• Description

For more than 30 years, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has worked with tribes and Native organizations to restore Native American control and culturally compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and also to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. Native food systems are an important asset of Native nations. However, like most Native assets, Native foods systems have been altered, colonized and in some cases destroyed. In 2004, First Nations published the Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT) to demystify the process of food-related data collection in Native communities and to provide real-world examples of community-led food assessments. Over the past decade, many Native communities have used this tool as an initial step toward reclaiming local food-system control. A collection of essays that facilitates the use and effectiveness of First Nations' Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool (FSAT). This collection of essays attempts to build on the FSAT and offer stories, experiences and assessment designs from individuals who have already conducted food assessments in their communities.