We listened to a beautiful prayer and a great introduction to start of the Tribal Food Summit. Then we headed to the break-out rooms to attend a panel presentation of these topics:
Land-Based Treaty Rights: The Tulalip Tribes assert their food-related treaty rights locally, through creative partnerships with agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, and by promoting national and international policies, to protect the rights of indigenous people. We learned about some of these creative negotiation tools that safeguard traditional foods.
Tribal Sovereignty + First Foods: Tribal leaders and policy managers shared their work to protect tribal foods through innovative agreements and tribal governance from the Oregon coast and Olympic Peninsula to eastern Oregon.
Youth, Elders + Innovation: Youth and elders worked together to remember old food ways for future generations with new programs and tools like social media, gardening and cooking classes. Tribal elders and emerging leaders shared their insights on how to reinvent traditional food ways for tribes.
We also heard from Brett Ramey who shared and engaged the audience with an interactive session of Food, Medicine & Community. We had two great HOW TO Workshops: How to Organize Food Projects, and Communicating Key Messages for Media. We had a great first day turn-out! Thank you everyone for attending the Tribal Food Summit. See you tomorrow.
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