The Indigenous Solidarity Working Group (ISWG) is a subcommittee of the NFU’s International Program Committee (IPC) that was started in 2015 by NFU members who wanted to extend and deepen the NFU’s understanding of Indigenous food sovereignty and settler colonialism in Canada. We wanted to do this learning so that we can, as an organization, better act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples who are fighting to defend their territories and rights.
The NFU has a long-standing commitment to act in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. We understand that Canada is a settler colonial country and that, as treaty people, or people living on unceded Indigenous territory, we have a social and legal responsibility to uphold the original agreements settlers made with sovereign Indigenous nations.
Furthermore, the NFU recognizes that Indigenous and non-Indigenous farmers share common ground as people who are on the land and who feed our communities. We have a mutual interest in protecting the land and the water for sustainable use for today and the future. There are many ways in which NFU members and Indigenous hunters, gatherers, trappers, fishers and farmers can learn from each other and collaborate to promote food sovereignty.
Examples of NFU expressing public support for Indigenous rights and sovereignty
In 2017, the NFU released a statement supporting and urging Members of Parliament to vote in favour of Bill C-262, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, which calls upon the Canadian government to fully adopt and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
In 2017 NFU endorsed Idle No More’s Unsettling Canada 150 Call to Action.
In 2016 the NFU expresses solidarity with Indigenous land protectors at Standing Rock and renewed that call in 2017 for #NoDAPL.
Join the ISWG’s bi-monthly discussion group
The ISWG hosts bi-monthly discussions that provide a platform for members to share resources, learn together and engage in a process of decolonizing food, land and relationships.
If you are interested in joining the ISWG or have ideas for how we can effectively stand in solidarity for Indigenous rights and food sovereignty, please contact the ISWG co-chairs Terran Giacomini and Ayla Fenton.