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Sowing the seeds of Indigenous food sovereignty in the North – Northern Ontario Business

Three-year research project will introduce Indigenous seeds to northern First Nations

A new research project aims to introduce Indigenous seed systems to four Northern Ontario First Nations, in a move toward food sovereignty for those communities.

Under the three-year project, researchers will work with community members to test their soil, select appropriate seed varieties, and cultivate crops to grow fresh, nutritious food, reducing their reliance on expensive, nutritionally poor store-bought items.

The initiative is being led by Silvia Sarapura, an assistant professor in the school of environmental design and rural development at the University of Guelph. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is providing $1 million in funding toward the project.

Though she has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities around the globe, this will mark the first time Sarapura has partnered with Indigenous communities in Canada.

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