ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF INDIGENOUS LANDS AND NATIONS
Firstly, I want to acknowledge that the lands of which this project started on Klahoose, Tla’amin, Homalco Nations territories. Food in Indigenous cultures are relational.
I was taught that food is an essential way of life that can be used to strengthen our relationships. First Nations and Indigenous Peoples have had their cultural roots taken away from them; cultural genocide being one of the ways that colonial governments still use to oppress them while pretending to give them voice. In presenting this project, I am reminded of the privilege that many people have, including me, to have food access and security. I am here writing about food and trauma while many First Nations and Indigenous Peoples are on the frontlines, trying to secure their cultural foods and lands from greedy governments. Please take a lot of time and energy to learn about food sovereignty in Indigenous and First Nations communities and how you can be an ally. For many reasons, I cannot be doing the research for you and providing links. I think that one way to be an ally is to actually GO OUT and find out what ways you can build connections to First Nations and Indigenous communities with care, respect and accountability.
Read more about "Territory Acknowledgements" through Indigenous Writer, Selena Mills on what they are and why they are important.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THIS PROJECT (CLICK TO READ)