Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars,Women’s Press
292 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
January 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381091


Unlike any other resource on the market, this textbook explores a diverse array of Indigenous food systems from across Canada, including Anishinaabeg, Asatiwisipe, Cree, Métis, Migmag, and Tsartlip. Seeking solutions to food insecurity and well-being for current and future generations, Indigenous and non-Indigenous food practitioners and scholars document the voices and experiences of community members encountered in their research, thus promoting an understanding of the barriers and challenges to Indigenous food systems and presenting ways used to reclaim cultural identity and food sovereignty. Offering in-depth case studies and critical conversations, Indigenous Food Systems reinforces the importance of the revitalization of Indigenous food knowledges for the health and well-being of Indigenous and Canadian populations.

This unique collection is a critical resource for students studying food security and food sovereignty in Indigenous studies, public health, anthropology, and social sciences as well as a useful reader for policy-makers, researchers, and community practitioners.


  • highlights community-based case studies, which demonstrate how Indigenous communities are leading the way to design and implement community-based initiatives in collaborative spirit
  • pedagogical features including key terms, learning objectives, glossaries, critical thinking questions, and suggested reading lists in each chapter

Table of Contents

Foreword: Celebrating Indigenous Food Systems: Restoring Indigenous Food Traditions, Knowledges, and Values for a Sustainable Future
Harriet Kuhnlein

Chapter 1: Introduction
Priscilla Settee and Shailesh Shukla

Section I—Concepts: Understanding the Context

Chapter 2: Reflections and Realities: Expressions of Food Sovereignty in the Fourth World
Dawn Morrison

Chapter 3: Indigenous Philosophies and Perspectives on Traditional Food Systems Including Food as Cultural Identity: Maintaining Food Security in Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick
Elisa Levi

Chapter 4: Aki Miijim (Land Food) and the Sovereignty of the Asatiwisipe Anishinaabeg Boreal Forest Food System
Agnieszka Pawlowska-Mainville

Chapter 5: “Food Will Be What Brings the People Together”: Constructing Counter-Narratives from the Perspective of Indigenous Foodways
Leslie Dawson

Section II—Cases: Community-Based Action

Chapter 6: A Collection of Voices: Land-Based Leadership, Community Wellness, and Food Knowledge Revitalization of the WJOȽEȽP First Nation Garden Project
Erynne M. Gilpin and Mary Hayes

Chapter 7: Cultivating Resurgence from the Indigenous Food Sovereignty Lens: A Case Study from Northern Manitoba
Asfia Gulrukh Kamal and Ithinto Mechisowin Program Committee

Chapter 8: Rebuilding Cultural Identity and Indigenous Food Sovereignty with Indigenous Youth through Traditional Food Access and Skills in the City
Tabitha Robin (Martens) and Jaime Cidro

Chapter 9: Learnings from a Food Security Action Group in Alexander First Nation
Hara Nikolopoulos, Anna Farmer, David Dyck Fehderau, Joanna Campiou, and Noreen Willows

Chapter 10: Food Justice in the Inner City: Reflections from a Program of Public Health Nutrition Research in Saskatchewan
Lise Kouri, Rachel Engler-Stringer, Tenille Thomson, and Melody Wood

Section III—Conversations: Commentary and Contemporary Issues

Chapter 11: Damming Food Sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples: A Case Study of Food Security at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation
Shirley Thompson and Pepper Pritty

Chapter 12: The Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Priscilla Settee

Chapter 13: Perspectives from Métis Harvesters in Manitoba on Concerns and Challenges to Sustaining Traditional Harvesting Practices and Knowledge: A Distinctions-Based Approach to Indigenous Food Sovereignty
Brielle Beaudin-Reimer

Chapter 14: Socio-Historical Influences and Impacts on Indigenous Food Systems in Southwestern Ontario: The Experiences of Elder Women Living On- and Off-Reserve
Hannah Tait Neufeld

Chapter 15: Synthesis: Revitalizing the Past, Nourishing the Present, and Feeding the Future
Shailesh Shukla and Priscilla Settee


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