Academic Initiative Fund for Sustainability Update:
Aquality Solutions aims to address the lack of food sovereignty in First Nations communities across Canada. Their food insecurity rates three times higher than that of the rest of Canada with Nova Scotia having the highest rate of food insecurity in Canada, aside from Nunavut, at over 17 percent. Beginning with a pilot project on the roof of Saint Mary’s University (designed and maintained by students), Aquality Solutions will work towards constructing a 1,000L, year-round aquaponics system. The goal is to see these systems replicated in First Nations communities, using recycled materials in order to grow fish and vegetables that can be consumed by the system operator and sold at an affordable price.
Aquality Solutions is allowing students to be inventive and contribute to a worthwhile project in their respective fields. Long term positive change will foster in other areas in Canada with a focus on First Nation communities especially those challenged with a colder climate than here in Nova Scotia. It will be proactive and empower communities to be self-sufficient, as opposed to struggling to obtain healthy food.