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Kamloops Food Policy Council gets food security grant

Funding will support the Working Group for Indigenous Food Security
Kamloops Food Policy Council

The Kamloops Food Policy Council and Southern Stl'atl'imx Charitable Society in Lillooet will each receive $58,000 of provincial funding, part of $800,000 being distributed throughout British Columbia through the Victoria Foundation's Food Security Provincial Initiatives Fund.

Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Nicholas Simons noted the importance of improving food supply and food security.

Funding for the Kamloops Food Policy Council will support the Working Group for Indigenous Food Security to increase awareness of the underlying issues, concerns and strategies affecting food security in Indigenous communities.

Dawn Morrison, founder and research curator with the Working Group for Indigenous Food Security, said the funding will help the group “transcend the challenges and limitations imposed within the institutional frameworks that are the root cause of many of the wicked systemic social and environmental issues of our time.”

Funding for the Southern Stl'atl'imx Charitable Society will help expand its gardening program in the lower lake communities of Skatin, Samahquam and Douglas. This includes youth gatherings, intergenerational work bees, upgrades and ongoing financial support.

"Land-based programming led by Indigenous communities and organizations is vital to food security and Indigenous food sovereignty," Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson said. "This funding will expand and deepen the work already underway in communities while also improving program sustainability."