SUSTENANCE SUPPORTER TOOLKIT

SUSTENANCE SUPPORTER TOOLKIT

A digital source of insights on how allied individuals and organizations can better support and act in solidarity with Indigenous sustenance sovereignty efforts within what is colonially referred to as Canada

this toolkit is not supported on mobile devices

The Toolkit is designed to deepen your understanding and analysis of the barriers and needs of Indigenous sustenance sovereignty efforts.

 

The Toolkit is comprised of various thematic sections presented below. You can move through each section in order in the Toolkit's entirety, or you can review it on a section-by-section basis. Where relevant, sections include:​

  • a list of terms used within the section

  • a topical resource for application

ABOUT

This toolkit is not:

  • an anti-oppression or cultural safety/competency training resource: it might inform but cannot replace  such resources. 

  • a comprehensive survey of historical and contemporary factors and policies that have impacted and continue to impact Indigenous sustenance sovereignty. It is also not a survey of barriers and obstructions internal to communities, as these conversations are the domain of Indigenous people.

  • representative of all Indigenous opinions, experiences,and realities. Insights are shared through a decolonial, anti-oppressive, anti-capitalist, anti-state, and prison abolitionist perspective.

DISCLAIMER

Indigenous experiences, needs, and visions with the ancestral networks of more-than-human species that sustain them are frequently omitted from mainstream climate conversations. Dialogue on food security, food sovereignty, and the relationship between agriculture and climate change is often settler-led.

The purpose of this toolkit is to re-orient climate conversations towards Indigenous realities and voices. Solidarity efforts are less harmful and more impactful when allies and accomplices are informed. This toolkit aims to provide non-Indigenous individuals and organizations with insights on:

  1. the barriers and challenges Indigenous people face in protecting, revitalizing, and practicing their sustenance practices

  2. what Indigenous sustenance initiatives and efforts need to thrive

Purpose

Anti-blackness and the erasure of both multiracial Black and Indigenous-to-Turtle Island Indigeneity and African Indigeneity are pervasive within and beyond Indigenous-to-Turtle Island communities. Also of issue is the erasure of Indigeneity in discourse on Central and South American migration, migrant labour, and the violence of colonial borders. In educating from a non-Black Indigenous-to-Turtle Island vantage point, this Toolkit attempts to make distinctions between Indigenous-to-Turtle Island experiences (which includes Black Indigenous individuals and other Indigenous-to-Turtle Island multiracial individuals), Black and African Indigenous diaspora experiences (which the author of the Toolkit has the responsibility to recognize but not speak from/for), and experiences of non-Black people of colour and non-Black peoples Indigenous to places other than Turtle Island (which the author of the Toolkit has the responsibility to recognize but not speak from/for). 

a note on language

fOOD SECURITY, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, AND INDIGENOUS SUSTENANCE SOVEREIGNTY

APPROPRIATION OF 

seeds, material culture, and knowledges

aboriginal law and carceral state violence

racism and violence against Indigenous Womxn, girls, Two-Spirit people, and the land

market-based approaches to food insecurity and resistance/resilience to capitalism

restoring and restorying 

pre/decolonial ways of relating and decision making

current GRANt MODELS VS FUTURE GENERATION PROJECTS

labour justice and a different way of funding

KNOWLEDGE

TRANSMISSION

AND CAPACITY

intergenerational 

learning and 

knowledge access

accomplicity building

unsettling,

disrupting, and leveraging privilege

Territorial displacement and dispossession, reparations and rematriation

Davies, Nicole. Title of Section in Sustenance Supporter Toolkit. Toronto: Indigenous Sustenance Reclamation Network, April 2020. Retrieved from https://www.isrn.ca/supporter-toolkit

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