Queen's University

Adrianne Lickers Xavier

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Global Development Studies
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I am an Onondaga woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nations Territory. I am currently in the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and am completing a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University. I hold a BA in Anthropology from McMaster University as well as an MA in Intercultural and International Communication from Royal Roads.

My doctoral thesis is an autoethnographic account examining the implementation of a food security initiative, "Our Sustenance," at Six Nations. In addition to "Our Sustenance," I have been involved with community initiatives addressing water, addictions, and community health, and wellbeing. I have also pursued a lifelong education in my community's traditional ways of knowing and doing and, given my extensive training and experience in transcultural communication, I am regularly invited to share my knowledge and experience with Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic audiences across Canada and internationally. I have also published academically on the topic of Indigenous food security. I have taught courses on Traditional Ecological Knowledge as well as Women and Environmental Injustice.  

Most Recent Project

Our Sustenance; Learning to Grow at Six Nations

Logo: Six nations Our SustenanceMy 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. The knowledge of food security as an issue may be increasing, but food security 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 (FAO, 2017).

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. The growth of a community program and the building of a food system are interconnected.

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Other Projects

  • Food Secure Canada: Resetting the Table

     photo: audience at Food Security Canada's Resetting the Table Assembly.

    Food Secure Canada (FSC)'s 10th Assembly, Resetting the Table, was hosted in Montreal, QC, on November 1 – 4, 2018. It joined "Canada’s brightest food thinkers and most innovative organizations to share and develop practical solutions to national and global issues related to food - climate, equity, health and sustainability".

    It am honoured to have participated as a speaker, and co-curator of the Indigenous and Northern sessions for this Assembly.

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