Indigenous Ecology Lab

Indigenous Ecology Lab

Lizeth Ardila Ramirez

Lizeth Ardila Ramirez

MSc Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems Student
Started September 2022

A deep desire to learn about food justice in the Turtle Island context. I wanted to understand how local food systems operate and who leads food organizations.

Under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Grenz, I wanted to broaden my understanding of food systems, which go beyond organizations and start from how we care and steward the land and support those who, since time immemorial, have taken part in land healing.

Undergraduate Degree:

BA, International Development and Conflict Resolution Studies, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Research Interests:

Indigenous Food Systems, Food Systems Policy, Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Decolonial Food Systems, Food Systems Leadership.

General Interests:
gardening, hiking, reading

Project

Decolonizing Urban Alternative Food Organizations in Winnipeg: Centering the Voices of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour

This research’s primary objective is to understand better the experiences and motivations of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour (IBPOC) working in alternative food organizations, including urban agriculture organizations, food banks, and good food clubs, in the inner city of Winnipeg. I am particularly interested in identifying opportunities for diversity and inclusion in these food organizations’ leadership to ensure they reflect the communities they serve. With my research, I would like to inform policy and respectfully present the stories of those who would like to participate in my research.

Publications

Thesis in Progress: Decolonizing Urban Alternative Food Organizations in Winnipeg: Centering the Voices of Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour