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2022

Washoe Tribe receives $380K grant to restore meadow, forest

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California was awarded a $380,454 grant by the California Tahoe Conservancy Board for the Máyala Wáta Restoration Project at Meeks Meadow.

Meeks Meadow has cultural importance for the Washoe Tribe, but the meadow’s ecological health has declined since European settlers drove the Washoe off their ancestral lands. The roughly 300-acre meadow served as a historical summer camp for the Washoe people, who hunted game, fished, gathered plant materials, and held ceremonies in the meadow and adjacent Meeks Bay area.

Traditional cultural harvest helps native tuber ‘go gangbusters’ in regional Victoria

Munyang is a tuber traditionally harvested by Indigenous Australian poeple. Through a grant, one business is finding a way to combine the old with the new to come up with amazing results

FOOD CANT BE MEDICINE UNTIL IT IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL: An Interview with Camren Stott

The Kent County Food Policy Council interviews Camren Stott, Anishinaabe chef and co-owner of Thirteen Moons Kitchen.

As part of our Everybody Eats project, the Kent County Food Policy Council is highlighting food experiences in Kent County. Below is an interview with Camren Stott, an Anishinaabe chef and co-owner of Thirteen Moons Kitchen from Grand Rapids who works to ensure that culturally relevant food is available to Indigenous communities. Camren is also a member of the Kent County Food Policy Council.

SEED EXCHANGE IN COLOMBIA PROMOTES TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY 

GLOBAL VOICES

 

Mónica Solarte is an agronomist from the Polindara Indigenous people, who live in the municipality of Totoro, 30 kilometers from Popayán, in Cauca, southern Colombia. The Polindara Indigenous nation obtained recognition as such in 2014.

Solarte is a high school teacher and is part of a project called “Flavors and Knowledge” of the Polindara, which encourages the consumption of local foods such as arracacha tubers, sweet potatoes, and cacha beans.

For the Polindara, agroecology ensures the availability of healthy food for consumption, preserves its traditional production systems and ensures the conservation of biological diversity through its orchards.

COROMANDEL IWI TAKE BACK THE REINS TO PROTECT THE FOREST FROM KAURI DIEBACK DISEASE.

NEWSHUB by Kethaki Masilemani

 

Two-hundred years later, among the few trees that were spared, Ngāti Hei found kauri dieback - and this time they're taking the lead in conservation of the land. 

But while the Hukarahi Block belongs to Ngāti Hei, it borders farmland and private properties and is frequented by hunters and hikers. 

Project manager Joseph Kelsall insists "we have a common enemy in Kauri dieback and we need to get together to make a plan to restrict the movements within this area".

Food as Medicine Project Centers Community Needs with Additional $500k Secured for Produce Prescription Program in Upper Manhattan and Bronx.

Together, we are reframing Food as Medicine from a community perspective rather than solely from the perspectives of clinicians, hospitals, or insurance companies in deciding what healthy means for our community,” says Dennis Derryck, Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of Corbin Hill Food Project.

“We cannot continue the status quo of treating people as only patients or consumers. Through our program, we’re attempting a new model that centers equitable access and allows communities to have a voice and make decisions regarding food programs that support their health and wellbeing,” says Derryck.

HIGHER LEVELS OF BIODIVERSITY APPEAR TO REDUCE EXTINCTION RISK IN BIRDS

University of Michigan Jim Erickson.

A new University of Michigan study has found that higher levels of biodiversity—the enormous variety of life on Earth and the species, traits and evolutionary history they represent—appear to reduce extinction risk in birds.

PROJECT BOOSTS BIODIVERSITY AND PROFITS IN SPANISH OLIVE GROVES

FOOD TANK by Morgane Batkai

The world’s largest project on olive groves finds that adopting nature-positive farming practices increases local biodiversity and profits for farmers. The project was partly funded by Europe’s LIFE Programme, Europe’s leading funding institution for environment and climate action, and coordinated by the non-profit organization SEO Birdlife.

IWI-LED CONSERVATION GROUP BEGIN RAUKUMARA RANGE PROJECT 

RNZ by Matai O'Conner
 

In 2020, years of determination to heal the Raukūmara Ranges culminated in the funding announcement that $34 million was being given to Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui in partnership with the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai to restore the mauri of the forest.

The Raukūmara Pae Maunga Restoration Project has employed an interim general manager, Jade King-Hazel, who along with others have been working on getting their operational planning of the project completed, now they are in the stage to deliver on those plans.

BIODIVERSITY MATTERS TO EVERYONE SO LETS PROTECT IT

ESRI by Dawn Wright

It is essential that we all care about biodiversity. As Dr. Healy Hamilton, chief scientist of NatureServe, pointed out in her Keynote Address during the Esri Science Symposium at this year’s Esri User Conference, diversity of life is the foundation of our ecological, cultural, economic, and spiritual well-being. It has everything to do with the food we eat: 15 crop plants feed 90 percent of the world’s population, yet 400,000 plant species are known to have edible parts, Hamilton noted. It has everything to do with the medicines we take: 40 percent of drugs come directly from the biodiversity in creatures such as amphibians, sea cucumbers, and bats, she said.

There's no Spirit left in a Twinkie: Expanding my view on Indigenous Food

“There’s no spirit left in a Twinkie,” Linda Black Elk, an ethnobotanist from Catawba First Nation, joked.

We often forget the relationship we have with food but many Natives, myself included, understand the statement “no spirit left.” Call it soul, nutrients or energy, there’s no spirit left in processed foods that restrict any natural interaction with pollinators and animals.

Nor is there spirit in foods genetically modified to look “perfect” instead of focusing on planting a healthier seed diversity

ARTIC CONSERVATION IN THE HANDS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

The Wilson Quarterly - VICTORIA QUTUUQ BUSCHMAN

Practicing conservation in more equitable and meaningful ways without sacrificing important end goals

JEFF WARD ON DRIVING CHANGE FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WITH TECHNOLOGY

THE GLOBE & MAIL by KARL MOORE AND WÁHIAKATSTE DIOME-DEER.

Jeff Ward, who is Ojibwe and Métis, is the founder and chief executive officer of Animikii, an Indigenous technology company that creates digital products and provides website and software development services. In 2003, he left Silicon Valley to found the business, whose aim is to empower Indigenous-focused organizations and leverage technology as a force for cultural, economic and social impact.

