The Bannock Initiative

Let's Indigenize our next meal!

Our strategy is to establish Indigenous food production networks at our university and the surrounding communities.

Use Case

UFV Food Services needs to reduce its reliance on the global food system to become more food sustainable. This can be accomplished by fostering a partnership with local Indigenous communities and purchasing produce from their local food production systems. By shifting UFV’s food purchasing from the global food system to Indigenous local food production, UFV will be at the forefront of innovative food sustainability practices. Moreover, supporting Indigenous food production would help support indigenous cultural harvesting strategies, food-related knowledge, values, and wisdom (Warren, 1991). This shift from global to local food production would not only be food sustainable but would greatly enhance Indigenous community development.

Potential

Food sustainability is not necessarily about making sure there is enough food on the table. It is about taking an environmental and social approach to understanding the value of our natural resources. As with the Aboriginal communities, food should never be taken for granted nor should it be unfairly distributed. It is what keeps the cultures, histories, and communities as alive a whole. The Bannock Initiative aims to start a movement, where people become connected to the land on which they live and understand their role in the global production of food

Business Case

There is the proposed expansion of the University on the Abbotsford campus through the U-District development project in partnership with the City of Abbotsford (U-District, 2012). U-District land use planning could effectively create a strong sense of community and place by incorporating the Indigenous communities that surround it. In addition to implementing an Indigenous garden on the campus would link both the Academy to the former inhabitants of the land on which it sits. Collaborating together with the Indigenous reservations for a sustainable food supply can re-establish the Indigenous trade networks both regionally and across the country given the ecological diversity of the land itself.

Objectives:

  1. Indigenization of the UFV Food System would be an institutional initiative supported by the strategic goals in the UFV Strategic Plan 2015.
  2. Indigenous food systems reconciling Indigenous food and cultural values with mainstream economic activities and policies.
  3. Indigenous food systems on campus will create a positive social bond with the Indigenous way of life and commensality.

Team Common-Salad UFV

Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring more local foods into the community, starting with our university. In doing so, we hope to reduce carbon footprint as well as increasing agency and positive relations with our First Nation communities. Our strategy is to establish local food production networks by working alongside Indigenous food suppliers.

Our Background

We first began this challenge by starting in the 24 hours Feed 9 Billion Challenge October 2015 where were given the challenge on how to make our university more food sustainable. We are an eclectic team of politically active students passionate about sustainable development and social justice. We also come from diverse disciplines in Geography, Kinesiology, Sociology, Latin American Studies, and Anthropology. As our campus is based in an agricultural area, we would like to see our university support local businesses as well as become more food sustainable in the future. Although we may seem like a serious group of students, we do have a goofy side where we partially joke around bringing goats on roof of our Student Union Building.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to bring more local foods into the community, starting with our university. In doing so, we hope to reduce carbon footprint as well as increasing ...Read More

Our Background

We first began this challenge by starting in the 24 hours Feed 9 Billion Challenge October 2015 where were given the challenge on how to make our university ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.