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Highway closures in B.C. raise concerns about local food security during disaster

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Coquihalla Highway closed in February 2017 due to heavy snowfall, leaving transport trucks and private vehicles stuck on the highway overnight.

Experts say communities have between 3-5 days of supplies before more needs to be shipped in

By Andrew Kurjata and Ash Kelly, CBC News, Feb 15, 2017

A series of highway closures has highlighted how dependent B.C. communities are on regular shipments of food and supplies and raised questions about what would happen to that supply chain during a prolonged emergency. Read the rest of this entry

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Tribes preparing for climate change impact on Indigenous Foods

Image: Blackfire.

Image: Blackfire.

by George Plaven, East Oregonian, July 24, 2015

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for climate change projects.

Against the backdrop of a region-wide drought, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are bracing for the potentially harmful long-term effects of climate change.

The tribes have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to study climate change in the Pacific Northwest and come up with an action plan to protect the reservation’s natural resources, including traditional First Foods.

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