Sustainable food system research in Yellowknife
Principal Investigator: Spring, Andrew (12)
Licence Number: 16604
Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University
Licensed Year(s): 2019 2018 2017 2016
Issued: Jul 29, 2019
Project Team: Kelly Skinner, Craig Scott, Molly Stollmeyer.

Objective(s): To support the implementation of the sustainable food systems research and related local food activities in Yellowknife.

Project Description: This licence has been issued for the scientific research application No.4541.

The objectives of this research is to support the implementation of the sustainable food systems research and related local food activities in Yellowknife.
This will be done through:
1) Working with and supporting local groups to identify community-based strategies to promote and implement local food production and develop a sustainable food system;
2) Supporting on-going educational and training initiatives on local food production throughout Yellowknife that can be used as models for other communities; and,
3) Developing relationships with Yellowknife Indigenous communities to determine how their food systems (including country foods) can be a part of the broader discussion of sustainability in Yellowknife

Barriers to food security as well as community-based strategies to overcome these barriers will be identified and explored through a Participatory Action Research methodology and used to engage with community members. This will ensure the research is community driven and that it responds to the needs of the community stakeholders. Meetings, workshops and community events will be held to establish the research questions at the intersection of climate change and access to country food, growing food and other food system-related questions that are important to the community. The community priorities from these events will be the basis for semi-structured interviews/focus groups and surveys to be conducted with community members.

Results will be presented through websites, public presentations, social media and local news. Academic presentations and publications will be co-developed with research partners.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from July 29, 2019 to August 30, 2019.