Building Sustainable Local Food Solutions: How Canadian Indigenous Communities are Using the Social and Solidarity Economy to Implement Zero Hunger

Abstract - EN

In the face of chronic food insecurity brought on by centuries of colonialism, some Indigenous communities in Canada are turning to the social and solidarity economy to craft their own solutions to hunger. This paper explores these solutions, using a case study of the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC) to illustrate how they are helping to implement the second Sustainable Development Goal – zero hunger. Through local initiatives such as community gardens and greenhouses, co-operatives, community kitchens, school gardens, community-based food programs, food markets and public-sector procurement, they are also helping to implement other Sustainable Development Goals, while providing models that can be replicated in diverse communities. The emphasis on community ownership, control and benefits highlights the importance of a definition of the SSE that is based on community needs.

SDGs in this paper:

02. Zero Hunger03. Good Health and Well-Being04. Quality Education08. Decent Work and Economic Growth