Michelle Daigle - Department of Geography

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”.