Examining Indigenous food sovereignty as a conceptual framework for health in two urban communities in Northern Ontario, Canada

Glob Health Promot. 2019 Apr;26(3_suppl):54-63. doi: 10.1177/1757975919831639.


While land is a nexus for culture, identity, governance, and health, as a concept land is rarely addressed in conversations and policy decisions about Indigenous health and well-being. Indigenous food sovereignty, a concept which embodies Indigenous peoples' ability to control their food systems, including markets, production modes, cultures and environments, has received little attention as a framework to approach Indigenous health especially for Indigenous people living in urban spaces. Instead, discussions about Indigenous food sovereignty have largely focused on global and remote and rural communities. Addressing this gap in the literature, this article presents exploratory work conducted with Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, two Indigenous-led Aboriginal Health Access Centres in urban service centers located in Northern Ontario, Canada.

Keywords: Indigenous health; determinants of health; food sovereignty; settler colonialism.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Food Supply*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Indigenous Peoples*
  • Ontario
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Urban Population*