Traditional Practices | ᐊᓂᔑᓂᓂᐤ ᑐᑕᒧᐎᓇᐣ

The right to food is sacred and cannot be defined by colonial laws, policies and institutions. Our Indigenous understanding of the land, animals, plants and birds establishes our sacred responsibility inherent in the laws of creator, laws of the land and laws of the people.

The ability and desire to respond to our own needs for healthy, culturally adapted Indigenous foods including the amount and quality of food we hunt, fish, gather, grow and eat. Having a choice to move away from dependence on grocery stores or corporately controlled food production, distribution and consumption in industrialized economies.

Traditional economic activities such as sharing, communal storage and distribution, as well as intra and inter community trade sustained NAN members through reciprocal mutually beneficial relationships and was integral to our belief systems.

Action

Community based actions such as harvesting strategies and practices, community freezers and root cellars, hunter support programs, alternative markets offer support for traditional practices, re-establishing trade systems, and engaging youth.

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