To create this community marketplace we are starting a pilot project to help sustain the salmon river watershed as well as feed the entire community. This Food Sovereignty Project will help improve the health and well-being of communities all over Turtle lsland so we have to start somewhere, and what better place than Tyendinaga.

 

Even though we are in the middle of the largest populated part of Ontario, we still have to drive between 25-45 minutes to get fresh food which is priced higher than other areas. 

 

If this sounds unreasonable then imagine the northern communities where prices are astronomical; there is a need for a project of this kind everywhere. We will be able to grow year round, while showing others how they can do it themselves whether they live in a small city apartment or far remote areas. 

 

With food costs rising now is the time to implement the project in order to care for our community members. When the garden aspect has been established we will continue on to fishing and hunting, ensuring the next generations have the ability to survive in a world that is burning around them.

We’re focusing on neighborhoods in and surrounding
the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (in white) and across Turtle Island.

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NEIGHBORHOODS:

Tyendinaga, and other Haudenosaunee & Indigenous communities, under serviced communities

While the language and concept of food sovereignty has only recently been introduced in Indigenous communities, the living reality is not a new one. Indigenous food related knowledge, values and wisdom built up over thousands of years provides a basis for identifying four key principles that guide the present day food sovereignty movement in Indigenous communities.

 

Indigenous Food Sovereignty includes many components such as Sacred or divine sovereignty, Participatory action, and self-determination. The policy of Indigenous Food Sovereignty attempts to reconcile Indigenous food and cultural values with colonial laws and policies and mainstream economic activities. 

 

Indigenous Food Sovereignty thereby provides a restorative framework for policy reform in forestry, fisheries, rangeland, environmental conservation, health, agriculture, and rural and community development. Sovereignty v. Security: Food Sovereignty highlights the need for a food system which involves input from the community as well as producers.

Food security is concerned with the protection and distribution of existing food systems

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On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, we met with the Tyendinaga Mohawk Elected Council regarding the Kenhtè:ke food sovereignty project. One of the first points discussed was that the project will operate under the Kayanere’kowa and Kahswentha (Two Row Wampum) without outside influence; this means no outside government will influence how we think or make decisions during this project. It was also emphasized that we will not influence the way they make their decisions either. We are only looking to work together for the progress of the community.

We explained that the trade routes would be established again between the Mi'kma'ki and Anishinaabe for seafood and wild rice, and food would be provided to the people; as well as some details about how the farming process will work. It was an excellent discussion, and everyone present was excited about the future of the project. We will be meeting with a representative from the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte soon to discuss next steps.

 

This not only means the implementation of the community gardens and greenhouses, but other food sovereignty work among the community as well. The only thing we asked of the Council was a place to grow and work together for the community under the treaties. Nothing financial. We still need your support through donations, or by purchasing merchandise or coffee and baked goods from Two Row Coffee Co. & Bakery. 

The garden boxes will be able to meet the needs of elders and some others while we continue to build the project. The cost of everything is going up, the cost of eating shouldn't; especially our traditional and Indigenous foods.

When phases one and two are complete we will be prepared to replicate this in other communities, and we have already been speaking with someone from a more remote area who is interested. 

 

Not only will we be reasserting sovereignty through education and knowledge of food, and the ability to produce it ourselves, trade routes will also be re-established between the Anishinaabe and Mi'kma'ki. That means fresh produce, seafood, wild rice all available for Indigenous people and for sale for settlers

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Three Ways You Can Support:

Purchase a #FoodBack T-Shirt

Purchase coffee and baked goods from Two Row Coffee Co. & Bakery

Donate Directly Below

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We’re creating this virtual community marketplace which not only enables us to provide for the community, but you can join as well and your home-based business will thrive and empowers your community. 214 Alpha is activating an online app with a 24-7 virtual marketplace designed to value communities. This program is grassroots, DIY, hyper-local, self-funding, self-governing, and strengthens local economies. And we’d like you to join our pilot project flagship team by selling your own side-hustle products or services in the community marketplace.  

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  • Help launching & growing flexible, home-based
    small businesses

  • Low overhead & cost
    of doing business

  • Target marketing in
    a hyper-local marketplace

  • Preserve and grow community

  • Build a community development fund for members’ use

  • Expand community prosperity by creating economic opportunities for all

​Best of all, the transaction fee revenues could fund these community projects:

  • Landback Warrior Camp: teach our language

  • Landback Warrior Camp: data sovereignty

  • Childcare services

  • Classes that help
    people launch a
    home-based business

  • Community gardens

We are launching a pilot of the Anti-Fragile Wealth Production Engine in our own community.

Would you like to donate?

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