Funding an important step toward Indigenous food sovereignty, says OKIB chief – Castanet

May 19, 2023

The chief of the Okanagan Indian Band says the announcement of provincial funding is an important step toward Indigenous food sovereignty.

The OKIB is among 15 First Nations across B.C. to each receive $80,000 for cultural food programs.

“The Indigenous Food Systems and Agriculture Partnership Program represents a meaningful step in increasing investments toward the success of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems and supporting their priorities and approaches,” Chief Byron Louis said in a press release.

Louis is also chair of the BC Indigenous Advisory Council on Agriculture and Food.

The council provided input on the design and scope of the program to better align with Indigenous-identified funding needs and priorities.

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