On Wednesday, February 2nd, Dawn Morrison joins to the UBC Learning Circle to discuss Indigenous Food Sovereignty.
This presentation will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the building of the Indigenous food sovereignty movement in B.C. and beyond. It will also provide the time and space to explore the role that social networking has played. Dawn will introduce the concept of Indigenous food sovereignty and provide a general description of the principles identified by communities within the network. The presentation will lead into a discussion that will enable communities to inquire into the issues, concerns and strategies relevant to each specific Indigenous culture and community.
Learn more about the WGFIS at http://www.indigenousfoodsystems.org/
Download Presentation Notes: UBC Learning Circle Building food sovereignty from the ground up Feb 11
About the Speaker
Dawn Morrison is the Founder, Chair and Coordinator of the B.C. Food Systems Networking Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. In the years away from her ancestral Secwepemc (Shuswap) community, Dawn’s work in various capacities throughout her 20 year long career in Horticulture has literally kept her in touch with her Indigenous roots through applying an ecological approach to studying and working with plants. Her Secwepemc heritage along with her technical and practical background in horticulture and ethonobotany, as well as her passion for environmental and cultural revitalization lead her to a long lasting career in Aboriginal adult education and community self-development.
Dawn returned home in 2000 to re-connect with her ancestral ties in Secwepemc territory and has since committed to learning and working with Elders and traditional hunters, fishers and harvesters to improve the health and well being of the Secwepemc peoples, the land we have traditionally lived on and our language and way of life. As a Community Self-Development Facilitator Dawn works from a basis of Indigenous food sovereignty and eco-cultural restoration and has an educational background in the areas of horticulture, adult instruction, restoration of natural systems, and business management.
Some of Dawn’s most recent professional developments include participating in various roles with several indigenous and non-indigenous organizations such as: the B.C. Food Systems Network – Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (Coordinator/Chair), 1st Annual Interior of B.C. Indigenous Food Sovereignty Conference (Coordinator), Around the Kitchen Table Project – Aboriginal Women’s Group working on HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention (Community Facilitator), B.C. Healthy Living Alliance Community Capacity Building Strategy – Community Development Leader, and Project Associate on various other land, culture and ecology related projects.