Join us this May and June in learning and engaging with our food system through events that highlight efforts working to construct a more equitable food system!
“Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring our World” Film and Q & A with Patrick Yawakie and Sidney Upsis Fellows
Tuesday, May 16th @ 5:30pm-7:30pm at Zootown Arts Community Center Show Room
*Registration Required ($5 suggested cover at door)
(Excerpt from Inhabitants Film website): “Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America’s original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.”
People’s Food Sovereignty Program (PFSP)
The People’s Food Sovereignty Program is a Native led grassroots organization on the Flathead Reservation. They serve CSKT Tribal members and other tribal people, through food projects that promote Tribal Food Sovereignty and Self-determination. To learn more and support their work, visit PFSP’s website at: peoplesfoodsoverei.wixsite.com/my-site
Food Sovereignty Director for People’s Food Sovereignty Program and Co-CEO of Red Medicine LLC
Patrick is an enrolled member of the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico and is also Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe and White Bear Nakota. He currently resides on the Flathead Reservation. His educational experience has allowed him to engage in Native Get-Out-the-Vote and Food Sovereignty efforts as a community organizer and member of various community non-profit boards and action groups. His primary focuses include treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, self-determination, food systems, food security, economic development, natural resource conservation, broadband development, Native GOTV and voting rights.
Sidney Upsis Fellows
Graduate Student in the Environmental Studies program at U.M.
Hello! My name is Sidney Upsis Fellows. My passion for increasing tribal access to healthy, cultural foods and my commitment to being a good relative are rooted in my communities and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone-Bannock and Chippewa-Cree Tribes. I was born and raised on the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation in southeast Idaho. Five years ago, through professional and academic experiences, I began my studies in natural history, ethnobotany, and Indigenous food sovereignty. In 2022, I received a B.A. in biology and am now in the Environmental Studies M.S. program with a focus in sustainable food and farms and Indigenous knowledge. My current research interests focus on Indigenous food sovereignty, biodiversity, and the impacts of mining on land, water, and people at the Fort Hall reservation. Additionally, I am helping out with the Four Sisters’ Garden at the PEAS farm this year. I am grateful to be deepening my understanding of my role as a community member and how to use my education to empower the health and wellbeing of land and people through food and cultural practice. A photo of me in the mountainous terrain of my ancestral homelands!
“Garden Gay” PRIDE Weekend Kick-Off Event!
Wednesday, June 14th @ 4-8PM at Imagine Nation Brewing
Join us and our friends at Western MT LGBTQ+ Community Center and Imagine Nation Brewing Co. for a Pride Weekend Kick-Off Event!!!
Dancing with the Commissioner at 6pm! Pride Merch & Flower Crafts! Two new beers brewed in support of the LGBTQ+ community! Come and get your Garden Gay on!!
We will be announcing the awardee of one $500 scholarship at the event for the LGBTQ+ Cultivating Community Award! This scholarship is aimed at supporting LGBTQ+ farmers, farm workers, and backyard gardeners growing food for their communities! You can apply directly or nominate another amazing community-builder!
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