White River, Yukon
Year(s) Funded: 2010-2011
Topic Area: Food Security
Partners: White River First Nation
Title: To Feed Our Community Project
Action: Options for food storage were explored based on output by existing facilities such as a garden and greenhouse. Much of the community continues to rely on traditional foods such as moose, caribou, fish, berries, and others, and does not have a community-based means to preserve these or any other foods. This is an area of vulnerability for the community in terms of being able to provide the community with healthy traditional foods in the off-season or in difficult times with limited harvest. This project aimed to build a food storage facility for emergency use and for general use (e.g. traditional foods, meat from outfitters, etc.) for residents of White River First Nation.
Results: Community capacity was increased in the learning of efficient ways to proceed with the construction of the foundation for the food storage structure. The community gained self-assurance and a belief in ability to succeed in the future. The project increased the self-sufficiency of the community by providing a means by which the community can store foods both seasonally and in case of an emergency.
Outputs: Construction of an underground food security storage facility.