foods, and to partner with the Chief Atahm school to engage youth and their families to maximize community involvement and help instill skills and knowledge at a young age.

Chawathil First Nation, Hope:

  • $80,000 to revitalize customary production methods and knowledge for traditional salmon harvesting, and increase Indigenous participation in food processing, food preservation and peer-to-peer skills development.

Gitxaala Nation, Kitkatla:

  • $78,100 to formulate a comprehensive community food-security plan using a food-systems approach, expand the community gardens and install an irrigation system, establish a backyard garden by individual families and a community kitchen at the community centre.

Haida Wild, Haida Gwaii:

  • $80,000 to get expert assistance installing two smokehouses that have not been functional and increase employment and training opportunities, as well as product offerings.

Ka:'yu:'k't'h'/Che:k:tles7et'h' First Nations, Kyuquot (project led by Nuu-chah-nulth Youth Warrior Family):

  • $80,000 to bring renewed energy to traditional seafood gardens along the west coast of Vancouver Island, in four Nuu-chah-nulth territories where youth Warriors from eight Nations (12 to 25 years old) will be supported by their Elders, community mentors and external experts to restore, manage and celebrate clam gardens.

Kanaka Bar Indian Band, Lytton:

  • $80,000 to create a food self-sufficiency (FSS) plan that will strategize how to meet the FSS goals and to purchase irrigation and agricultural equipment that will increase production capacity. The plan will help build solutions to feed the increasing population and ensure the band can remain resilient to the effects of climate change.

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council, Mill Bay:

  • $79,040 to move the council’s Community Food Network, that hosts online conversations around food and food security, virtual workshops and film screenings, to in-person, hands-on learning and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, to give the network’s participants the opportunity to work together as one.

Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon:

  • $80,000 to provide culturally safe and affordable foods through band-owned land, which was recently designated to grow fruits and vegetables, traditional foods, livestock and process meat; and to provide a kitchen and pantry, cooking pit and root cellars, as well as space for cultural activities, to create job opportunities.

Pacheedaht First Nation, Port Renfrew:

  • $68,790 to expand the community garden, plant an orchard, cultivate medicine plants from the original village site and install a safe, secure, easily accessible community pantry for locally harvested in-season foods, as well as shelf-stable foods and medicines.

Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, Bella Bella:

  • $75,000 to implement and scale up 25 community recommendations to address food insecurity collected through a community food-security assessment conducted by the organization in fall 2020. This Indigenous charitable non-profit organization has been offering programming in the community and on the land for 25 years, including programs to connect people with ancestral foods and ancestral food production, harvesting and processing methods.

Stoney Creek 1 Indian Reserve, Vanderhoof:

  • $79,950 to expand the reserve’s modest existing food-production and distribution system through the acquisition of a commercial-size 279-square-metre (3,000 square feet) year-round greenhouse to be situated at a suitable location on the Saik'uz Reserve.

Ucwalmicw Centre Society, Lillooet:

  • $80,000 to complete a partially complete indoor building and turn it into a space for food processing, storage and distribution, and use as a space to host food-security training. This builds on the work of the Ucwalmicw Community Farm and will provide further work opportunities for members.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Victoria:

  • $80,000 to expand Marion's Garden to a residential property in Oak Bay that was given to the centre by the late Marion Cumming and remove invasive plants, add native plants, beehives, pollinator plants and grow vegetables/food year round to increase food security and feed the community.

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Vancouver:

  • $80,000 to develop a sustainable and secure irrigation infrastructure plan for the Cwelcwelt Kuc “We are Well" Garden through community consultation and implement short- and medium-term infrastructure improvements, such as an improved garden irrigation, a water-storage system and wash-and-pack facilities.

Xeni Gwet'in First Nations Government, Nemaiah Valley:

  • $79,500 to offer various workshops to community members to learn about traditional foods and harvesting, develop training and education materials in Tŝilhqot'in for various demographics in the community, hire a local Indigenous food lead and create opportunities for economic development by starting a local farmers’ market.