She's Planting the Seeds of Indigenous Food Sovereignty
How Jessie Housty feeds the growth of her Heiltsuk culture and community
Publisher: The Tyee
Date Written: 07/12/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23178
A look at the efforts of Jessie Housty, an Indigenous woman from British Columbia, who is helping to change the diet of her community that is overwhelmingly dominated by industrial food products.
A 2013 study published in the journal BC Studies found that, among British Columbia's Indigenous populations and throughout Canada and around the world, "family diets are now overwhelmingly dominated by industrial food products, with local traditional foods playing a supplemental role."
The study goes on to note that the 370 million indigenous people worldwide are "among those most vulnerable to food insecurity, malnutrition, and chronic disease... (and) B.C. First Nations continue to experience shorter life expectancy, higher mortality rates, and higher rates of infant mortality than do other residents of the province."