MEASURING SUCCESS: THE PATH TO REAL CONSERVATION GAINS.

YALE NEWS by Bill Hathaway

 

The last decade has seen important but insufficient progress in protecting areas that are home to endangered species worldwide, conservation leaders say. As governments prepare to discuss new conservation goals at the 2022 U.N. Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China, Yale’s Walter Jetz and colleagues argue that key scientific advances in measuring conservation success can support better progress in the coming decade.

Writing in a recent issue of the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, they make the case that novel ways to integrate global data can improve national efforts to estimate the numbers and locations of endangered species and prevent extinctions.

NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS TRADITIONAL FOODS AS FOUNDATIONAL TO THE HEALTH & WELLBEING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.

FOODTANK by Amylark Lorwood.

A recent study from the Assembly of First Nations, the University of Ottawa, and the Université de Montréal finds that traditional food is a foundation of First Nations peoples’ health and well-being. Unfortunately, First Nations experience four times the rate of food insecurity as the non-Indigenous population, as well as disproportionate levels of nutrition-related diseases.

2021

Tropical Leaves

September 29th, 2021

  • In Costa Rica’s Talamanca region, Indigenous Bribri women are championing sustainable agroforestry practices in a tradition that stretches back for millennia.

  • Known as fincas integrales, it’s a system that mimics the diversity and productivity of the forest: timber trees provide shade for fruit trees, which in turn shelter medicinal plants, amid all of which livestock and even wildlife thrive.

  • One of the few matrilineal societies in the world, the Bribri women are taking back their leadership after decades of decline and social problems in the community.

  • Talamanca is also home to vast monoculture plantations of crops like bananas, a completely different farming system that relies on the heavy use of pesticides — a practice that the Bribri women say destroys the land.

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River

August 4th, 2021

Sammy Gensaw, 26, grew up paddling redwood canoes on the Klamath River and driving the winding mountain roads of California’s North Coast. Since he was 10, Gensaw has been advocating for his people – and the food provided by the river and its valley – at government meetings and with nonprofit groups.

Giving Indigenous communities the means to feed their families is a responsibility Gensaw wants to take on, starting with giving people access to healthful food choices.

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Toluca National Park

May 2021

The jewels of America’s landscape should belong to America’s original peoples.

 

By David Treuer

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Home Grown Vegetables

10 July 2021

“In this critical phase of life on our planet, a new paradigm of economic and demographic growth is only possible if the Earth’s ecology is preserved and enhanced,” says Davide Bollati, Davines Group Owner & Chair. “With the aim of tackling this gigantic task, Davines Group has been doing its part throughout the years with humility and enthusiasm for the cause. Partnering now with Rodale Institute, a true kindred spirit and dynamic pioneer of this regenerative vision, is a collaborative way to take greater steps on our journey to making the world a more beautiful place through beauty, ethics and sustainability. We hope our partnership will not only positively impact our product development and supply chain, but also serve as a catalyst for change that will animate sustainability studies and regenerative organic farming practices in Italy, Europe and beyond.”



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Worlds End South Africa

9 July 2021

Scientists from South Africa and the United States are launching a campaign to map marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species and ecosystems in one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots: the Greater Cape Floristic Region at the southwestern edge of South Africa.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will fly planes over the area for six weeks in 2023 to measure the height and structure of vegetation and collect ultraviolet, visual, thermal, and other imagery across terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. In addition, teams on the ground will observe locations of particular interest, log plants and, possibly, animals they detect.

Using this data, the team will map the region’s biodiversity, provide estimates of species’ distribution and abundance, and the boundaries of ecosystems, and research how biodiversity impacts the physical environment and vice versa. In other words, the campaign will help scientists understand the structure, function and composition of ecosystems in the study area.



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Peeled Corn

16 June 2021

Most conversations about food tend to travel along a horizontal plane, spanning the distance from farm to table. But in continuing the work toward a more just food system, we also must travel vertically — deep into the soil. We need to talk about seeds and, in doing so, some of us need to do less talking and more listening.

Shiloh Maples is affiliated with the Ojibwe and Odawa tribes as part of the larger Anishinaabe community. She is based in Southeast Michigan and acts as Upper Midwest regional coordinator for the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, a national program organized by the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance. Her work is centered on seeds as a core element of food sovereignty for Indigenous communities across the United States.



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Foggy Forest

10 June 2021

A colleague recently told me that climate justice is about building ties between people, their land, and their traditional, ancestral ways. In all my years of doing environmental work, this is one of most succinct ways I’ve heard to describe what climate justice means for Indigenous People and communities: Reconnecting to our land is an integral piece of addressing climate change, for both our Nations and our wider communities.



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Jade Begay

Forest

6 June 2021

The People’s Summit is composed primarily of movements of landless peasants, agricultural workers, fisherfolk, indigenous people, rural women and youth—or small food producers who produce 70% of the world’s food, yet remain among the world’s poorest and food insecure.

“The issue of landlessness and land grabbing is not in the agenda of the UNFSS. Nowhere in its so-called Action Tracks do discussions highlight critical trends such as on land concentration and reconcentration in the hands of big agribusiness firms and their network of local landlords and compradors, nor on the massive displacement of rural communities to give way to big private investments and large development projects,” said Chennaiah Poguri, chairperson of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC).



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Scoop

Frozen Landscape

1 June 2021

"We argue that Indigenous Māori frameworks offer powerful ways of thinking about how we protect the Antarctic, by focusing on responsibilities rather than rights, including the responsibilities we have to future generations," she says.

Antarctica is unlike any other place on Earth -- it is remote, there are no permanent human settlements, and no one nation has sovereignty.

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University of Otago

Green Herbs

24 May 2021

Director of the Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative (FSI), Matte Wilson, weaves together Lakota tradition and modern models to form award-winning ideas about regenerative farming on the Sioux Rosebud Reservation in south-central South Dakota.

Today, high rates of food insecurity, unemployment and diseases such as diabetes and heart disease are common among many Native American tribes including the Sicangu Lakota Oyate (Burnt Thigh Lakota Nation). As such, organizations are working to help reestablish the economy.

Wilson explains that food insecurity on various reservations is common with the destruction of the buffalo economy. (The Sioux historically refer to bison as buffalo.) The Lakota/Dakota/Nakota nations, which are all part of the Great Sioux Nation, traditionally followed and hunted buffalo herds and harvested plants along the way.

