The Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium will take place September 19-21, 2021 at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and Northern Michigan University. They are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the KBIC Day on September 19. If interested, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Symposium seeks to provide opportunities for Indigenous knowledge holders, researchers, practitioners, producers, and community members to share common interests, insights, and dialogue from across the fields of Indigenous agriculture and foods. Content of the symposium aims to center on four interrelated themes – Indigenous food ecology, economy, diversity, and sovereignty (FEEDS) to build and broaden education and collaboration, specifically in ways that FEEDS the body, mind, spirit, and community.
The Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Symposium will explore histories, contemporary movements, and future transformations of Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in North America. On the first day of the Symposium within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the theme is SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. For days 2-3, we invite proposals within the following overarching Symposium themes on day 2, TWO SIDES OF A CIRCLE: ECOLOGY & ECONOMY and day 3, THE EARTH WILL SHOW US THE WAY: EDUCATION & DIVERSITY.
This Symposium brings together academia, Traditional Knowledge Holders, and the local Great Lakes community for discussion of key issues and means of collaboration through organizations such as the Intertribal Agriculture Council, National Science Foundation, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, and more!