FoodARC Awarded SSHRC Connection Grant for Looking Back to Move Ahead Project!

Nova Scotia has consistently reported some of the highest rates of food insecurity in Canada, with the legacy of colonisation and persistent environmental racism exacerbating these issues for Indigenous peoples. There is growing momentum to increase access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food produced in socially just, ecologically and economically sustainable ways. Challenges that emerged for FoodARC and its partners included the need for contextually relevant knowledge mobilization tools, engagement with Indigenous partners to address food related challenges from Indigenous and Two Eyed Seeing approaches, and avenues for knowledge exchange, strategizing and decision making to advance food sovereignty and justice in Nova Scotia. Thanks to the recently awarded SSHRC Connection grant, FoodARC and its network of partners can now embark on an exciting new project Looking Back to Move Ahead: Outreach, Knowledge Mobilization, and Intersectoral Exchange to Advance Food Security in Nova Scotia.

Working with Mi’kmaw communities, researchers, participants, students, government, community and partner organizations, the project will include a series of regional intersectoral outreach, knowledge mobilization and capacity building activities to move our research to action with a focus on regional priorities and interests. In partnership with Mi’kmaw communities we also plan to host storytelling and knowledge exchange gatherings to explore Indigenous ways of knowing and Two-Eyed Seeing approaches to food-challenges in Nova Scotia. These activities will allow us to co-create knowledge around potential solutions to improve food insecurity and Indigenous food sovereignty in Nova Scotia. Finally the grant will engage new and existing partners in a visioning and planning session to map out FoodARC’s next direction and priorities in the areas of food security, sovereignty and justice research in Nova Scotia.

Stayed tuned for event details coming in early 2017!  If you have questions or would like to be involved please contact Madeleine at foodarc.coordinator@msvu.ca.

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