Between 2009 and 2012, the Foundation helped improve the availability of fresh produce in 24 remote communities in BC, through community gardens constructed under the Produce Availability Initiative(PAI).
Following the success of this pilot, the Foundation launched the Food Systems in Remote First Nations Communities project to ensure the long-term sustainability of community gardens and greenhouses in 15 First Nations communities in remote areas in BC. An additional benefit is teaching future generations food cultivation, preservation and preparation skills that will last a lifetime
The PAI and the Food Systems in Remote First Nations Communities are part of the Foundation’s wider strategic goal of supporting prevention initiatives for populations vulnerable to heart disease and stroke… and just one of the many ways working together helps empower people to live longer, healthier lives.
In June 2015, the foundation Partnered with the Indigenous Research Partnerships, UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems to host a gathering of the participant community to explore further pathways.