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White Earth Land Recovery Project

White Earth Anishinaabe Restore Local Food Economy

Anishinaabeg Food EconomyOn the White Earth Reservation, we are working to restore our traditional food economy and protect the sacred seeds and food given to us by the Creator.

In this work, we both advocate protecting our wild rice and other seeds from patenting and genetic contamination and are committed to once again, feed all of our community.

Our goals include:
  • Producing enough food in the next two years to feed at least l000 of our tribal members.
  • Protecting the genetic integrity of our wild rice and sacred seeds.
  • Determining the value of the food economy on our reservation, re-localize it, and capture the value added for our premium lake harvested wild rice on national and international markets.
Anishinaabeg Food Economy 2At the core of our work, we are also keen on insuring that our most needy people have access to foods – so we provide food to 170 elderly diabetic families, and have launched in 2007, the Pine Point School Farm to School Program, as a central part of our work at Mino Miijim.

We hope to strengthen these programs, and provide a model which can be used in other parts of our community, and elsewhere. All of this is part of our larger work to restore land, strengthen our culture and insure that we are preparing for the generations yet to come.

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