IAC INDIAN AG RESCUE INITIATIVE WEBINAR SERIES
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) includes over $16 billion for agriculture relief and programs at USDA, that can help support Indian Country agriculture. Please join the IAC for two webinars as we launch our new Indian Ag Rescue initiative to review the programs and funding that will be available as well as hear from you!
On Tuesday, April 6th at 1:00 pm MT, we will take an in-depth look at:
The American Rescue Plan Act’s FSA debt relief, technical assistance, and other programs; and
The reopening of CFAP 2 on Monday, April 5th, and other related programs.
On Thursday, April 8th at 1:00 pm MT, we review:
USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance Programs including upcoming funding opportunities; and
How you can make your voice heard so these efforts fit your needs as a producer.
The Indian Ag Rescue initiative will work with our partners to provide update-to-date information on what relief is available, how to access it, what questions to ask, and how we can help.
Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival
The Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival are now accepting Request for proposals for presentations and demonstrations through May 15. This event will be held September 19-21, 2021 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. In addition to presentations, they encourage submissions for hands-on demonstrations. Proposals directed, connected to, and supporting tribal communities will be prioritized.
Event registration will be opening in early summer. We anticipate this event will include an in-person component to complement the virtual attendance options. Additional event information will be announced in the next few weeks.
The Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Symposium will explore histories, contemporary movements, and future transformations of Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in North America. Each day of the symposium will highlight a different theme to provide different perspectives and engagement.
- Day 1: SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
- DAY 2: TWO SIDES OF A CIRCLE: ECOLOGY & ECONOMY
- DAY 3: THE EARTH WILL SHOW US THE WAY: EDUCATION & DIVERSITY
These themes aim to enhance our understanding of the ways agricultural and food systems shape and are shaped by both human and natural systems at different scales. Science, technology, public policy, culture, and market forces increasingly interact with climate, ecosystems, and species to produce and reconfigure modern food systems. We also seek to share the impacts and disparities of modern food systems and what communities are doing to restore and preserve local economies, cultures, and wellbeing through food sovereignty actions.