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Circling up with Secwepemc Elder Mike Arnouse for January’s Community of Practice

We are honoured that Secwepemc Elder Mike Arnouse (aka Uncle Mike) will be joining us again after his first visit a year ago for our monthly so-called BC Food Security Gateway Community of Practice gathering next week. You’re invited to learn about the CoP and if it sounds like it aligns with you passion, work, and practice, consider joining and circling up with Uncle Mike again during winter’s invitation to reflect, rest, regenerate, and listen.

About the Community of Practice

The Gateway Community of Practice convenes folks throughout the traditional Indigenous territories of so-called* BC who share a passion and practice around work centering:

  • Household food insecurity and poverty reduction
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty, anti-racism, food justice, and decolonization in the food system
  • Local food policy and governance
  • Community food action, network and movement building

*why do we say so-called?


Next Week’s Circle with Uncle Mike

January 18, noon – 1:30 PM PST

Conversations with Uncle Mike often include him sharing the traditional knowledge of his community and stories of his many years of activism and teaching. He’s an Elder at Thompson Rivers University and for the Wild Salmon Caravan and Indigenous Food and Freedom School.

Photo credit: Ananda Lee Tan | Image Source


We can’t know where the conversation may flow, however we’re bringing some initial curiosity for Uncle Mike to share his thinking around LandBack movements and work, taking care of the land, and what gets in the way of just and compassionate action. Our thanks to Michelle Tsutsumi for working with us and especially Uncle Mike to bring the conversation together.


As a CoP, we’re invited to be present, witness, and reciprocate his offerings by taking time to share reflections, questions, and insights with Uncle Mike during our time together. We’ll have time in small breakout groups to support this.


**We also ask that out of respect for the process and our time together that folks plan to arrive on time (Zoom opens 15 mins early) and stay for the duration of the session (noon – 1:30 PST).** 

Gathering ‘Round the (Zoom) Fire with Uncle Mike

January 18, noon – 1:30 PM PST

Join the Community of Practice for more details and Zoom Registration


Learning about LandBack and Indigenous Food Sovereignty


Here are just some of the many, many places to learn about LandBack and Indigenous Food Sovereignty we’ve gathered for the Gateway. We welcome others that have been supportive in your learning and practice.


📰 News Stories

Vancouver returns city-owned land to Musqueam

Turning Food into a Weapon in the Battle against Colonialism

Thousands of hectares to be transferred to First Nation near Nanaimo

How 2 Alberta Métis women secured 65 hectares of ‘Land Back’ in 3 months

How colonization dismantled Coast Salish Food Systems

Mission, BC and the province sign land deal with local First Nations

Indigenous agriculture is a Land Back issue

Snuneymuxw First Nation signs historic MOU with province and feds

How Indigenous-led agriculture in BC’s Peace River region is a beacon of hope amid an uncertain future

BC returns land parcel on Sunshine Coast to shíshálh First Nation

📔Longer Reads and Podcasts

Decolonization is not a metaphor Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

Land Back: A Yellowhead Institute Red Paper

Canada, it’s time for Land Back Pamela Palmater

Briarpatch: The Land Back Issue

LAND BACK! What do we mean? Ronald Gamblin, 4RS Youth Movement

Land Back: Reclaiming Indigenous Jurisdiction Alberta Advantage Podcast

Land Back w/ Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle & Lindsay Nixon The Red Nation Podcast