Health authorities collaborate to address food security in Northern BC

Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority are providing funds for projects addressing food securi…

Northern Health and the First Nations Health Authority are providing funds for projects addressing food security and food sovereignty in Northern BC.

The Rural, Remote, and Indigenous Food Action Grant program provides up to $50,000 for projects as part of a broader BC and Health Authority commitment to improving food security in the province.

Anyone looking to apply has until midnight on February 17th to apply for funding.

Northern Health says food security exists when people have access to food that is affordable, culturally preferable, nutritious, and safe, and when communities have the ability to participate in, and to influence food systems.

Food sovereignty has been central to Indigenous cultures since time immemorial, Northern Health said.

“Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems,” according to Food Secure Canada.

The health authority says Indigenous food sovereignty (IFS) and food security are strongly linked in ways that differ for each individual, community, and Nation.

“Both Indigenous Food Sovereignty and food security are also directly related to physical, emotional, and spiritual connections with the land, air, and water,” said Northern Health in a release.

“Therefore, access to traditional lands for the purposes of hunting, fishing, and gathering foods supports Indigenous food sovereignty and food security. “

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