Northern Partnerships

Our partnerships with communities are built on respect, communication, and commitment.

This helps build a holistic food secure experience for people living in remote communities.

With our work through Northern Partnerships, we: 

Nurture long-term strong partnerships with Northern Indigenous communities 

Use our meaningful relationships within communities to maintain our understanding of community needs, and provide necessary resources and supports

This process results in co-developed, sustainable, and community-driven solutions to reduce food insecurity:

Traditional Harversting

We support partners with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can get out on the land to harvest (hunt, fish, trap, and gather) and feed their communities. Traditional Harvesting draws on the strength, experience, knowledge, and largely unbroken traditions of Indigenous community members to drive the local food system.

This system, through harvesting locally available healthy foods, is a powerful and sustainable means of reducing food insecurity in participating communities. 

Harvester Program

The Harvester program is one of the solutions that we’ve co-developed through our Northern Partnerships, but it is a program of its own as it goes beyond Traditional Harvesting. Through the Harvester Program not only do we support partners with resources, we also provide them employment.   

Medicine Supports

We support elders, youth, and adult community members with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can pick and process Medicine from water and land. 

Ceremony Supports

We support elders, youth, and adult community members with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can organize and engage in Nipahkwesimowin (Thirstdance), Matotsan (Sweat Lodge), Pahkwekamik (Preparation Lodge), and Ascakosak Iscikewin (Night Lodge/Star Blanket Ceremony). 

Gardening

We support partners with agricultural education and training, and with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can grow enough fresh produce to feed their communities. Our gardening supports connect agricultural experts and community partners that are eager to learn skills to further boost the local food system.

This system, through harvesting locally available healthy foods, is a powerful and sustainable means of reducing food insecurity in participating communities. 

Livestock

We support partners with agricultural education and training, and with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can produce meat and complement their community’s diet. Our livestock supports connect agricultural experts and community partners that are eager to learn skills to further boost the local food system.

This system, through harvesting locally available healthy foods, is a powerful and sustainable means of reducing food insecurity in participating communities. 

Infrastructure

We support partners with resources such as equipment and materials so that they can build the infrastructure required for their traditional harvesting, ceremony, and agricultural projects. This includes but isn’t limited to greenhouses, farm structures, and camps. 

Winter Roads

Keep in mind that some of our partner communities are difficult to access. We can only provide them the resources that they need seasonally, when winter roads are in function.