Projects: From the Ocean Floor to the Mountain Top

Project Brief

Our proposed research seeks to further knowledge about current food sovereignty practices amongst T’Sou-ke Nation, while investigating what supports the community needs to secure infrastructure for their food sovereignty efforts. The objectives for this study include: to formalize community food sovereignty goals; to identify traditional food practices as well as barriers to incorporating these practices in everyday life; to determine what supports are required for sustained infrastructure within the community; and, to explore the concept of food as a renewable energy source through an Indigenous lens. 

We have been working with Chief Gordon to finalize these plans, along with Christine George who is the Band Office administrator and coordinates the Ladybug Garden and Greenhouse in the community. Fiona Devereaux, a dietitian with Island Health, has also been a great support to this project and land-based initiatives taking place at T’Sou-ke.

Salal berries, T-Sou’ke First Nation, British Columbia

Shellfish harvesting, T-Sou’ke First Nation, British Columbia

Sea urchins, T-Sou’ke First Nation, British Columbia


Project Team


Hannah Tait Neufeld, Chief Gordon Planes

Project Assistant

Brianna Poirier