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Everlyn Red Lodge

Frog

6 May 2021

Vanishing insects, soil without earthworms, dying coral reefs: biodiversity is clearly on the decline. Two years ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published an alarming report with a clear message: we must turn the tide before ecosystems collapse. The future of humanity is hanging by a thread. Biodiversity forms the basis for our existence, providing us with food, clean drinking water, climate adaptation, and a buffer against disease. This realisation is the driving force behind the mission that Liesje Mommer, Professor of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, has formulated for Wageningen University & Research (WUR): to reverse the decreasing biodiversity curve. She wants to connect all WUR initiatives, research studies and researchers working on biodiversity. Her motto: we are better together.

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Landscape News Editor

Fresh Herbs Close Up

4 May 2021

An urban farmer, seed keeper, and member of the Tlingit Nation, Kirsten Kirby-Shoote is uplifting Indigenous food sovereignty

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By Brenna Houck

Augmented Reality

25 April 2021

School of Architecture Indigenous Scholars named inaugural residents at Center for Architecture Lab

“Our theme for the Center for Architecture Lab residency is ‘Indigenous Futurism,’” Gallegos said. “We will be exploring narratives of the future for Indigenous communities and architectural sovereignty guided by the lenses of technology, alternative worlds, science fiction and studies of temporality.”

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Nature Artwork

Marisol Carty

Red Ibis

22 April 2021

Ancient Indigenous forest gardens promote a healthy ecosystem

A new study by historical ecologists finds that Indigenous-managed forests -- cared for as 'forest gardens' -- contain more biologically and functionally diverse species than surrounding conifer-dominated forests and create important habitat for animals and pollinators.
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Story Book

Simon Fraser University

Fresh Lettuce

17 April 2021

How to lead a community pantry in your barangay

Do you want to start a community pantry in your barangay? 

What started out as a lone initiative in Maginhawa created ripples across the country as several barangays put up their own community pantry or “bodegang bayan” to help Filipinos badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  (READ: ‘Pagod na ako sa inaction’: How a community pantry rose to fill gaps in gov’t response)

The woman behind the initiative, Ana Patricia Non, set up a bamboo cart with free grocery goods along the popular Maginhawa Street in UP Village on Wednesday, April 14. 

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Boat on a Lake

Rapper.com

Black Soil

31 March 2021

Game-changing soil research set to drive new era of carbon farming

Currently, the focus is on soil research. Specifically, using regenerative practices to restore degraded soils and increase soil carbon. Examples include various applications of multispecies cover crops, effects of pesticides on soil microbial diversity, integrating biochar into regenerative agriculture practices and building soil carbon through regenerative practices.

“In order to have impact, these projects have been designed as pilots to build capacity in different bioregions across the country. Our multi-species cover cropping will be triangulated across three states of Australia,” said Ms Gordon.

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Education

Education

Man walking in Nature

28 March 2021

Tribal Broadband as a Cyber Superhighway to Sovereignty

“Small planning grants and proof of concept models were able to work and show [tribal networks are] a viable solution that could bring in more money later,” says Hannah Trostle, the author of the ILSR report. “It’s feasible, and it’s possible.” ILSR has counted nearly four dozen tribes in what’s considered the United States with their own internet networks.

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VALERIE VANDE PANNE

Native News Online

Hiking in Nature

10 March 2021

Accelerating the Regenerative Revolution: The Nature Conservancy Invests in Emerging Agri-Tech Firms to Speed Progress Against Ambitious Soil Health Goals

By establishing portfolio of emerging companies targeting improved soil health outcomes, TNC aims to prime the pump for sustainable innovation across investment sectors

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Seashell

The Nature Conservancy

CSRWire

Organic Vegetables

8 March 2021

Empower women – Organic movement opens doors

AS the recovery from COVID-19 in the Pacific gains momentum, agriculture and food systems are central to its success.

The organic movement in Fiji and region-wide has continued to grow, even during this still lingering calamity.

Now is the time to support organics in agriculture, and the movement cannot play a strong role in COVID recovery without recognising one of its central driving forces – women.

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Jamie Kemsey

Fiji Times

Man in Farm

7 March 2021

Giving farmers a bigger say in tackling biodiversity and climate change

Farming for Nature is a national initiative that highlights the positive role that farmers play in looking after nature on their land. It aims to share their practical insights through a range of short films, podcasts, webinars, and farm walks.

 

 

These give them a louder voice in the debate as to how action can be taken at farm level to tackle biodiversity and climate crises in Ireland.

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Ray Ryan

Irish Examiner

Stormy Forest

3 March 2021

5 facts you might not know about why forest biodiversity matters

The Earth’s forests are some of the richest and most biodiverse habitats we have.

Not only do they serve as important carbon sinks, but up to 350 million people living in or near them rely on their ecosystems for a range of basic needs, from food and shelter, to energy and medicine.

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Sean Fleming

World Economic Forum

Green Herbs 2

27 February 2021

The Preservation of Culture Begins With a Seed

Mitchell, 28, who was a board member at the Food Project in Boston before going to work at Greensgrow Farm in Philadelphia, told Sierra, “When I started farming, it felt very healing to me. It was a way of doing some ancestral trauma healing work, and it felt very important to me that my agricultural practice was related to this.” 

Eventually, Mitchell searched for ways to deepen her agricultural practice and knowledge. In 2016, she attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference, and while there she couldn’t help but notice that she was one of the few people of color. Looking to connect with farmers of color, she struck up a conversation with a Black elder and asked what his needs were. He told her: high-quality seeds that are culturally appropriate and easily accessible to Black farmers and gardeners

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Pair of Acorns

Aaron Mok

Sunrise on Nature

25 February 2021

Belowground biodiversity in motion: Global change alters microbial life in soils - and thereby its ecological functions

Soil microorganisms play a critical role in the survival of life-sustaining ecosystems and, consequently, human well-being. Global assessments continue to provide strong evidence that humans are causing unprecedented biodiversity losses. However, existing information is strongly biased towards selected groups of vertebrates and plants, while much less is known about potential shifts in belowground communities.
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Wild Mushrooms

15 February 2021

Mapping Mycelium: Sowing Stories of Resistance

In nature, everything works together and there is deep collaboration from all beings to survive. Moss, lichen, fungi, trees and roots are all connected to each other and create life and possibility beyond language, time and generation. The roots of the forest floor share knowledge and guidance in the movement for change and liberation.

