12 - Exploring Student Perspectives of Indigenous Food Sovereignty

By: Megan Matthews  

There is a growing body of literature highlighting the significance of land-based learning to understanding issues relating to Indigenous food sovereignty. In August 2018, a 5-day Summer Institute was hosted in Mi’kma’ki (the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq) that explored the relationship between land, food and health, with a particular focus on Indigenous food sovereignty. This qualitative study will explore the experiences and perspectives of post-secondary students and early career researchers who attended this Summer Institute. Particularly, how if at all, the activities of the Summer Institute shaped their understanding of Indigenous food sovereignty, and how they might use the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing to consider issues relating to Indigenous food sovereignty into the future. To gather the participant's perspectives, two sets of focus groups will take place; the first set occurred at the Summer Institute and the second set will occur several weeks later via Skype. The focus groups will be audio-recorded and data will be analyzed thematically. It is anticipated that the findings will contribute to the health promotion literature about Indigenous food sovereignty by offering the unique perspectives of students and researchers who are learning about it from Mi'kmaq Elders, knowledge-holders and scholars. Additionally, the information gathered from this study will provide evidence to support or contest the value of land-based learning focused on Indigenous food sovereignty. This research study has received research approval from Unama’ki College Mi’kmaw Ethics Watch and Dalhousie University’s Research Ethics Board.

Food Sovereignty, Indigenous, Mi'kmaq, Education
Food, Politics, and Cultures
Poster/Exhibit Session

Megan Matthews

Graduate Student, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada