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Conference 2018

Friday February 23 to Sunday February 25, 2018
Abbotsford, BC

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Keynote Speaker: Dawn Morrison

Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Director of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 10 years for Indigenous food sovereignty related research, action and policy proposal projects including: Decolonizing Research and Relationships, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Learning Circle, Strengthening Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Canada, and Wild Salmon Caravan.

Dawn has a background in horticulture, ethnobotany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems, and is an internationally recognized author. Dawn's work shines a light on the cross cultural interface where Indigenous food sovereignty provides a baseline of historical reference points in the movement to a more just and sustainable land and food system.

Title: Sustainable Land and Food Systems - Indigenous Peoples, Social Justice, and Original Instructions

In this presentation Dawn Morrison will weave an Indigenous narrative into a decolonizing framework for sustainable food systems that will highlight Indigenous food sovereignty principles. Grounded in the original instructions encoded in the complex system of Indigenous biodiversity and cultural heritage, Dawn will share her critical analysis how farmers and sustainable food system advocates in settler communities can enter into a journey of more deep and meaningful truth and reconciliation with Indigenous land and food system that have been shaped and formed over multi-millennia.



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