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Flower Girl

Angel Harris

The Daily Barometer

Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya

12 February 2021

Neglected indigenous trees solve malnutrition and land degradation

The benefits are sometimes ignored with tropical tree-sourced foods clustered as “lost, underutilized or neglected” because they are overlooked by governments and development agencies. But hundreds of millions depend upon them, and they have huge potential to contribute significantly to the availability of fruit and vegetables.

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Orange Abstract

World Agroforestry

World Agroforestry

Sunset in Mountain

11 February 2021

New study reveals biodiversity important at regional scales

New research shows that biodiversity is important not just at the traditional scale of short-term plot experiments--in which ecologists monitor the health of a single meadow, forest grove, or pond after manipulating its species counts--but when measured over decades and across regional landscapes as well. The findings can help guide conservation planning and enhance efforts to make human communities more sustainable.

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City in Valley

Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

EurekAlert

Organic Strawberries

7 February 2021

Restoring the balance of nature and reversing food insecurity starts with land reform

The seed for food sovereignty has been firmly planted on South African soil. It is this seed which must now grow into a stronger, bolder, impactful network that can take food sovereignty to the next level.

 

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Tiger

Mazibuko Jara

Maverick Citizen

Cracked Earth

3 February 2021

Building soil and ecosystem health for food and nutritional security: A worm’s eye view

The world’s food supplies are still very deeply connected with the soil: without healthy, well-functioning soil, we cannot produce nutritious food. It’s as simple as that. 

 

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LEIGH ANN WINOWIECKI

Forest News

Organic Vegetables

21 Jan 2021

Hui planned for marae-based project teaching Kaipara residents to grow kai

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A new marae-based project has been launched to help Kaipara residents grow their own food.

The first of four educational hui will be held this month to teach people how to transform their backyards into food bowls."

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Story Book

The Country

Beach at Sunset

20 Jan 2021

Activists Rally At Capitol To Support Local Farmers

Farmers and activists gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol Wednesday to call on lawmakers to provide more land and resources to subsistence farmers

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Seashell

Honolulu Civil Beat

Cooking in Nature

18 Jan 2021

Profiles in Food Justice

In that spirit, a few of Stone Pier Press’s News Fellows sat down with a sampling of the leaders fighting to create a more equitable and just food system. From indigenous activists striving for tribal food sovereignty to an organization returning farmland to the communities where it belongs, these are the people who are rewriting the story of food. These are their stories; we hope they leave you feeling as inspired as they did us.

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Hot Air Balloons

Jared Kent

Stone Pier Press

Plant

13th Jan 2021

The Kinship of Plants and People 

Eighty humble plants and the wisdom of North American indigenous people add up to simple yet magnificent insights in Enrique Salmón's new book, Iwígara: American Indian Ethnobotanical Traditions and Science

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Lou Fancher

East Bay Express

Palm Trees

6th Jan 2021

Moñeka De Oro and Her Recipes of Resistance

Unlike many of her peers, De Oro grew up in a CHamoru-speaking household. Her dad, an avid gardener, taught her to care for the land, while her grandmother taught her traditional CHamoru medicine. As a young adult, she apprenticed with local healers, spending her days foraging for herbs and studying the health benefits of coconuts

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Flower Arrangement 4

Madeleine Gregory

Sierra Magazine

Organic Blueberries

2021

UN International Year of Fruit & Vegetables, IFOAM Organic International.

The IYFV 2021 is a unique opportunity to raise awareness on the important role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition, food security, and health and as well in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Tropical Plants

IFOAM

Organics International

Tranquil forest

2020

‘Nutri-scapes’ a recipe for better nutrition.

Scientists embrace benefits of trees in landscapes for livelihoods and nutrition.

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Pair of Acorns

Daniella Silva

Forest News

Open Field

December 29, 2020

Improving sustainability through innovation

This project aims to:

  • share existing nature friendly farming practice across a range of farm and croft types across four regions in Scotland.

  • create regionally context specific communities to develop nature friendly farming networks and create a supportive community to guide, advise and share practices to bring back biodiversity to farmed landscapes.

  • create a legacy resource in the form of a film to highlight existing practice and share potential actions to enable the restoring, preserving and enhancing of biodiversity.

  • establish a network who will benefit from future activity to develop biodiversity identification skills.

Pine Spruce Branches 2

Scottish Government News

Scottish Gov.

Picking Apples in Orchard

November 30, 2020

Organic farming in India 3 women agripeneurs who are making a change.

Globally, there is empirical evidence that women have a decisive role in ensuring food security and preserving local agro-biodiversity. The reason being that rural women are responsible for the integrated management and use of diverse natural resources to meet the daily household needs.

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Tropical Flower

Steena Joy

Lifestyle

Sunset in Mountain

2020

There is a field: Reimaging Biodiversity in Aotearoa.

"These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other."

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Tree Leaves

Joseph Cederwall

The Dig

Sand Dunes

September 24th, 2021

“We have been here since time immemorial.”  

There might be no phrase more ubiquitous in Indian Country than this. (Insert obligatory “skoden,” and “ ayy,” references.) The meaning of the phrase is clear: Indigenous peoples have existed on and stewarded these lands for far longer than modern conceptions of time or human history have ever acknowledged. This truth — this fact — is enshrined through our stories, through our bodies, and through our natural relatives. So why is it that Indigenous findings and voices continue to be ignored, even when they are proved correct?

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Green Roofs

July 30, 2021

Cities have an incredible opportunity to realign human interests with nature and its biodiversity. Due to the lockdowns of the past year, many people have found a renewed appreciation for green public space and blue skies. Now, some cities are leveraging the opportunity of stimulus measures to access resources to move towards a green and just recovery. Integrating the principles of circularity and custodianship of biodiversity can help achieve this goal.

The relationship between biodiversity and the circular economy is not entirely clear cut. Although we may need biodiversity for a circular economy, biodiversity does not necessarily need the circular economy. Nevertheless, it is becoming increasingly clear that aligning the circular economy with the biodiversity agenda can make important contributions to global recovery efforts and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ultimately, cities need to look beyond their own boundaries and understand the biodiversity impact of products and raw materials they produce and import. The challenge will not only be about preserving the last remaining natural places, but to create new ones, especially in cities.

