Cumberland House grows own produce on road to self-sufficiency – Idle No More

By Jessica Valois and Daeran Gall

The old model of ‘feeding the world’ is being replaced by giving people the resources to feed themselves.

The first settlement in Western Canada is now home to a blossoming river delta market garden.

Valerie Deschambeault, Mayor of Cumberland House, saw a need in her village of roughly 2,000 Aboriginal, Cree and Metis people, and knew growing self-reliant would leave a legacy for future generations.

“We want to work towards the long-term goal of creating a good, healthy food source and a medicinal herb concept for Aboriginal communities,” she says.

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