Mino-Bimaadiziwin: Food Sovereignty in Resurgent Indigenous Landscapes Michelle Daigle Omushkegowuk Cree, Constance Lake First Nation PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Washington This presentation reframes the way sovereignty has been conceptualized within food sovereignty scholarship and activism by focusing on place-based Indigenous ontologies, laws and everyday lived practices in Anishinaabe communities in the Treaty 3 territory in Ontario. Specifically, I rethink food “sovereignty” through Anishinaabe laws on self-determination, expressed as “mino-bimaadiziwin” or “living the good life”. I argue that Indigenous food sovereignty is a form of anti-colonial politics resisting against colonial legacies and contemporary forms of colonialism reproduced through capitalist resource exploitation and industry-sponsored forms of state-making and development. At the same time, Indigenous food sovereignty is a form of social,cultural and political resurgence whereby Indigenous people are reclaiming their ancestral territories and regenerating their land-based practices. Through these embodied geographies of Indigenous resurgence, food sovereignty is understood not as a right to control and access over a territory defined by state-colonial imaginaries of space and time but a responsibility to their kin, the land. Friday, May 22nd, 2015. 3:30—5:00 PM. Smith 304 Reception to follow: Smith 411 (AKA Student Lounge)
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