The University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Department co-sponsors an annual symposium, “The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge” on May 3-4, 2019 at the University of Washington in Seattle.
This year they have opened the doors to invite the public to two days of amazing panels and break-out sessions in honor of Native Family Food Traditions under a 2019 theme “Reclaiming Food as Family Medicine”.
Last year the event drew over 250 people from the UW campus community, the regional tribal and urban Indigenous communities, and attendees and participants from Alaska, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington State. The symposium is a signature event for the UW’s wbaltx Intellectual House aiming to foster dialogue and build collaborative networks as Indigenous peoples strive to sustain their cultural food practices and preserve their healthy relationships to the land, water, and all living things.
First foods (traditional/cultural foods) is a priority issue for our Cascadia Partner Forum as an important thing to share information on, coordinate discussions around, and consider as we move towards creating a resilient region.