There are three ways in which circular principles can be applied to cities whilst respecting nature and supporting biodiversity.


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Red Orange Light Art

22 July 2021

After 20 years and hundreds of students, one of Māoridom's most important artists has retired from his role as an educator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa at the age of 82.

Sandy Adsett of Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Pāhauwera created Toimairangi School of Māori Visual Art at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa in 2002. Over the 20 years he has mentored hundreds of students including the director of Te Pātaka Art + Museum Reuben Friend.

While Toimairangi provided a solid base to work from, Adsett said he had particularly enjoyed uplifting the arts kaupapa in Ngāti Kahungunu through Iwi Toi Kahungunu, an organisation he created to promote local artists and their art.

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California Academy of Sciences

10 July 2021

Visibility Through Art is a community art initiative produced annually as part of CHIRP’s Arts and Culture Program. Visibility Through Art is an intentional and informed collaboration between local artists and members of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. Each project year explores a theme or subject of importance to the Tribe, culminating in an annual exhibit. This year, artists were asked to center around Destruction of the Land | Destruction of the People. We are invited to consider: the impact humans have on the environment and the long-lasting impacts of the gold rush on the Nisenan people. Art opens the way for meaningful conversations around topics that are not always easy to have and sometimes can reveal solutions that may otherwise remain unseen.



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Mountainous Landscape

1 July 2021

Special report Indigenous articles 



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River

11 June 2021

The declaration comes roughly a year after he expressed concern over a lack of consultation on a massive provincial irrigation project at Lake Diefenbaker that he says could affect water flows into the delta. He said he remains hopeful for a solution that could satisfy all parties.

He wasn’t alone in urging a seat at the table for the First Nation.

“For too long, (the delta) has been degraded by government policies and decisions that do not consider or include First Nations’ voices — and today that way of doing business comes to an end,” Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice Chief Heather Bear said in a prepared statement.



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Snow Capped Mountains

6 June 2021

In this episode, John Noksana, Carolina Behe, and Mumilaaq Qaqqaq sit down with Threshold producers Amy Martin and Nick Mott to discuss Inuit food security and Inuit sovereignty in the North.



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Threshold Podcast

Weaving

3 June 2021

This First Person article is the experience of Ossie Michelin, a Labrador Inuk journalist from the community of North West River. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.

Growing up in my home community of North West River, in central Labrador, we saw a number of researchers, writers, explorers and others come and go. Sometimes, they would hire someone from my family as a guide.

The best ones made lifelong friendships and their work benefited our community well. But what many of them wrote about us, or what they said, didn't match up with our lived experience.

For centuries, the humanity of Indigenous people has been hidden behind stereotypes, myths and prejudices. Indigenous voices have long been silenced, only allowed to be heard when deemed valid by an "expert" like a priest, scientist, politician or bureaucrat.

By denying us access to the conversations that shaped this country, we were written off into the history books as a relic from a bygone era.

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Ossie Michelin

Misty Sunbeams

28 May 2021

But Holl knows there are limits to what trees can do to help. 

That’s why she’s collaborating with conservation organizations and climate advocates to appropriately plan and care for forest restoration projects so that trees can be effective in storing as much carbon dioxide as possible in the long term. When done well, tree-planting provides a whole host of benefits for people and the planet. But without proper planning, there can actually be unintended negative consequences. And Holl wants to see more focus on preserving existing ecosystems, since it’s easier to protect a healthy forest or grassland than to restore one that has been lost. 

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View from the Top

18 May 2021

Cultural diversity -- indicated by linguistic diversity -- and biodiversity are linked, and their connection may be another way to preserve both natural environments and Indigenous populations in Africa and perhaps worldwide, according to an international team of researchers

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Trees

6 May 2021

I launched One Blue Earth as a platform for change, and to be a bridge between research and action. One Blue Earth seeks to raise public awareness about the consequences of global warming and to educate our communities about current scientific and grass-roots efforts to develop workable solutions to mitigate and reverse climate change. Our goal is to spotlight and partner with specific projects. In our fundraising campaigns, we ask for individual donations of only $1 to encourage more democratic and inclusive participation. The number of people we can motivate to contribute is as important as the amounts we raise. One dollar per person may seem like a drop, but together we can make an ocean.

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Elena Bouldin

Planting a Tree

4 May 2021

Alan Wilcox, a senior manager for the Kaipara Moana Remediation interim management unit, said planting the trees was the foundation of a new intergenerational approach.
First plantings are planned this month. They will be the start of New Zealand’s biggest harbour restoration programme — across 6000 square kilometres of land with more than 8000km of waterways.

Tame Te Rangi, chairman of the governing body Kaipara Moana Remediation joint committee, said it was positive to see the community working towards improving the health of the harbour.

He said two groups had already applied to be involved in harbour improvement through riparian planting and other efforts — the Wairua River group catchment group in Northland and the Hoteo River catchment group in Auckland.

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Susan Botting

Foggy Forest

25 April 2021

Even 150 Years Later, Lush Forest Gardens Showcase The Value of Native Stewardship

In forests touched by recent human activity, researchers found a wood dominated by conifers and hemlocks. Whereas in the forest gardens of the Ts'msyen and Coast Salish peoples, the team found a diversity of native fruit and nut trees, including crabapple, hazelnut, cranberry, wild plum, and wild cherries. 

In the gardens' undergrowth, they also noticed a spread of wild ginger and wild rice root.

"These plants never grow together in the wild. It seemed obvious that people put them there to grow all in one spot—like a garden," says ethnobiologist Chelsey Geralda Armstrong from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. 

"Elders and knowledge holders talk about perennial management all the time. It's no surprise these forest gardens continue to grow at archeological village sites that haven't yet been too severely disrupted by settler-colonial land-use."

It's generally accepted that agricultural practices in North America's Pacific Northwest arrived with the dawn of colonization, but that's simply not true. 

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Carly Cassalla 

Vegetable Farm

20 April 2021

Kaitiakitanga & food forests: 'We can't just take annual harvests'

Lorinda Pereira of Te Rarawa is among the growing number of whānau moving back to their whenua to raise their tamariki.

Now the mum of six is teaching her children all they need to know to survive by growing their own mahinga kai.

She fuses the teachings of her ancestors with a relatively new phenomenon of ‘food forests’ to sustain her family and community.

