Food prices are up 9% across Canada this year.
In Indigenous communities, food prices were already 2.5 times higher than the national average.
For many families, this is a crisis that's making it extremely difficult to provide regular healthy food for their children.
Photo source: OCIC/Allan Lissner
Towards food sovereignty
Indigenous community partners are speeding up their efforts on re-establishing local food systems. That means going back to traditional ways of feeding children, families and communities all year long.
School & Community Gardens
Gardens provide free produce for families during the summer.
Indoor growing projects will supply food for school meals this upcoming school year.
More fast-growing produce are being planted in Food Forests to respond to urgent food needs.
Traditional food harvesting activities like hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering provide an inexpensive and healthy food source and provide an opportunity for inter-generational learning.
Your support makes a difference
School gardens provide children, parents, teachers and Elders with hands-on learning, fresh fruits and vegetables, and the opportunity for inter-generational learning.
Community kitchens bring children, parents, Elders and educators together to prepare and celebrate cultural traditions about food.
More than 270,000 meals and snacks are provided to children in Indigenous communities across Canada each year.
Food forests will be expanded this year to three new communities benefiting more than 11,000 community members with fresh produce.
Story of Impact
Rising food prices: How Indigenous communities are responding
In May 2022, the UN Security Council met to address the global hunger crisis. This is unprecedented – the council usually meets to discuss global threats such as war. For hunger to rise to this level was unthinkable until now.
This global crisis is affecting families in every community we partner with, including in Indigenous communities in Canada. Learn how they are coping with rising food prices.Read more
Four ways indigenous children and youth are connecting to their food traditions:
- Gardens in school, at home, and in their communities.
- Traditional food harvesting like ice fishing, foraging, and hunting.
- Planting Food Forests to feed generations to come.
- Land-based educaton in school and community programs.
Food Forest Updates from Ahtahkakoop and Muskeg Lake
Four Indigenous communities are working on growing food forests in Alberta and Saskatchewan that will help feed over 11,000 people once complete.
Based on the science of permaculture, a food forest is a nature-inspired multifunctional agricultural system that provides fruits, vegetables, other edibles, medicines and more. Unlike a traditional farm, a food forest is self-sustaining once established.Read more
- Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, SK
- Atikameg (Whitefish Lake First Nation), AB
- Beardy's & Okemasis' Cree Nation, SK
- Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, ON
- Birch Narrows Dene Nation, SK
- Clearwater River Dene Nation, SK
- Deer Lake First Nation, ON
- Elsipogtog First Nation, NB
- Esgenoôpetitj First Nation, NB
- Fort Good Hope, NWT
- Garden Hill First Nation, MB
- Liidlii Kue First Nation, NWT
- Lubicon Lake Band, SK
- Mah Sos (Tobique First Nation), NB
- Montreal Lake Cree Nation, SK
- Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, SK
- Nain & Hopedale, NL
- Natoaganeg First Nation (Eel Groung First Nation School), NB
- Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation, MB
- O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation, MB
- Perth Andover Middle School (Tobique First Nation, NB
- Red Rock First Nation, ON
- Rigolet, NL
- Saddle Lake Boys and Girls Club, AB
- Sambaa K'e First Nation, NWT
- Tadoule Lake (Sayisi Dene First Nation), MB
- Thompson Boys and Girls Club, MB
- Tulita, NWT
- Wasagamack, MB
- Waywayseecappo, MB
About Canadian Feed The Children
Canadian Feed The Children is an award-winning registered Canadian charity that envisions a world where children thrive free from hunger and poverty. We have been taking action against childhood hunger in Canada and around the world for over 35 years.
We partner with 31 Indigenous communities across Canada, taking a community-led approach to support communities as they achieve their own long-term sustainable change.
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