Food and Medicines


What is Food Sovereignty?


Food sovereignty means to exercise autonomy in all territorial spaces: countries, regions, cities and rural communities. Food sovereignty is only possible if it takes place at the same time as political sovereignty of all peoples. ~ Declaration of the Forum for Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni 2007:5

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We believe that food sovereignty is the ability to feed ourselves and feed ourselves well. It is a state of being in which our community is able to have a safe, culturally acceptable, and nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that promotes community self-reliance and social justice throughout the 1842 Treaty ceded-territory. Our territory is a rich and vast garden where foods and medicines abound throughout our forest and water landscape.


Practicing food sovereignty within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) is about being Anishinaabe Ojibwa. Since time immemorial, our story is and has always been focused on cultivating and protecting relationships within ecosystems and between humans and beings of all kinds. We have endured a long and detrimental history yet our identity as a people survives. We are hunters, fishers, and gatherers; we share our harvests and our knowledge with each other. We envision the restoration of honorable harvesting across our landscape, and in doing so, we aim to strengthen food sovereignty for our community and all our relatives.


Today, food sovereignty education and outreach initiatives are critical to restoring and strengthening the KBIC – all activities of the KBIC Natural Resources Department promote the sovereignty of our nation. We invite you to learn more about what our department is doing to promote food sovereignty practices by exploring these resources:


Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems ~ La Via Campensina, 2007

On-farm and local food buying options for people
The county directories are now live on the UPFE site:

Here's the directory for Baraga County:

And Houghton County:



A Guide to the Four Medicines for All People

Debweyendan (“believe in it”) Indigenous Gardens (DIGs)

Bemaadizijig Ogitigaaniwaa (“Peoples’ Garden”)

Karena's Teas

Native Plant Species

Garden for Heart

Bees and bee keeping

Food Sovereignty Lunch and Learn Series


The communal love of place creates a different world of action. ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer in The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

Communities across the globe are engaged in food sovereignty activities – practices to restore and protect their local environments, economies, and cultures. Understanding food sovereignty is about getting to know place and people – histories and genealogies, human-environment relationships, and justice and ethics, as well as ecologies, economics, policy, technologies and more. To learn more about food sovereignty in our region, please visit these multi-media resources:

The Ways - Stories on Language and Culture

Ogichidaa Storytellers

Western U.P. Food Systems Council

When can we eat the fish?

Great Lakes Now - Buffalo Reef Restoration

More Food Sovereignty Multimedia Resources


Food sovereignty asserts the need for sovereignty within sovereignty. ~ Audra Simpson 2014:10