Gigi Berardi reads FoodWISE, on our obsession with thinness, and questions around re-indigenizing food, see: Subject: [sjcfarmandfood] Webinar: Re-Indigenizing Food,” August 7th at 12:00 PM PT

We look forward to seeing you at our next “Food Systems Friday” Webinar on August 7th – Re-indigenizing Food.

Re-indigenizing food is about culture. Colonization and the associated tribal removal from homelands resulted in loss of access to traditional food sources and the introduction of processed foods. The health and wellness of tribal communities is related to food sovereignty – the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. What actions and initiatives can support communities re-indigenizing food?

This webinar will explore different food sovereignty initiatives that empower tribal communities to grow their own healthy fresh produce, ease food insecurity and realize the benefits of healthy eating. This is the second episode in a new mini-series of Food Systems Fridays webinars on the theme of “The Human Right to Food” that can increase attendees’ literacy on equity and justice in the food system.

Meet the Panelists

Mark Ford is a native of Alamosa, Colorado and is of Chiricahua Apache, Tewa (Pueblo) and Spanish descent. Mark was a Roman Catholic priest for 16 years where he served as a pastor on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations in Arizona. Mark was later assigned to two churches in New Orleans, Louisiana where he co-founded a ministry for children with disabilities and their families. After Hurricane Katrina, Mark was appointed by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to be the Assistant Director of Disability Affairs in 2006 to assist persons with disabilities in accessing resources and services after the hurricane. In 2008, he was then appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs assisting the Louisiana tribes after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in their recovery efforts. In 2010 Mark moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota and began working at Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) in Rapid City initiating PWNA’s Long-Term Solutions sustainable programs for tribal communities. Mark currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona and presently serves as the Director of Gifts and Partnerships. Mark cultivates partner relationships with corporations, foundations, non-profit organizations, tribes, and philanthropists to support the work and mission of PWNA.

Rafael Tapia, Jr., a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, is the Vice President of Programs at Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA). PWNA is a non-profit organization serving hundreds of reservation communities in 9 states. PWNA’s six pillars of service are administered through partnerships with hundreds of community based tribal partners – 4 of the 6 service pillars are food related. Rafael’s public and private sector experience is concentrated in the areas of human, economic, workforce and community development. He has served as the senior advisor to the office of the chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Arizona Department of Commerce Tribal Liaison to the 22 Arizona Indian Tribes, business development consultant, and small business owner. Rafael holds an MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, as well as an Economic Development Certificate from the Oklahoma University College of Continuing Education.

When: August 7, 2020 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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