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Our Roots, Our Hearts: Food & Medicines Gathering

September 23, 2023

Please join us on September 23rd for the Our Roots, Our Heart: Food and Medicines Gathering hosted by the Na’ah Illahee Fund.
This event is being held to nourish our hearts and spirits as Indigenous peoples by re-imagining and reconnecting with our plant relatives and ancestral roots. With speakers and our Youth Panel, this event brings us together to share knowledge on traditional foods, wellness, and sovereignty.
This fully virtual event will include presentations, breakout discussion groups, raffle items and more.
Keynote Speaker: Monique Grey Smith (Cree/Lakota/Scottish) [9:15-10:30]
She is an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults, the youth-adapted version of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, which brings Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation.
Plenary Speaker: Dune Lankard (Eyak Athabaskan), President and Founder of Native Conservancy. {10:45-11:45am}
His work has helped win the preservation of more than 1M acres of the Copper River Delta and recognition. Dune will share his experience as a NIF grantee to support the Native Kelp Alliance, and how they are addressing climate change & the regenerative economy through kelp farming.
Lunch + Speaker Rena Priest (Lummi) [12:15-1]
Join us during lunch and poetry with Rena Priest (Lummi). Rena Priest is an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She served as the 6th Washington State Poet Laureate (2021-2023)
Registration opens on July 30th and will remain open until 8:00 AM on the day of the event, Sept 23rd.

Na'ah Illahee Fund

1620 18th Ave. Suite 101
Seattle, WA, 98122

We are an Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to the ongoing regeneration of Indigenous communities. Through grantmaking, capacity-building and community-based intergenerational programming, we seek transformative change by supporting culturally grounded leadership and organizing.

Focused on Indigenous Ecology, Food Sovereignty, and Wise Action, we work to advance climate and gender justice, while creating healthy pathways towards self-determination and movement-building.