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Boat on a Lake

Maori Television

Science and Technology

5 April 2021

New Residency Aims To Connect Artists And Scientists On Path To Climate Solutions

Light pollution may not be the most pressing environmental issue at the moment, but it is one that comes with serious health, ecological and economic consequences. That’s according to Daniel Mendoza, a researcher and professor who runs the University of Utah’s Dark Skies minor.

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Grid and Leaves

Jon Reed

Bridge Over River

30 March 2021

Rivers can be climate change solutions, too (commentary)

As these milestones reinvigorate a call to action for our politicians and business leaders to act on climate and “ramp up climate ambition,” all eyes inevitably turn to the usual avenues for addressing and adapting to climate change: forests, clean energy and waving goodbye to our toxic relationship with fossil fuels. And while mitigation efforts continue to dominate the conversation, adaptation is ever-increasing in importance in global discussions as extreme weather and its impacts worsen around the world and countries work to build stronger national commitments

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Aerial Forest Shot

26 March 2021

New Food Sovereignty Lab will promote research, indigenous representation, tribal collaboration

The lab will operate as a commercial kitchen, with a plant drying station and salmon pit for working with and preparing food, baskets and regalia. It will serve as a study and research space and will host university and community events. When complete, HSU will become the first university in California with a space dedicated to uplifting tribal sovereignty through the research, practice and preservation of food sovereignty

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Del North Triplecate

Del North Triplecate

Beautiful Nature

9 March 2021

How Soul Fire Farm Is Supporting Black Farmers On The Land And On The Hill

One of the people working behind the scenes on Booker’s Justice for Black Farmers Act was Leah Penniman, cofounder and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a nonprofit that is “dedicated to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system.”

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Eve Turrow-Paul

Blade of Grass

8 March 2021

In Japan, scientists look to the past to save the future of grasslands

On the wide-open plains of the Sugadaira and Minenohara highlands, red-budded great burnets dot the landscape amid lavender hues of Japanese lady bell flowers, relics of the last Ice Age that persist on the rolling hills of modern-day Japan.

A century ago, rich grasslands accounted for about 13% of the country’s land area, but that number dwindled to just 1% by the early 2000s. A recent study conducted on Japan’s main island of Honshu suggests the key to conserving these vulnerable ecosystems may lie in their past.

By comparing Japan’s old and new grasslands, the study published in Ecological Research finds it may be worth prioritizing the conservation of older grasslands because they have more biodiversity. In the study, scientists define new grasslands as less than 70 years old while the old grasslands can be anywhere from 160 to thousands of years old.

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Marlowe Starling

Mongabay

Wild Nature

4 March 2021

Building Indigenous Power in Philanthropy

"We’ve seen the research. The fraction of philanthropic support that reaches Indian Country and Indigenous-led organizations has remained largely unchanged for decades, while institutional philanthropy has come to rely heavily on non-Indigenous-led organizations or intermediaries to carry out their priorities and strategies. But when priorities and strategies don’t emerge from the community and are implanted from the outside, we can find that philanthropic institutions are advancing their own interests while remaining comfortably distant from (and only loosely accountable to) Indigenous Peoples and communities, forgoing any deeper understanding of or respect for tribal sovereignty. Indeed, many philanthropists consider the matter “too complex,” an inadequate and unserious approach, especially when compared to the multitude of federal and philanthropic regulations that must be navigated by Indigenous Peoples and tribes working to develop their communities. "

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Gaby Strong

Desert Nature

2 March 2021

SCIENCE MATTERS Faulty economic thinking makes destroying nature profitable

Everything we need to survive—food, water, air, shelter—comes from nature, of which we are a part. Fuelled by the sun’s energy, this planet is amazing in its ability to replenish and recycle the basic elements of life.  

Now people are outpacing Earth’s ability to maintain these essential services. Our economic systems not only ignore this unsustainable plunder, they encourage it. That’s led to a 70-per-cent decline in mammal, bird, fish, reptile and amphibian populations over the past 50 years. One million plant and animal species—one-quarter of the global total—now face extinction.

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David Suzuki

Pique News Magazine

Frog

25 February 2021

Saving Earth’s biodiversity through a story revolution

For decades, the environmental conservation sector has prioritised technical and scientifically oriented knowledge and programs, operating as if the challenges we confront – the twin climate and extinction emergencies, fraying wildlands that increase the likelihood of new pandemics, and the staggering loss of biodiversity that destabilises entire economies – are of an ecological nature. And yet, the environment is not the cause of its own destruction. Society, our laws and economic habits, is at the root of what we call the “environmental problem.” Meaning that it is not so much ecology that we must come to terms with, but ourselves.

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Pair of Acorns

Vance Martin & Amy Lewis

Green Nature

25 February 2021

Colonialism ‘an invasive species’: Grants aim to replenish threatened Indigenous food systems

Kati George-Jim carries teachings about the relational cycles of ecosystems, passed on to her by the many women in her families.

The T’suk woman speaks of how salmon are nurtured by natural water systems — when fish bones are left on the side of the beach, animals are able to feed off that same nutrition.

Bears and other animals then expel that waste, which nurtures other relatives on the floor of the forest, and helps plants grow which are then harvested from the land.

It’s one of many teachings that are key to understanding Indigenous food systems in the territories they serve, Jim says.

“Those teachings, that language and the relationship to nutrition all comes back to food,” she says. “Whether it’s feeding us or feeding ecosystems, it’s important to understand that relationship.”

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Katłįà (Catherine) Lafferty

The Discourse

Tranquil forest

15 February 2021

Researcher pilots drones to aid conservation efforts

Ms Tasya is two months away from completing her PhD with the university's applied ecology and conservation group. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Centre for Nature-based Climate Solutions at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Her ambition is to protect South-east Asia's forests and explore different technologies for mapping areas for conservation.

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Shaban Begum

Straits Times

Bee

12 February 2021

Biodiversity protects bee communities from disease, U-M study concludes

A new analysis of thousands of native and nonnative Michigan bees shows that the most diverse bee communities have the lowest levels of three common viral pathogens.

University of Michigan researchers netted and trapped more than 4,000 bees from 60 species. The bees were collected at winter squash farms across Michigan, where both managed honeybee colonies and wild native bees pollinate the squash flowers.

