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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.

Jan 13, 2020

In this episode of Handpicked: Stories from the Field, co-producer Dr. Andrew Spring sits down with Chief Lloyd Chicot and Melaine Simba of the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation from the community of Kakisa in the Northwest Territories. Reflecting on their long partnership of collaboration, they talk about how climate change is impacting food systems in Canada’s North and how their small community is finding ways to adapt to the changing landscapes. You'll hear about community-driven participatory action research and initiatives ongoing in Kakisathe unique ways that food security issues impact northern Indigenous communities, the importance of the landand how the community members are monitoring and adapting to the changes being observed.


Co-Producers & Hosts: Amanda DiBattista & 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
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)