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Climate Science Alliance Launches Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative

The Climate Science Alliance is excited to launch its Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project, “Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives: Strengthening our Relationship with Food and Community”, which will uplift and support Tribal partners in creating opportunities to reconnect and share knowledge and skills about specific traditional foods.


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Climate Science Alliance's Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project, Reconnecting with Our Food Relatives: Strengthening our Relationship with Food and Community, will uplift and support Tribal partners in creating opportunities to reconnect and share knowledge and skills about specific traditional foods. With guidance from Elders and cultural practitioners, trainings will include how to practice sustainable harvesting and respectful seed-keeping. Cultural practitioners will be invited to help identify and establish best practices and will teach food harvesting, preparation, and preservation techniques.



Yucca blossoms in a pot.

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 that provide food fiber and medicine for our communities. Indigenous food sovereignty acknowledges rights to these food relatives and the ability of communities and families to steward and use these culturally relevant relatives 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.


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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.


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Thank you, San Diego Foundation and San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, for selecting our organization to be one of 43 Community Food Grant Program recipients!

 

Learn more about the Climate Science Alliance’s Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project at climatesciencealliance.org/food-sovereignty.



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