This week we’re celebrating NAIDOC week alongside Brisbane’s Indigenous community, and while we reckon the Indigenous community should be celebrated every week of the year, this week provides a good opportunity to highlight the achievements and also the challenges still experienced for many First Nations people today.
For us at Food Connect, we’re committed to meaningfully and respectfully work with the Indigenous community to ensure our future efforts in the fair food movement are based on strong relationships. We’ve tentatively sought out relationships over the last few years, while getting real about the deep work that needs to be done individually and collectively to decolonise our minds and hearts (an ongoing project!), and build levels of trust and new ways of working together. It’s not difficult to notice that many of our peers, colleagues and spokespeople in the food sovereignty movement are being led by white privileged members of the community, including us. So our challenge is to work hard to make space for leaders in First Nations food sovereignty to tackle the real issues of our movement: self-determination and land rights.
During our recent careholder dinner Gaala spoke about the process of embedding ideas of Aboriginal Governance here at the shed. There was a lot of curiosity and discussion after the dinner and we look forward to facilitating some events, led by Elders, in the coming months, providing our community with more opportunities to engage with the local Indigenous community.
As our awareness and understanding increases, we’re hoping to procure more Indigenous owned and distributed food for our customers to purchase. This can be confusing for the average shopper because a lot of bush food that’s marketed in supermarkets is owned by non-indigenous growers and processors. In fact, a recent survey revealed that only 1% of Australia’s native food industry is Indigenous-owned. Given that many traditional foods are renowned for their health and medicinal benefits, there are huge risks for many communities to have their IP stolen by large multinational food and pharmaceutical companies - further perpetuating colonisation of Indigenous foodways.
So what can we do? We can start by making sure we source native foods and ingredients directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and we can continue to educate ourselves on what it means to live respectfully on Aboriginal land.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Food Businesss
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