Support the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response CircleOctober 23, 2020
Like many seed farmers, Indigenous seed keepers are experiencing increased demand for seeds from their communities because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 is exacerbating food insecurity and injustice. The COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle is responding by keeping ancestral seed alive, asserting Indigenous sovereignty, and (re)claiming ancestral food relationships.
Like many seed farmers, Indigenous seed keepers are experiencing increased demand for seeds from their communities.
With small seed supplies, this can result in difficult decisions: gifting seed for food, at the risk of losing ancestral varieties.
Sovereign Seeds has responded to the challenge by facilitating the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle to support seed keepers this growing season.
Through this initiative, seed keepers from Indigenous territories that span the areas colonially known as Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, have been working together to increase the supply of Indigenous seed varieties.
Now as harvest time moves towards a close, seed work is just beginning.
Circle members are working to collectively clean, store, and take inventory of the ancestral seeds they’ve nurtured all summer. Throughout the winter months, the Circle’s seed keepers will share these seeds with Indigenous individuals and initiatives across Turtle Island, offer guidance to recipients through the creation of an introductory seed saving resource, and continue to lend their leadership to the cross-community seed governance that makes the Circle so special.
Through these efforts, more ancestral foods and seeds will be grown across Turtle Island next year.
This vital, ongoing work meets an urgent need for food and seed and helps decolonize the food system.
What is Sovereign Seeds?
Indigenous communities in North America have long been caring for the seeds that nurtured them through centuries of oppression and colonial violence. This oppression continues today in many forms, including food insecurity, which disproportionately impacts Indigenous people.
Sovereign Seeds is an Indigenous-led initiative working to decolonize food systems through seed sovereignty work. SeedChange is supporting Sovereign Seeds’ growth and vision, as part of our commitment to Indigenous food leadership and food justice.
Support Indigenous seed keepers; support the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle!
SeedChange supporters have a long history of supporting Indigenous farmers and seed savers around the world. Working with local partners, SeedChange supports communities keeping ancestral seeds alive, asserting their food sovereignty and growing healthy food.
Now, through Sovereign Seeds, you can support food justice by showing solidarity with Indigenous communities here as well.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift via Sovereign Seeds’ Go Fund Me page. All funds received will support the COVID-19 Indigenous Seed Crisis Response Circle. Any gift amount is meaningful and appreciated—both for the financial support, and for the important demonstration of your solidarity.