Subsistence Practices Support Indigenous Child and Family Well-being
In 2020, over 11 million Indigenous people resided in the United
States and its territories. Colonization’s historical impacts,
including war, slavery, boarding schools, land theft, diseases,
and racism, have caused lasting traumas. Today, colonization
persists through land and water management practices that
prioritize economic interests, harming Indigenous lands and food
security. Non-Indigenous land management contributes to species
and ecosystem decline, threatening Indigenous well-being and
limiting subsistence and food security.
ChildTrends’s article explores 5 ways that subsistence practices
support Indigenous child and family well-being. Indigenous
Peoples cherish subsistence as a sacred, holistic way of life,
embracing spirituality, ancestral connections, and environmental
stewardship for their overall well-being.