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National Indigenous History Month

Heal. Grow. Thrive

Welcome to our National Indigenous People's History Month Resource Hub, where we're celebrating the history and resilience of Indigenous food sovereignty.

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Our hub is designed to provide valuable and thoughtfully curated resources, including blogs, videos, and infographics, to educate, inspire, and support our shared journey towards reconciliation.

Why It Matters

Centuries of colonialism, cultural erasure, and residential schools have left deep scars on Indigenous communities, affecting their relationship with food and health for generations.

Indigenous families are twice as likely to be food-insecure, with food prices being 2.5 times higher than national averages in Indigenous communities.

This stark disparity emphasizes the urgent need for initiatives that support food sovereignty and sustainable local food systems. By reclaiming traditional practices and knowledge, Indigenous communities can heal, grow, and thrive on their own terms.

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Videos

The following documentaries were created by local Indigenous filmmakers, an indicator of our commitment to working in collaboration with Indigenous communities towards social and economic self-determination. We are thrilled to be able to raise Indigenous voices to share their own stories – part of our journey to reconciliation and healing.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Spirits in New Brunswick

Filmed on location in September 2023 in Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaw territories by Carr Sappier, a filmmaker, member and resident of Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation). Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Spirits in New Brunswick highlights the great work being done in Natoageneg (Eel Ground), Neqotkuk, Esgenoôpetitj and Elsipogtog First Nations to support children’s nutrition and land-based education in schools, and to improve food sovereignty in these Indigenous communities.

GROW: An Indigenous Food Sovereignty Story

Filmed on location in August 2023 by Eric Anaquod, a Regina-based filmmaker and member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. This video celebrates the accomplishments of the Indigenous Food Forest Initiative 2030 – which is stimulating community engagement and  promoting food sovereignty for Atikameg (Whitefish Lake First Nation) in Treaty 8 territory and Ahtahkakoop, Beardy’s & Okemasis’, and Muskeg Lake Cree Nations in Treaty 6 territory.

Take Action

We all have a responsibility to bring balance to Turtle Island. This Indigenous History Month, here is how you can participate: 

Give a gift. Make a meaningful contribution to Indigenous food sovereignty initiatives by donating today. Your support will help establish and maintain community gardens and food forests, empowering Indigenous communities to reclaim their food systems, cultivate traditional crops, and develop sustainable agricultural practices. Plus, your gift will be matched 2x until June 30, giving your gift twice the impact!

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Advocate

Support Indigenous-led initiatives and raise awareness for efforts that uphold food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and Indigenous rights. Your voice matters in spreading awareness and supporting the vital work of Indigenous communities.
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Artists' Spotlight

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Sarah Cronier

To celebrate the journey Indigenous communities across Turtle Island are taking to Heal. Grow. Thrive, we partnered with Sarah Cronier, our Senior Officer for Indigenous Programs and Partnerships, whose cultural background, experience with Indigenous traditions, and exceptional artistic talent help bring this vision to life. Sarah created original artwork that you will see throughout this month, reflecting her journey with traditional medicines and her commitment to sharing Indigenous wisdom.

Read more about Sarah, her artistic journey, and her creative process in this interview.

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Eric Anaquod

To authentically walk the path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, CFTC believes it is imperative to offer a platform for Indigenous creators to tell their own stories in their own voices. So when the opportunity to make a video documenting the growth and importance of food forests arose in late 2023, we knew just what we had to do. We reached out to Eric Anaquod, a Regina-based filmmaker and member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation, situated on Treaty 4 territory, for help. Drawing on his expertise and connection to his culture, he beautifully filmed GROW: An Indigenous Food Sovereignty Story in some of our partner communities across Saskatchewan.

Learn more about Eric and his work here.