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Food Sovereignty on the Menu at Traditional Foods Conference

by Isaac Oommen

TSESHAHT FIRST NATION—Traditional diet, harvesting rights, seafood contaminants and community health were all on the menu at the 5th Annual Traditional Foods Conference on Vancouver Island. Jointly hosted in Port Alberni on September 28 and 29 by the Tseshaht First Nation and the Nuu chah nulth Tribal Council, the free conference was themed "Feeding Our Future Generations." A space to promote and encourage traditional foods and food practices, the annual event has always focused on four pillars: nutrition, healing, safety and community. This year, sustainability was added as a fifth pillar.

This video was originally published by the Vancouver Media Co-op. Isaac K. Oommen is a freelance journalist and academic researcher based in the Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

Geography: West

October 12, 2012


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