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To highlight the work Creation Grantees are doing in their communities, the Creation Community Grants Team sends out Q&A forms so they can share their experiences creating and carrying out their projects. Today we are featuring responses from Rachel & Kianna of the Wolastoqey Land to Table Project

Community: Fredericton, Sitansisk First Nation, New Brunswick 

Grant Type: Partnership Stream – Entrepreneurship

Q: Tell us about your group and project!

A: Our group is family. We are cousins who value one another’s strengths and came together to put them to good use. Kianna is a passionate advocate for food sustainability and traditional knowledge systems who created this project idea, while Rachel has experience in project management and youth organizing. Together, we wanted to focus on introducing youth to the world of traditional food systems and food sustainability through a landtotable gardening and food truck social enterprise project.

“The main goal is to be a part of the solution to the problem of food sustainability and access to cultural knowledge that our youth experience.” 

Rachel & Kianna, Wolastoqey Land to Table Project

Q: As the youth running the project, what impact do you hope it will have?

A: The main goal is to be a part of the solution to the problem of food sustainability and access to cultural knowledge that our youth experience. We hope our project instills confidence in youth who want to learn more about traditional food systems or the world of business. That it is the start of something bigger when it comes to programming in our area. 

Q: What is something you have learned?

A: We have learned the basics of a large-scale business plan and what is needed to create a feasible business.

Q: What is one piece of advice you would share with other youth who want to run a project?

A: Remember to be kind to yourself when you first start organizing projects. Whether they’re big or small, there will be moments that make you feel like it’s not going fast enough, or you can’t do it, and that’s normal. Be kind to yourself and remember to listen to your mind and body, and value those feelings before making any decisions.

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