“Growing” a sustainable community: Health, food, and development at the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Irene Altiman


How can a First Nation community become sustainable and not be primarily reliant on government financing and services?  Economic development is one major tool towards this sustainability. The small community of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation (AOK), located on Manitoulin Island, has the opportunity to become the top producer and supplier of organic produce in Northern Ontario. This paper explores local CSA, food cooperative, greenhouse, and aquaponics operations as means to reach this goal.

Keywords: First Nations, sustainability, agriculture, food, healthy communities

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15353/pced.v16i0.63


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