About Sovereign Seeds

Sovereign Seeds is an Indigenous-led network dedicated to supporting Indigenous seed sovereignty in what is colonially known as Canada. We work to facilitate meaningful opportunities for Indigenous people to connect with one another and with our ancestral food relationships. Sovereign Seeds exists to support the revitalization, transmission, and vitality of Indigenous peoples’ seeds and seed cultures for the health of our people and the territories we depend on. 

 

Sovereign Seeds combines collective seed visioning with relational action. By cultivating seed education opportunities, collaborative spaces, and tools, we aim to contribute to Indigenous seed efforts by nurturing and strengthening our ancestral seed practices. 

Our Goals

  • Support Indigenous seed leaders in their leadership and nurture emerging seed learners as future Knowledge Holders

  • Revitalize our seed teachings and the cultural and spiritual practices that inform our seed relationships

  • Strengthen our climate change resiliency by increasing our seeds' preparedness, for the health of our seeds, our people, and the ecological networks we depend on

  • Restore decolonial seed governance by centering Indigenous women’s and Indigenous 2SLGBTQQIAAP+ community members’ contributions, experiences, and decisions

  • Improve Indigenous peoples' access to their seed varieties

  • Provide accessible opportunities for mentorship, co-learning, and seed knowledge transmission

  • Generate a network of Indigenous peer support in navigating threats to our seed relations, including environmental racism, industrial agriculture, and biopiracy 

  • Offer healing from the impacts of historical and ongoing colonization through a return to ancestral seed relationships and responsibilities

  • Increase Indigenous cross-community seed and sustenance collaboration 

 

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Sovereign Seeds is in partnership with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network (ISKN), a national network that leverages resources and cultivates solidarity among grassroots tribal seed sovereignty projects across Turtle Island. ISKN provides educational resources, mentorship training, outreach and advocacy support on seed policy issues, and organizes national and regional events and convenings to connect many communities who are engaging in this vital work. Through mentorship and leadership trainings, ISKN strives to see the number of confident seed stewards within tribal communities growing exponentially. Sovereign Seeds aims to support these seed leadership visions by echoing these approaches north of the medicine line. ISKN’s extensive expertise in nourishing Indigenous seed sovereignty efforts lends invaluable insight and guidance to the development of this program. 

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Sovereign Seeds is strengthened by SeedChange, an international non-profit organization that works with family farmers and like-minded non-profits around the world to strengthen their ability to grow good food, starting with 

local seeds. SeedChange delivers tailored projects that help farmers improve their incomes, defend their rights, and grow better food for all. SeedChange is committed to responding to sustenance injustices by supporting 

Indigenous food leadership 

globally. SeedChange is acting on this commitment through the 

administration and delivery of 
Sovereign Seeds and through their support for our governance, growth, and vision. SeedChange's commitment to social justice and their wide-ranging experience in establishing and delivering seed initiatives provides Sovereign 

Seeds with key tools and resources to realize our seed 

dreams.

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Sovereign Seeds is supported by the Seeds, Soil, and Culture fund, a seed-focused fund advised by the New Field Foundation and 

managed by RSF Social Finance

The Seeds, Soil, and Culture fund supports the transformation of local and regional food systems through the power of biodiversity and biocultural heritage. This fund aims to shine light on the knowledge, values, and leadership that inspire the practice of 

agroecology worldwide. Seeds, 

Soil, and Culture grants support farmers who bring their culture to the forefront, who illustrate how their beliefs, values, language, ethics, art, music, cuisine, ways of learning, and traditional farming practices embody agroecology at its best. The Seeds, Soil, and Culture fund's generous support for Sovereign Seed's work is what makes our program and its impacts possible.

Our Partners, Mentors, and Supporters