Join us for an evening of stories about the challenges of colonization of food, reclaiming food sovereignty, and spreading knowledge about traditional foods and practices from a panel of Indigenous food sovereignty leaders. This event is in partnership with NATIFS and the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis. Consul General Beth Richardson will give opening remarks. After the panel you will be able to enjoy the food the chefs created together, shop at the Indigenous Food Lab Market along with other Indigenous vendors that will be showcasing their crafts. We look forward to celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day with you as a Community!
Due to limited capacity, please only add this session to your itinerary if you are able to attend in person.
P.S: This event is included with your FAI registration! If you are already registered for Food, Ag, Ideas Week, there is no need to register on this page.
I am a proud Guatemalan immigrant, passionate about food and its connections with pretty much everything around us: culture, politics, spiritual life, health, and environment. I have been working in kitchens since I moved to this country four years ago, and before that, I went to college for Political Science in Guatemala City, but it did not convince me to generate some "change" food, which is why I am here.
Francesca's family is Tarahumara (Raramuri), Yaqui (Yoeme), and Mexican. Growing up her mother and father had always instilled a curiosity of the natural world as well as a respect for all of its beings, through cultural storytelling and experience. Having close family members with degenerative diseases, she began to want to further her knowledge of how to work with plants and learn their medicinal teachings, to better offer support to her family and others. She completed two Herbalist Apprenticeships through the Medicine Tree Herbal Pharmacy in Minneapolis, MN with Herbalist Jessie Belden, and she is continuing her herbalist studies with Master Herbalist, Lise Wolff. Francesca works at NATIFS as an Herbal Educator under Linda Black Elk, and also works with her sister Jessica, creating their own herbal business called Two Sisters Herbals, where they plan to offer herbal creations in the very near future.
Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette is Anishnawbe and Algonquin. he was born in North Bay, Ontario and his grandmother is from Nippissing First Nation. His clan is Mink clan. Johl was raised on wild game, fishing and seasonal berry-picks and cooking over the fire. Chef Johl is the owner of NishDish Marketeria and Catering, which specializes in Anishnawbe cuisine since 2005. He is one of Tkaronto’s leading First Nations food sovereigntists and has dedicated his life to identifying, sourcing, relearning and reclaiming what the traditional Anishnawbe diet is.