This Indigenous founder moved back home to Northern Ontario to help solve food insecurity — here’s how he’s doing it.
Why It Matters
With historically unprecedented inflation rates in Canada, northern communities are facing some of the most drastic increases in food prices. Initiatives seeking to boost food security in these regions need to make meaningful connections with local communities — to go beyond quick fixes and establish sustainable, long term solutions.
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Back in January 2021, Benjamin Feagin Jr. was looking to move back to his Northern hometown in the traditional territory of Anishinabewaki and Michif Piyii (Metis) peoples (colonially known as Dryden, Ontario) to be closer to his family and his fiance. The pandemic had hit the region hard, exacerbating issues like food insecurity — but hunger has been in this community for as long as Feagin Jr. can remember.
When he moved back to Dryden, Feagin Jr. and his fiance, Fabian Velez, a grower himself, set out to build a social impact organization together that could combine their interests: technology and agri
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