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Martha Stiegman

Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
York University
United States of America


Food Justice has framed my academic research, teaching, documentary filmmaking and community organizing for more than 15 years. I worked for seven years as a community organizer in Montreal’s food security and urban agriculture movement, then went on to graduate school to explore what land-based cross-cultural organizing around food sovereignty might look like in my home province of Nova Scotia. In my doctoral research I used participatory video to examine alliances between Bear River First Nation (Mi’kmaq) and neighboring non-Indigenous communities resisting fisheries privatization, in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1999 Marshall decision.

Research Interest

"Indigenous knowledge, rights & food sovereignty Indigenous/settler alliances Food justice movements Visual arts-based participatory research methodologies Documentary & video activism"


  • Stiegman, M. & Pictou, S. (2011) Resource Privatization, Treaty Rights Recognition, and Community Resistance in Maritime Canada. In Burnett, K. & Read, G. (Eds.) Aboriginal History: A Reader (pp.403-415) Oxford University Press. 

  • Stiegman, M. (2012) Confessions of a Reluctant Food Activist. In A.Choudry, J. Hanley, & E. Shragge (Eds.) Organize! Building from the Local for Global Justice (pp. 266-277). Oakland, California: PM Press. 

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