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Jim Erickson

Michigan News

Sunset over the Mountains

10 February 2021

UN declaration to help First Nations achieve self-determination: Bellegarde

OTTAWA — Passing a new law to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will get First Nations closer to self-determination, National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said Wednesday.

"The declaration is a tool for building a better relationship with Canada, in which our inherent treaty rights will be affirmed, respected and upheld," Bellegarde said at a virtual forum organized by his advocacy organization to discuss the issue.

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The Canadian Press

Reaching Out

7 February 2021

Achieving human potential is true prosperity

Last week, I suggested that true prosperity is doughnut-shaped, but I did not define what I mean by true prosperity, nor what Doughnut Economics means for this region. I will explore the first of these topics this week and the second next week.

 

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Illustrated Mountains

Trevor Hancock

Times Colonist

Pumpkins

1 February 2021

Celebrating Black History Month with 10 Groundbreaking Food Activists

In celebration of Black History Month we are highlighting ten black individuals from across the country who are crafting powerful narratives around food and sustainability and fighting for community-based approaches to food policy that connect race and culture to our food system. Although communities of color have long played a critical role in shaping the American foodscape, their contributions have historically gone unrecognized in mainstream food culture and policy. These black chefs, farmers, educators, and community activists offer an array of books, documentaries, resources, and organizations to engage with and learn from during Black History Month and in the months to come.

 

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Women

Bryant Terry

Food Policy Centre NY

Farmer Holding Fruit

21 Jan 2021

How regenerative crops and Afro-Indigenous farming techniques are putting carbon back in the ground

How To Save A Planet, focuses on two very different farmers who take unique approaches to the same carbon-reduction practice: regenerative agriculture, which is all about enriching the soil by putting more carbon in than your crops take out

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Under the Sea

Thom Dunn

Bong Bong Net

White WIld Flowers

20 Jan 2021

Climate change, agrobiodiversity and indigenous people

For centuries, indigenous people have been cultivating traditional crops which are not only rich with multi-nutrients but also resilient towards coping with the changing climatic conditions. However, over the years, promotion of modern hybrid crops and chemical agro-inputs has substantially reduced crop yield, degraded land and jeopardised food sovereignty of indigenous communities worldwide

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Abhijit Mohanty

The Times of India

Trees

15th Jan 2021

Commission lists agroecology and animal welfare as core environmental practices

Eco-schemes are at the core of the green architecture of the Commission’s CAP proposal and are designed to reward farmers for certain agricultural practice considered important in delivering environmental goals.

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Gerado Fortuna

Euractiv

Dry Woods

13th Jan 2021

Network Connects Indigenous Knowledges in the Arctic and U.S. Southwest

Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic and the U.S. Southwest have joined together to tackle issues of food sovereignty in two environmental extremes

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Boat on a Lake

Jenessa Duncombe

Eos Science News

Wild Pond

5th Jan 2021

The Chef Preserving Canada's Indigenous Identity

In recent years, First Nation chefs like Marie-Cecile Nottaway have been reclaiming their families’ generations-old recipes to feed new audiences.

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Subaquatic Life

Lina Zeldovich

BBC Travel

Bee on Flower

30 Dec 2020

Agro-ecology: Helping 'subsistence' farmers to reap maximum yields.

However, agriculture experts advocating for more natural ways of farming have emerged globally to halt the negative impacts of modern agriculture. These side effects have led to long-term pollution of soils, groundwater, rivers, and lakes, the elimination of beneficial insects and other animal species, loss of efficiency in pesticides, and pesticide residues in foods.

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Halligan Agade

CGTN Africa

Iceberg

 2020

“Respect, Reciprocity, and Integration:” Elevating Indigenous Leadership in Conservation.

We take care of our environment because the environment takes care of us—this is a common value shared by community members, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, of the 56 Yup’ik villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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Andrea Akall'eq Sanders

The Nature Conservancy

Close Up of Corn Field

December 27 2020

How the Winnebago are planting ancient corn to revive their culture

One day in the late summer of 2020, a Winnebago tribal elder was anxious to see her field of dreams — row after row of her beloved Indian corn stretching to the horizon.

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Watercolor Leaves

Adrianna Jacobs

Lincoln Journal Star

Palm Trees

October 18, 2020

What if we trained Hawaii's youth to become caretakers of their communities?

"Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike illustrates that we already have everything we need for success."

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Tropical Flower

Kirsten Whatley

The Civil Beat

Winding Roads

2020

Kaitiakitanga: seeing nature as your elder

Witehira wants to see a collaborative approach between hapū and iwi, government organisations, NGOs and local authorities, led by the people of the land. “The secret to solving this biodiversity crisis is to hand the kaitiaki status back to indigenous people.”

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Oasis

Veronica Meduna

The Dig

Natural Herbs

August 16th, 2021

In order to address the legacy of structural racism in the farm industry, Penniman is not only dedicated to food equality, but to educating communities in plant-based medicine.

According to Penniman, Black people’s relationship with plant medicine predates the first written account in 1500 B.C., when ancient Egyptians listed the recipes for over 850 herbal medicines on the Ebers Papyrus.

This relationship continued, even after displacement and enslavement.

“Our knowledge of plants traveled with us in the bowels of slave ships and was kept alive in the root and conjure work of the Black American South, in Harriet Tubman’s deft use of wild plants to keep her underground railroad passengers healthy, and in the natural pharmacies of Orisha worshippers,” she says.

 

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Artichoke Spread

July 12, 2021

In the year that Via Campesina celebrates the 25th anniversary of the definition, construction and struggle for “Food Sovereignty”, the United Nations (UN) convenes a Cubre (summit meeting) with heads of State, member of large companies and private corporations, transnationals and agribusiness representative to discuss the food systems process..
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Fern Leaves

21 July 2021

A Māori intellectual property researcher says a new approach to leadership and a new structure is needed to carry forward the issues raised in the WAI 262 Fauna and Flora Claim.

Karaitiana Taiuru was one of the speakers at yesterday’s online Kia Whakapūmau symposium, and he says the way the claim expanded to encompass everything from the protection of artworks to genetic modification is a tribute to the vision and world view of the original claimants.

He says the logical way forward is to review the different areas so there can be multiple streams of action.

He wants to see scientists and technologists coming through to stand alongside traditional Māori leadership.

