Self-governing, the authority of a state to govern itself or another state.
Indigenous food sovereignty and food security can be described as local efforts to transform and reclaim food systems, combat hunger and health issues, and become self-reliant and autonomous.
My relationship with food sovereignty is community-based engagement, with a primary focus on working with individuals and finding their role within the broader scope of food sovereignty. I am a community organizer, and often coordinate and facilitate events, gatherings, and plans for individuals and groups to come together.
Food sovereignty is not just about access to healthy food, but as a direct connection to the land and the traditions practices for thousands of years. Food sovereignty is a way to reconnect to past cultural teachings and to the land itself, healing mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Shay has participated in two different research projects, and worked as a Project Coordinator with Tk'emlups te Secwepemc in regards to food sovereignty. She has extensive community engagement experience, working directly with all ages of people.