Last featured in the 10-16-2020 issue of the Scout Report, the Indigenous Food Systems Network provides a resource hub for research and policy on the topic of food sovereignty. Since being featured, the site has added resources for tackling the challenges COVID-19 presents to Indigenous communities.
Created by the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, the Indigenous Food Systems Network website serves as a hub for Indigenous food and food sovereignty related resources and research. The network defines Indigenous food sovereignty as "a specific policy approach to addressing the underlying issues impacting Indigenous peoples and our ability to respond to our own needs for healthy, culturally adapted Indigenous foods," and devotes a section of the site to explore this topic (click "Policy Reform" in the menu on the left side of the page linked above). Other topics are linked in that same menu. For example, visitors can prepare a three-course meal using the "Recipes" section, explore seasonal activities in the "Events & Activities" section, and learn about Indigenous leaders and projects via the "Profiles" section. The Explore by Resource Keywords box, found at the bottom of the home page, is a great way to browse content from across the site. These keywords include "Food Sovereignty," "Nutrition," and "Health." Readers should note that some materials on the site are a decade old, but the "What's New" section brings attention to "recent additions to the site." While all readers can view the resources on the site, readers looking to share resources will need to register an account. Instructions on how to do so are found under the "Help" tab.