Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Yukon
Year(s) Funded: 2010-2011
Topic Area: Food Security
Contact: Trudy Tom (email@example.com)
Partners:Little Salmon / Carmacks First Nation, Cambio Consulting
Title: Food Security and Our Future Leaders: Young Adults Build Capacity Through Northern Community Gardens
Action: A series of workshops for youth were held to address the relationship of food to climate change, the nutritional value of different foods, the value of local foods and to provide a chance to learn about various aspects of leadership to ensure residents are ready to sustain and expand the program in the future. It is vital to provide young people with a sense of accomplishment in participating in a meaningful agricultural-based program, ultimately leading to the development of interest in growing their own gardens.
The project was designed to deliver culturally appropriate and locally-based, long-term human health adaptation strategy based on increasing youth involvement in community gardens. This allows community to develop alternatives in food security as a mechanism to combat changes in the land and increased risks related to climate change.
Results: A series of workshops for youth were employed at the community garden helped youth think about local foods in the big picture of the global economy, climate change and healthy lifestyles. Youth were exposed to learnings through the passing down of knowledge of Elders and different visitors. Youth participated in field trips where they had the opportunity to learn about greenhouses, gardens and canning. The training built capacity and leadership in participating youth. This project increased the knowledge base of young First Nation adults in the area of nutrition and health by engaging them in the expansion of the community garden while teaching the fundamentals of leadership.
Outputs: A series of reports presenting workshop findings and activities undertaken.