Food Matters Manitoba believes that everyone deserves good food. But some Manitobans can’t get the food they need to live healthy lives.
Despite the reality of sky-high food prices and the deep-rooted struggles faced by northern and Indigenous peoples, they are reclaiming healthy and affordable ways of living.
That’s why Food Matters Manitoba partners with northern communities to grow good food, share traditional skills and build healthy futures.
Communities we work in:
1. Barren Lands FN/ Brochet
2. Misipawistik CN/ Grand Rapids
3. Fox Lake CN/ Gillam
4. Crossing Bay
5. Moose Lake/ Moose Lake FN
6. Pimicikamik Cree Nation/ Cross Lake
7. Northlands FN/ Lac Brochet
8. Norway House CN
9. Shamattawa FN
11. York Landing FN
12. O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation
13. Tataskweyak Cree Nation/ Split Lake
Gardening and Greenhouses
Kids from Shamattawa are getting their hands in the dirt and learning how to grow their own food. By learning to garden, community members learn new skills and gain a healthy and affordable way of getting food. And in Norway house, a greenhouse built from recycled trampoline parts extends the growing season and gives community members a place to meet and grow good food.
Beekeeping and Chicken Raising
Community members in Cross Lake have found a new passion for beekeeping. They’re learning how to set up their own hives and harvest honey for themselves, their families, neighbours and community Elders. And families living in Sherridon are raising their own chickens both for meat and eggs. They’re looking for new ways to get healthy meat and learn new skills. Families take in a new host of chicks and everyone takes part in raising them for the season. Kids take on new responsibilities and parents find a new way of affording protein.
Culture camps across northern Manitoba give youth a space to learn from community Elders about traditional ways of life. From hunting and trapping to bead work and bannock baking, community members pass on traditional knowledge and skills to the younger generation.
Harvesting Traditional Food
Hunters from Lac Brochet are passionate about reviving traditional diets in their community. They collectively store their fish, caribou and berries in a community freezer and distribute traditional food to Elders and families in need.