Kluane First Nation, Burwash Landing, Yukon
Year(s) Funded: 2013-2014
Topic Area: Food Security
Contact: Roberta Martell, Kluane First Nation (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Kluane First Nation, Arctic Institute for Community-Based Research, Kluane Community Development Corporation
Title: Nourishing Our Future: An adaptive food security strategy to ensure the cultural and physical well-being of the Kluane First nation against the impacts of climate change in the Yukon
Action: A Community Advisory Committee called Team Food Security was established to provide overall project direction. Two local youth were hired to assist in conducting interviews and focus groups, as well as help with filming and editing for the final DVD of the project. In addition, AICBR conducted a literature review on traditional food systems and the Kluane Community Development Corporation conducted a feasibility study for a community greenhouse, which are included as appendices.
Results: In total, 31 interviews and one focus group were held in the community, in addition to interviews for the film. Twelve themes emerged from the interviews: the effects of climate change; sharing practices and methods; community hunts and fishing; ancient methods of conservation; outfitting concessions within KFN Territory; youth empowerment and mentorship; healthy eating; a community greenhouse; community gardening; agricultural projects; a community store and storage facility; and community celebrations and get-togethers.
Outputs: The research gathered knowledge and input from community members with recommendations for possible future actions.