Honouring all relations that sustain life
At the core of food sovereignty are ways of knowing, being and acting in the world that value organic and cyclical processes, represent a holistic view of nature, and acknowledge the interrelationship of all the elements that sustain life. These ideas have come into our conversations over five years, through many different places and from many different voices, some of which you will hear in the five photo essays and videos below.
This perspective is challenged by Eurocentric knowledges that fragment our understanding, objectify living things, and focus on products over processes. Western sciences often work to explain the material world, while Indigenous perspectives see all life processes as spiritual. The Legacies exchange is part of the broader dialogue between western scientific knowledges and Indigenous knowledges, which are converging in new ways.
The videos and photo essays in this section can catalyze conversations about these different world views, or as our Indigenous Spanish-speaking participants call “ways of living.” Each video and photos essay is introduced with a short written text and is followed by commentaries and a guide for facilitators.