The 4 Corners Collaborative is hosting the 2nd Annual Food Justice Symposium on June 14th, 15th, 16th, 2019 in Mancos, Colorado.
The intention of this event is to bring together community members who are committed to engaging in dialogue and action to address racism in the food system in the Four Corners Region. The event features a Weekend Intensive, designed for people who are ready to dive deeply into this topic, and two Keynotes Speakers, which are open to the public.
Friday evening and Saturday morning will each feature a keynote speaker. Dr. Claudia Ford will speak on Friday night, and Rowen White on Saturday morning. In addition to Weekend Intensive participants, the keynote speakers will be open to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are $25 at the door, scholarships are available.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14th, 6pm
Dr. Claudia J. Ford has had a career in global women’s health and international development spanning four decades and all continents. Claudia is a midwife and ethnobotanist, who studies traditional ecological knowledge, women’s health, spiritual agriculture, and social justice. Claudia’s work is centered around the contemporary emergence of the Sacred Feminine and the efforts we need to take to use Her guidance and wisdom to bring balance into our world. Dr. Ford is on faculty at Rhode Island School of Design where she teaches Women’s Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Literature, and Environmental Justice. Claudia is a visual artist and writer, and she serves on the boards of directors of the Soul Fire Farm Institute - committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system; the Biodynamic Association - awakening and enlivening co-creative relationships between humans and the earth, transforming the practice and culture of agriculture to renew the vitality of the earth, the integrity of our food, and the health and wholeness of our communities; and the Orion Society, a community that publishes Orion literary magazine - exploring the connection between nature and culture, and inspiring new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously. Claudia is a single mother who has shared the delights and adventures of her global travel with her four always inspiring children.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 9:30AM
Rowen White is a Seed Keeper and farmer from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the director and founder of the Sierra Seeds, an innovative organic seed stewardship organization focusing on local seed and education, based in Nevada City, California. Rowen is the current National Project Coordinator and advisor for the Indigenous Seed Keeper Network, which is an initiative of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at leveraging resources to support tribal food sovereignty projects. The mission of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network is to nourish and assist the growing Seed Sovereignty Movement across Turtle Island. Rowen's passion is in teaching and mentoring, and has developed many curricula which focus on holistic, indigenous permaculture based approach to seed stewardship which honors the many layers of seed culture; from practical hands on skills, cultural context and memory with guiding principles that are rooted in an indigenous ecology of relations. She teaches and facilitates creative seed stewardship immersions around the country within tribal and small farming communities. She weaves stories of seeds, food, culture and sacred Earth stewardship on her blog, Seed Songs. Follow her seed journeys at www.sierraseeds.org
The Weekend Intensive will take place on Friday June 14th from 3pm-8pm, Saturday June 15th from 9am-8pm, and Sunday June 16th from 9am-3pm. The Intensive will be dedicated to addressing inequities and racial injustice in the food system and developing strategies for change.
You must apply to attend the Weekend Intensive. Applications will be open through April 15th. Participants will be notified if they are selected to attend the event May 1st. You may apply here.
If you are selected to participate in the Weekend Intensive, the registration fee is $100 for individuals or $300 for people coming on behalf of an organization. Scholarships are available. A limited amount of lodging is available for participants. All meals will be provided for participants in the Weekend Intensive by the I-Collective. Translation into Diné and Spanish will be provided as needed. Childcare will be provided collectively. Please let us know if you have any other needs that we can support with in the application form.
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