Developing the local economies of food in northern Indigenous communities
Communities in Canada’s North face a series of complex barriers to food accessibility and sovereignty. The Dene community of Kakisa in the Northwest Territories is partnering with Wilfrid Laurier University to research and implement solutions to food security and sovereignty. Kakisa leadership and residents plan to leverage their community economic development arm – Noda Enterprises Ltd - to create a food hub, where food can be grown, harvested processed, and distributed in ways that build economic resilience while promoting cultural resurgence, and respecting traditional customs of harvest and food sharing. Through the project, Noda will also strengthen its overall economic viability while supporting the health and wellbeing of the community.