"One of the issues we have now is government look to iwi and looks to established treaty partners rather than experts in the area, and iwi don't always have the skill set to reach out to the experts so I don't know the solution but there needs to be change in the way we as individuals and hapū and iwi come together to make decisions," Mr Taiuru says.

He says whānau, iwi and hapū should be taking measures to protect their own knowledge and their genetic material from abuse.

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Map in Grass

9 July 2021

As the visual language of geography, maps reveal to us just how interrelated everything is in the world and how interrelated we are to each other—something we understand all the more in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  Geography integrates disciplines like sociology, biology, economics and even psychology by uniting them within the context of location.

We need this level of integration in our thinking and problem-solving as our planet faces dire and complex sustainability challenges—related to environmental viability, social equity, and economic prosperity. To address any one of these concerns requires a holistic view of the others, as they depend on one another. The language of maps, powered by technology and alive with data, can help us create solutions. Maps produced by geographic information system (GIS) software serve as a framework for understanding and identifying where issues must be addressed and how they’re related



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Foggy Landscape

17 June 2021

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It has brought together groups from the Arctic to Australia. Those from British Columbia, in Canada’s mountainous west, have been at the forefront throughout.

Only two years ago, the provincial government there became the world’s first to adopt into law United Nations guidelines for heightened Indigenous sovereignty. On Wednesday, Canada’s Parliament passed a law, now awaiting a final rubber stamp, to extend those measures nationwide.

It was a stunning victory, decades in the making, that activists are working to repeat in New Zealand — and, perhaps one day, in more recalcitrant Australia, Latin America and even the United States.

“There’s been a lot of movement in the field. It’s happening with different layers of courts, with different legislatures,” said John Borrows, a prominent Canadian legal scholar and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash Unceded First Nation.



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Iceberg

10 June 2021

study by New Zealand researchers found that Polynesians may have been the first to discover the Earth's southernmost continent, Antarctica, dating back to the seventh century.

But it comes as no shock to some iwi as this had always been known, but methods of recounting indigenous history do not receive the same recognition as western or academic literature.

"We didn't discover this, it's a known narrative," lead researcher Dr Priscilla Wehi told the Herald.

"Our job was to bring together all the information [including oral tradition and grey literature] and communicating it to the world."



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Forest

6 June 2021

In B.C.’s coastal region trees older than 250 years are defined as old growth. Old-growth forests support a greater diversity of plant and wildlife, including endangered marbled murrelet birds and northern goshawks.

Of the 13 million hectares of old-growth forest left in B.C., the majority consists of high-alpine trees unsuitable for logging. The remaining valley-bottom trees are the crux of the conflict between the forestry industry and conservationists.

There are 3.6 million hectares of old-growth forest available for logging on public lands in B.C. and 50,000 hectares, an area more than eight times the size of Manhattan, are cut every year.



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Nia Williams

Online Education

2 June 2021

"Matariki has been a part of our whakapapa and taught to us by our tupuna and used as a guide to help us listen to the Taiao, from our maunga to the ngahere, from our awa and out to the moana; the environment is all connected. Today marks the beginning of Matariki and we are calling for ecological sustainability to be embedded in the curriculum. Matariki is an opportunity for us all to reflect on how we all connect and are a part of the environment and we can start that korero with our tamariki at all our schools.

"The rising of Matariki or Puanga was an environmental indicator for our tÄ«puna and how they would plan and manage their maara kai. Each star in the Matariki cluster represents when the best time is to fish, dive or collect food. They also represent when it is the best time to plant seeds, or harvest crops. The relationship our tupuna had to the whenua and to kai laid the foundations of tino rangatiratanga, which have been handed down to us. It is important that the stories, and teaching of Matariki acknowledges the depths of Mātauranga Māori.

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Fuse Works Media

Fog and Nature

28 May 2021

A few months after her first visit to Calypso, Burk became a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she currently researches the link between health and traditional food practices. In 2020, Burk received the Indigenous Communities Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a business model for implementing biomass-heated (or wood-fired) greenhouses in rural Native villages. The greenhouses will grow fresh produce year-round while also creating local jobs and mitigating wildfire risk.

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Max Graham

Drinking Water

18 May 2021

new report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), found that the number of people engaging in conversations and actions on biodiversity loss numbers hundreds of millions and is on the rise. This “eco-wakening,” as the report deems the trend, is most quickly climbing in Asia and emerging markets, with top growth and engagement rates in India, Pakistan and Indonesia, as measured between 2016 and 2020.

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Trees

6 May 2021

Sugarbush time begins in the fleeting moments when winter first signals its departure, making way for spring. When the daytime temperatures rise above 40 degrees, usually about mid-March, the maple sap begins to flow.

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Mary Annette Pember

Aerial View of a Barren Land

26 April 2021

A Wenatchi Designer's Plan to Buy Back Native Lands

Mary Big Bull-Lewis sees the way forward for Native people in Washington: ownership of the land and the stories attached to it.

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Network

23 April 2021

Filipinos, mapmakers work together to map community pantries in PH

Complementing this rise of bayanihan, several mapmakers and mapping advocates spearheaded their own initiatives to collate these community pantries and make the information easily accessible to Filipinos who are willing to help.

Taking off from their efforts to map available food deliveries during the quarantine period, members of crowdsourcing initiative “Saan Yan PH” created a platform that allows people to plot locations of community pantries that they’ve spotted in one platform, with the help of geospatial workers from the Ministry of Mapping.

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EALA JULIENNE P. NOLASCO

Caravan in the Australian Outback

23 April 2021

Reclaiming Djarrbarrgalli: the spaces of anti-colonial resistance

The reclamation of physical space is a fundamental requirement in resisting colonisation, and is a necessary precondition in the campaign for Aboriginal sovereignty. Last year marked some of the first protests to occur on the Domain parkland — or Djarrbarrgalli in traditional Gadigal language. Gathering in Djarrbarrgalli was momentous for the Indigenous justice movement as it represented the reclamation of traditional land for its original purpose as a meeting place.

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Lighthouse

Seth Dais

Fresh Organic Vegetables

1 April 2021

CBD iwi revives its farming past

Pourewa is a horticulture initiative by Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei, which is growing produce for its people and the wider community of the area.

The ancestral lands of Pourewa were once occupied in pre-European times by the Ngāti Whātua ancestor, Paora Tūhāere.

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Ropata Matthews

Canned Food

30 March 2021</