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Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives

Strengthening our Relationship 
with Food and Community

Photo credit: Condor Visual Media



Sharing knowledge about our food relatives ensures community health and the continuation of traditional land stewardship practices.

The Climate Science Alliance's Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project, “Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives: Strengthening our Relationship with Food and Community”, uplifts and supports Tribal partners in creating opportunities to reconnect and share knowledge and skills about specific traditional foods on their terms and in their own ways.

Indigenous food sovereignty refers to a reconnection to land and ocean-based food systems that uphold the sacred responsibilities to nurture relationships with the land, water, plants, and animals which provide food, fiber, and medicine for our communities. Indigenous food sovereignty acknowledges rights to these foods and the ability of communities and families to steward and use these culturally relevant foods as they see fit. This includes the freedom to make decisions on the amount and quality of food they hunt, fish, gather, grow, and eat.

Project Objectives

With guidance from elders and cultural practitioners, we are hosting training events and gatherings that include:

  •  Identifying and establishing best practices for harvesting, preparation, and preservation techniques.

  • Cultural knowledge on ancestral food systems and practices.

  • Hands-on experiences on the land for community harvesting, preparation, and preservation.


This program is funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Health Services and administered by the San Diego Foundation.

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