Fort Albany, Ontario
Year(s) Funded: 2018-2019
Topic Area: Food Security
Title: Climate Change and Food Security in Subarctic Canada: Adaptations through the Harmonizing of Indigenous Harvesting Pursuits and Agroforestry Activities to Form a Substantive Import-substitution Strategy
Summary: Fort Albany First Nations most recent research has focused on viewing the subarctic food system as a whole, with the main objective being the harmonization of traditional harvesting and agroforestry activities into one local, sustainable food system. One of the main harmonizing strategies was to use the by-products of traditional harvests of Canadian geese (i.e., innards, bones, and wood ash) to create natural fertilizers for supplementing nutrients into the community and home gardens. The end goal of this project was to have import substitution by creating a more reliable local-food system in light of global warming. The initiative is beneficial to the community by enhancing food security through the sharing of traditional meats, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. A framework for First Nations, healthcare professionals, planners and policy-makers was created on adaptive strategies to address subarctic First Nations Food Insecurity wile confronting climate uncertainties. More specifically the aim of this project was to enhance food security through the sharing of traditional meats, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The increased access to these foods is associated with health benefits of the individual household and community levels.