In the following videos, members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community discuss the importance of food sovereignty, and how native food sovereignty practices are a vital climate solution. Akwesasne is a native nation that straddles the St. Lawrence River (Kaniatarowanénhne). In addition to being divided by the Canadian-USA border, Akwesasne has suffered the consequences of the industrialization of the St. Lawrence River. After massive remediation efforts, the Akwesasne Mohawk have cleaned the river of industrial contaminants and are striving to, one again, become a food sovereign nation.
A Food Sovereign Nation
This video features Wally Ransom, the director of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Agriculture Program. Wally discusses how and why the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is striving to become food sovereign.
Reclaiming Food Sovereignty
This video spotlights Sateiokwen Bucktooth, a Cultural Advisor for the SRMT's Environment Division and the owner of Snipe Clan Botanicals. Sateiokwen explains how the food security of the Akwesasne Mohawk was threatened by industrial contaminants, and how the remediation efforts underway are helping the Akwesasne community reclaim its food sovereignty.
Food Sovereignty is Seed Sovereignty
In this video, the artist and educator, Katsitsionni Fox, talks about her Three Sisters seed saving pot, and why it is important to save heirloom seeds for future generations.
Food Sovereignty and Healing
Sateiokwen Bucktooth, from Snipe Clan Botanicals, describes the importance of reintroducing native medicinal plants to the Awesasne Mohawk Community. She delves into her own healing practice and why she wants to nourish a healthy world.
Food Sovereignty is a Climate Solution
Katsitsionni Fox discusses how, in the face of the climate crises, it is vital for the next generation to learn about native food sovereignty practices. In her mind, teaching youth about food sovereignty is a climate solution.
Finally, the videos bellow is a reel of highlights from all of the videos. We put it together to match the video Stephanie mentioned would be playing on the screen throughout the day, and is meant to draw people in.