Bad River Food Sovereignty

Zhwenidig —

Take care of each other

Components of Food Sovereignty

What is food sovereignty?
Food sovereignty is the right of our people to
healthy and culturally appropriate food
produced with ecologically sustainable
methods, and our right to define our own food
and agriculture systems.
Food sovereignty is about decolonizing our
food system from production to consumption.
It puts the aspirations and needs of those who
produce, distribute, and eat food at the heart
of food systems and policies, and it defends
the interests and inclusion of the next
generations.
Food sovereignty recognizes the right of food
producers and harvesters to manage lands,
territories, waters, seeds, and livestock.
Food sovereignty also acknowledges the
ceremonial and cultural connection to food,
land, water, and community.
Food sovereignty is ultimately about taking
care of ourselves and our communities.

— Revitalizing Culture: Food is a fundamental
way to reconnect with our cultural
traditions and ceremonies, which are a
“protective factor” against health and social
wellness issues facing our community.
—Food For People via Food Security &
Food Justice: fair physical and economic
access to safe, nutritious, culturally
appropriate, and sustainably grown food at
all times across our community, especially
among those most vulnerable.
— Decolonizing our Diet: relearning
traditional foods, harvesting and cooking
skills; increasing health and well being of
people; & maintaining and exercising
traditional harvesting rights.
— Resilience: Our community’s ability to
recover quickly from difficulties (climate
change, etc.) and maintain wellness in the
face of adversity
— Sacred Sovereignty: Food is a gift from the
Creator; thus the right to food is sacred
and cannot be limited by colonial laws,
policies and institutions. Indigenous food
sovereignty is fundamentally achieved by
upholding our sacred responsibility to
nurture healthy, interdependent
relationships with the land, plants and
animals that provide us with our food.
—Cultivating Wellness: growing the health of
our community via healthy local and
traditional foods and nutrition
— Food Policy: creating our own tribal food
policies to safe guard all of the above.

What’s Happening with Food
Sovereignty in Bad River?

Planting the Seeds

Growing Together

Ways to Get Involved

Planting the Seeds is a Food
Sovereignty project funded by
a capacity building Seeds of
Native Health grant through
Notah Begay III Foundation,
which focuses on the following:

The Growing Together project
will work with 15 community
member volunteers who will:

Serve on the food sovereignty
committee to help shape the
future of food in our
community.

Decreasing and preventing
childhood obesity and diabetes
and promoting health and
wellness in our community via
healthy, local, and traditional
foods.
An in depth community food
assessment, to be used as a
planning tool for Bad River’s
food system.
Creation of a food sovereignty
committee of community
members to help guide the
further development of food
sovereignty in Bad River.
Creation of a long term (20
year) strategic food plan for
Bad River, including an action
plan to address childhood
diabetes and obesity.
Train and work with 2 youth
interns to learn assessment,
community building,
gardening, traditional harvest
skills, and more.

Be trained and work in the
community high tunnels and
gardens.
Learn valuable gardening and
traditional harvesting skills,
and more.
Receive a share of produce
from the community high
tunnel weekly.

Contact:
Bad River Food
Sovereignty
VISTA@badriver-nsn.gov
phone extension 1611
or stop by and visit us!

Serve on other committees
(such as gardening, hunting,
fishing, berries, and other
traditional harvest).
Apply to be a Growing
Together volunteer, or a
Planting the Seeds youth
intern.
Help out as you are able in the
gardens or high tunnels with
planting, watering, weeding,
etc.
Help plan and organize events
around traditional harvest such
as maple syruping/sugaring,
hunting, fishing, and more.