CfP By Sept 7/Nov 30, 2016: INDIGENOUS FOOD

DATE: Aug 3, 2016



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Grassroots activism by individuals and organizations like Leesee Papatsie and Feeding My Family has brought national and international attention to the challenges facing many Indigenous communities in regards to the high cost of food in the Far North.

While extremely important, the current struggles faced by Inuit communities in northern Canada are only one piece of the story. The histories of Indigenous foodways and practices are vast and traverse multiple geographies and spaces (urban and rural, northern and southern, land and water, etc). Indigenous foodways include diverse worldviews and epistemologies; incorporate different land management activities/strategies; feature the many patterns and practices of survivance, resistance, and resurgence; combine Indigenous and Western food systems and practices; and encompass the imposition of colonial and corporate policy and governmentality.

Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation invites contributions from academics, researchers, community members, organizations, and stakeholders interested to publish their work for a themed issue on Indigenous Food.

Contributors are encouraged to submit original research papers, commentaries, perspectives, and field reports/narratives from any disciplinary perspective, in English or French. The journal also encourages submissions of digital (audio or video) and art/photography work.

The subject matter should involve food-related issues connected to the geographic area that has come to be known as Canada AND/OR be submitted by a Canadian author.

The journal is committed to making space for the voices of Indigenous people on the issues of food, whatever shape this may take.
Themes and topics for this issue on Indigenous Food can include, but are not limited to:

 food sovereignty
 food activism/action and grassroots movements
 community-based and community-led food initiatives
 food security
 traditional/country/wild/ forest and fresh-water foods/land- and water-based foods
 Indigenous food knowledges
 Indigenous worldviews on food
 social, cultural, sacred/spiritual, economic, political, and health aspects related to food
 food practices and acquisition (i.e., preparation, storage, cooking, preservation,
consumption, hunting, fishing, gathering, harvesting, etc.)
 land management
 food sharing
 food policy
 market-based/commercial/retail foods
 rural and northern food environments
 Indigenous foods in urban settings

Deadline for a brief summary of your proposed paper: September 7, 2016
Deadline for full paper submissions: November 30, 2016

Please contact Indigenous Food Issue guest co-editors Kristin Burnett (, Jaime Cidro (, Tabitha Martens (, and Kelly Skinner ( for more information.

See the following page for Author Guidelines and Online Submissions:

Guest Co-editors

Kristin Burnett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Learning and is the coordinator of the new graduate program in Social Justice Studies at Lakehead University. She was recently a Lakehead University Research Chair in Indigenous Health and Well-Being and is the author of Taking Medicine: Women’s Healing Work and Colonial Contact in Southern Alberta, 1880-1930. Her current research project looks at the relationships between health, food sovereignty, and colonialism in northern First Nations communities. Burnett’s work with rural and northern First Nations is community informed, participatory, and action oriented.

Jaime Cidro (Anishnawbe) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg and Associate Director of the Prairie Research Centre of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network. Jaime has expertise in Indigenous social determinants of health, urban Indigenous food sovereignty, First Nations maternal health, and urban Indigenous research. She has led several projects on inner city food security in Winnipeg in partnership with the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and North End Food Security Network.
Tabitha Martens is a Cree (Métis) researcher, educator, and student. She is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba, studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty. She spends much of her time on the land, working with her people, and learning traditional Cree food practices. For the past four years, she has been working as a researcher at the University of Winnipeg on a study examining traditional food access, skills, and relationships for Indigenous people in the city of Winnipeg. Tabitha works for the Four Arrows Regional Health Authority as an Indigenous Food Sovereignty Specialist.

Kelly Skinner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and leads the new online graduate Master of Health Evaluation program. Her research focuses on community-based health and social projects related to food, nutrition, food security, and the broader context of food systems and environments. Since 2003, she has worked closely with a number of First Nations communities on community-based health and social projects. Skinner’s work has involved dietary assessment with youth, planning and program evaluation, and community development and has, in the past several years, begun to move towards social justice and social policy for improving food security and advocacy for food sovereignty.

Ellen Desjardins PhD
Editor, Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation


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