Coffee Chat with Bita



Voice, Value, Vulnerability:

Knowledge Rights, Food Sovereignty, and the Duty to Consult Indigenous Women

This talk will reflect on converging trends that continue to demote women in the stories of creation, promote certain forms of knowledge and productive capacities, and amplify existing sites of vulnerabilities for Indigenous People's food security, food sovereignty and self-determination. The human right to food is embedded within the right to a standard of living adequate for the wellbeing of a person and their family and advances the right to be free from hunger, a separate right given independent consideration in international law. Particular attention is given in this context to Indigenous women's knowledge and wellbeing in relation to food and its cultural expression, raising the proposition that a duty to consult Indigenous women is both a constitutional and international legal requirement.