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Handpicked: Stories from the Field

Presented by the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Handpicked: Stories from the Field is a podcast series that showcases research that drives positive change in our food systems—ways we produce, gather, eat, understand and dispose of our food. Produced and hosted by Amanda Di Battista and Laine Young, the series presents compelling, real-life stories of food practitioners, such as farmers, policymakers and activists. Episodes follow researchers and community partners in their efforts to make their food systems more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Feb 24, 2020

In this episode of Handpicked: Stories from the Field, co-producer Dr. Andrew Spring takes us through part 2 of his conversation with Chief Lloyd Chicot and Melaine Simba of the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation. Focusing on five key themes—youth, community gardening, community mapping, land stewardship and waste management—they explore how participatory action research driven by communities can have tangible and lasting impacts on everyday life and help facilitate the transfer of traditional knowledges to the next generation. They also reflect on how research has helped shape and support climate change adaptation strategies in Kakisa, NWT and the importance of building lasting relationships as part of this work.  


Co-Producers & Hosts: Amanda Di Battista & Laine Young 
Co-Producer: Andrew Spring 
Sound Design & Editing: Dotun Babajide 
Research Assistants: Chiamaka Okafor-Justin & Jake Bernstein 


Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation
Kakisa Photo Blog
Andrew Spring

Support & Funding

Wilfrid Laurier University
The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Global Water Futures
Balsillie School for International Affairs

Music Credits

Keenan Reimer-Watts


National Park Service


Moving Beyond Acknowledgments- LSPIRG
Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action