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Our Sustenance; Learning to Grow at Six Nations

six nations our sustenance logoMy research centres around a program called Our Sustenance, which was created out of a community request for food access. At Six Nations, that request specifically meant access to food locally. This was not a reference to where the food was grown, but was in direct relation to where people would be able to buy it.

Food security is a growing concern in Canada and around the world, and, though the knowledge of the issue may be increasing, problems are actually getting worse. “In 2016 the number of chronically undernourished people in the world is estimated to have increased to 815 million, up from 777 million in 2015 although still down from about 900 million in 2000 (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2017).”

Increasing research is being done within the media and academia to look at causes and effects of food security all across the country. This research seeks to look at the ways that food security in the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory in Southern Ontario has been changing and growing. The Our Sustenance program is bringing food, culture, and community together to increase food stability.

This research seeks to better understand the components and goals of this program, and will investigate the ways that the Haudenosaunee community has created a space for people to connect, or reconnect with themselves, each other, and the community.