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Indigenous food summit will focus on collaboration

Mamaweswen tribal council will hold four days of discussions, presentations and keynote speakers in the Sault Feb. 26-29
Kinoomaagewin is a former government nursery being repurposed to provide land-based healing programming for Indigenous people from across the North Shore of Lake Huron.

Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council, is hosting a four-day food sovereignty summit Feb. 26-29 at the Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie.

Themed 'We Are Better Together,’ the event will feature activities including an opening social dinner, community presentations, and roundtable discussions on collaboration.

Guest speakers include MkoMosé (Andrew Bertram Judge), who will speak about food sovereignty and action; Kendall Boissoneau-Johnson, who will speak about youth resistance, resilience, and food sovereignty; and Annette Flamand, who will speak about the Wiikwemkoong livestock program.

The event will conclude with a lunch and tour at Kinoomaagewin, a former tree nursery in Thessalon First Nation that encompasses 80 acres of farmland, 16 greenhouses, cold storage, and a certified organic food processing and packaging facility.

The community is using the facility to grow and distribute healthy foods to North Shore communities and off-reserve members.

Registration for the summit is open. More information is available here.

Mamaweswen represents seven First Nations along the north shore of Lake Huron in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory. They include Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, Thessalon First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Serpent River First Nation, Sagamok Anishnawbek, and Atikameksheng Anishinawbek.

The North Shore Tribal Council Secretariat is the corporate arm of this collective of First Nations. It is responsible for the delivery of services to member First Nations and their community members.