The vision of the VICCIFN is that Indigenous food systems on Vancouver Island and in the surrounding coastal communities are recognized, maintained, enhanced and celebrated in a holistic way that honours cultural knowledge and values, nurtures the people, communities and environments they are Indigenous to, and sustains future generations.
To provide opportunities for people from rural and isolated communities to participate, the Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network has developed a rotating regional meeting approach across Vancouver Island. Gatherings are hosted in the territories of each of the First Nations family groups on Vancouver Island: Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuu-chah-nulth. Since time immemorial these Nations have developed, maintained and evolved food gathering, harvesting and preserving approaches that are specific to their bioregions.
Another goal of the Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Indigenous Food Network is to meaningfully engage with First Nations Elders and youth. The VICCIFN believes very strongly in the importance of continuing the transfer of traditional knowledge to the next generations. The network promotes opportunities for Aboriginal communities and their youth and elders to revitalize traditional teachings and to breathe life back into these practices. With this goal in mind we worked on and created the Digital Harvest Project.
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