Geography Research Talk Tuesday, March 17, 12:30pm in Room 229 of the Department of Geography Michelle Daigle Omushkegowuk Cree, Constance Lake First Nation PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Washington, Seattle Mino-Bimaadiziwin: Food Sovereignty in Resurgent Indigenous Landscapes This presentation critically engages with the way sovereignty has been framed within food sovereignty scholarship and activism. Specifically, I focus on place-based Indigenous knowledge and everyday lived practices by working with Anishinaabe communities from the Treaty 3 territory in Ontario. I focus on how sustainable food systems and associated ecologies within Indigenous communities are impacted and constrained by capitalist resource exploitation and industry-sponsored forms of state-making and development. While I examine how colonial continuities sever Indigenous kinship relations, including those with their ancestral territories, I simultaneously focus on decolonial political practices of Indigenous self-determination. I offer new theorizations of food “sovereignty” by examining the myriad ways Anishinaabe people conceptualize and exercise food sovereignty, how these depart from western models of liberal justice, and how this becomes part of the larger process of self-determination articulated as “mino bimaadiziwin,” or “living the good life”.
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