First Nations recognizes that Native food systems are important assets to Native communities. As a result, First Nations has long supported Native communities as they fortify traditional food systems, seek to increase access healthy and fresh foods, increase awareness of and involvement with where food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially related food ventures.
The California Tribal Fund Food Sovereignty and Local Control of Food Systems project was created to advance food systems in California that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems. Through the project, 11 California-based tribes and tribally controlled nonprofits received grants of $45,000 each to launch or continue a variety of projects, each designed to advance Native food sovereignty and Native food systems.
The organizations were selected through an application process that began in May 2023, with project work beginning in July 2023.
The following 2023 community partners were chosen for their vision and commitment to increasing access to healthy and fresh foods, increasing awareness of and involvement with where food comes from, and promoting tribal economic growth.
The grants are made possible through the support of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Elizabeth R & William J Patterson Foundation, the Sierra Health Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.