2 Ontario Indigenous communities work together to create regional food cooperative – CBC

Jan 24, 2019

Representatives from 14 northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities sharing ideas at food security workshop

Ginoogaming and Aroland First Nations in northwestern Ontario are looking at setting up a food cooperative to serve nearby communities.

The idea is being discussed as part of the Understanding Our Food System conference, running Jan. 22-24 in Thunder Bay.

The three-day workshop, hosted by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, brought together representatives from 14 communities with access to Highways 11 and 17, to explore food security and food self-determination with the goals of creating a unique food plan for each community and building long-term support networks.

Food system ‘was our whole life’

The food system “was our whole life,” said Jessica McLaughlin, the project coordinator at the Indigenous Food Circle in Thunder Bay, and one of the key conference organizers.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/ginoogaming-food-cooperative-1.4990260

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