Pathways to Revitalization of Indigenous Food Systems

Decolonizing Diets through Indigenous-focused Food Guides




Community-Based Research, Decolonial Approach, Food Guide, Indigenous Food Security, Health, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Nutrition, Self-Determination


The 2019 Canadian Food Guide (CFG) was launched in January 2019 with a promise to be inclusive of multicultural diets and diverse perspec­tives on food, including the food systems of Indigenous communities. Some scholars argue that federally designed standard food guides often fail to address the myriad and complex issues of food security, well-being, and nutritional needs of Canadian Indigenous communities while imposing a dominant and westernized worldview of food and nutrition. In a parallel development, Indige­nous food systems and associated knowledges and perspectives are being rediscovered as a hope and ways to improve current and future food security. Based on a review of relevant literature and our long-term collaborative learning and community-based research engagements with Indigenous com­munities from Manitoba, we propose that Indige­nous communities should develop their food guides considering their contexts, needs, and pref­erences. We discuss the scope and limitations of the most recent Canadian food guide and opportu­nities to decolonize it through Indigenous food guides, including their potential benefits in enhanc­ing food security and well-being for Indigenous communities. We propose to design and pilot test such Indigenous food guides in communities Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba as community-based case study research that supports Indigenous-led and community-based resurgence and decolonization of food guides.


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Author Biographies

Taylor Wilson, University of Winnipeg

Master’s in Develop­ment Practice Candidate

Shailesh Shukla, University of Winnipeg

Department of Indigenous Studies



How to Cite

Wilson, T., & Shukla, S. (2020). Pathways to Revitalization of Indigenous Food Systems: Decolonizing Diets through Indigenous-focused Food Guides. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(4), 201–208.