Food security expert Soma, who is also the director and co-founder of SFU Food Systems Lab, and project co-lead, says she hopes to use her research expertise to help the community achieve Indigenous food sovereignty.
So far, the N-EAT project has helped the community restore a greenhouse and install planter boxes to enhance community knowledge about nutrition.
Students from Embark Sustainability collaborated with the community over the summer to produce guide books on how to grow and harvest food without using chemicals. They also created a recipe book—a living document—that includes recipes based on the produce the N-EAT team has helped the community grow.
Soma has also led workshops to educate community members on food security, with students playing a critical role in building a knowledge base that the community can rely on longer term.
“The community members already have a lot of expertise, so our role is also about building organisational capacity,” says Soma. “In our role as facilitators, we help community members mobilise their knowledge and expertise.”