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THE INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS FOODS AND TRADITIONS

The Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions was created in 2011 by Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension staff.?? The Institute serves as a house of knowledge, a place where program successes and resources can be shared.? Through embracing ancestral teachings and identifying successful models for change, we build tribal community strength and resilience.

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THE INSTITUTE OFFERS

  • Advocacy
  • An annual conference
  • Leadership development
  • Train-the-trainers programs
  • Best practices think tanks
  • Models for systemic community change

The 2012?Our Food is Our Medicine Conference?was the kickoff event for the Institute.? The gathering was a great success, attracting over 130 tribal food sovereignty leaders from the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.?? Interactive workshops, panel discussions, skill sharing, nature walks, fireside storytelling, medicine making, and traditional foods feast were part of the event.? It was an opportunity for participants to share their gifts, knowledge, and resources.??Read more

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The 2013?Our Food is Our Medicine Conference?was the 2nd Annual event. ?It was held at the Bastyr University in Seattle, WA on September 11th-13th. ?The conference focused on policy changes and other strategies that support the People and the Land. ‘Policy’ is a word that we commonly hear in our modern world, yet it is difficult to comprehend.? Many communities and governmental agencies are busily creating food policies and we are striving to understand what that means. “Policy is translating our shared values and our vision into action” says June O’Brien.? During our time together we shared our visions for revitalizing native food traditions, improving native peoples’ health, and protecting the land. We explored the principles and values that have guided successful programs and pledged to continue to bring this work forward.? We are committed to the wellness of indigenous people.

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