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 compliment 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 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.