Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Yukon
Year(s) Funded: 2010-2011
Topic Area: Food Security
Contact: Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Christopher Alway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Partners: Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation
Title: Traditional Land Use Health Study
Action: Selkirk First Nation over the last ten years has been gathering Traditional Governance knowledge from Northern Tutchone Elders to ensure as much knowledge is preserved as possible. The focus up to this point has been on the traditional use of fish, wildlife and the land. Traditional Governance influenced every part of life for Northern Tutchone people. It is hoped that the continued focus in this project and others, on gathering Traditional Knowledge from Northern Tutchone Elders to help find a blend of contemporary and traditional knowledge that will allow the people to move forward to a healthier life and ensure the guidance of past generations is recorded and honoured.
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation owns and operates a greenhouse and potato farm. The vegetables produced provide a safe, locally grown, healthy food supply for the local residents and Citizens. Vegetables are given free to Elders, those with cancer, diabetics, and single and nursing mothers in order to encourage healthy eating habits. The community conducted nutritional testing on tomatoes produced to be made aware of the quality of their locally grown greenhouse foods.
Results: The nutritional test results proved that community grown tomatoes are comparable in nutritional value and quality of market tomatoes. The biggest difference is the fact that LSCFN grown tomatoes produce little or no greenhouse gas emissions and are a safe, reliable, local, organic, nutritional food source.
Outputs: Data on nutritional testing of locally grown tomatoes.