The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) is requesting applications for our Food & Culinary Mentorship Program’s first phase launching Spring 2018. Applications are due at 5:00pm pacific time on Friday, April 13, 2018.
This initial phase is seeking food & culinary mentee applicants who will receive travel support and a $300 honorarium to participate in the 2018 Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit from May 9-13 at the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa where mentees will be able to connect and work with experienced Native chefs including Sean Sherman, Loretta Barrett Oden, Claudia Serrato, Marlene Aguilar, Ben Jacobs, Brian Yazzie, and many more top and rising talents. This event is also featuring many Meskwaki and other community chefs, as well as seed keepers, traditional artists, and others actively engaged in the Indigenous foods movement.
Successful applicants will also be invited to participate in monthly mentorship online meetings and will receive $500 in seed money to host an event or program in your home community. Since this is the first phase of NAFSA’s Mentorship Program, we do anticipate additional future opportunities and welcome input on the program’s growth and evolution.
This year’s Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit will be hosted by the Meskwaki Nation in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council and Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance in Tama, Iowa from May 9-13. There will also be a concurrent regional youth summit.
Slow Food Turtle Island (SFTI) was formed in 2016 to provide support for expanding Native American culinary arts, education, and Indigenous food representation in the Slow Food International movement. SFTI is currently accepting delegate applications for Slow Food Nations that will be held in Denver, CO on July 14-16.
The Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance is helping organize the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit at Gun Lake Pottawotomi on April 19-23. The event will feature Native chefs preparing Indigenous foods, a variety of hands-on workshops, and a concurrent regional youth summit.
NAFSA is dedicated to restoring, supporting and developing Indigenous food systems through best practices and advocacy that place Indigenous peoples at the center of national, Tribal and local policies and natural resources management to ensure food security and health of all future generations.
Check back for more information in the near future as additional context is added and join the NAFSA Facebook page for regular updates and discussions.