Food Sovereignty, Justice and Indigenous Peoples: An Essay on Settler Colonialism and Collective Continuance

Whyte, K.P. 2017, Food Sovereignty, Justice and Indigenous Peoples: An Essay on Settler Colonialism and Collective Continuance. Oxford Handbook on Food Ethics. Edited by A. Barnhill, T. Doggett, and A. Egan. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming

21 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2017

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Kyle Whyte

Michigan State University - Department of Philosophy

Date Written: February 28, 2017

Abstract

Indigenous peoples often claim that colonial powers, such as settler states, violate Indigenous peoples' collective self-determination over their food systems, or food sovereignty. Violations of food sovereignty are often food injustices. Yet Indigenous peoples claim that one of the solutions to protecting food sovereignty involves the conservation of particular foods, from salmon to wild rice. This essay advances an argument that claims of this kind set forth particular theories of food sovereignty and food injustice that are not actually grounded in a static conception of Indigenous culture; instead, such claims offer important contributions to how settler colonial domination is understood as a form of injustice affecting key relationships that support Indigenous collective self-determination through food sovereignty. The essay describes some of the significant qualities of reciprocal relationships that support food sovereignty, referring widely to the work of Indigenous leaders and scholars and Tribal staff on salmon conservation in North America.

Suggested Citation

Whyte, Kyle Powys, Food Sovereignty, Justice and Indigenous Peoples: An Essay on Settler Colonialism and Collective Continuance (February 28, 2017). Whyte, K.P. 2017, Food Sovereignty, Justice and Indigenous Peoples: An Essay on Settler Colonialism and Collective Continuance. Oxford Handbook on Food Ethics. Edited by A. Barnhill, T. Doggett, and A. Egan. Oxford University Press, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2925285

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