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Panel Discussion
13:00 - 13:45 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Colonised and Coloniser: Transforming Relationships through Food and Land Stories

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13:00 - 13:45 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Colonised and Coloniser: Transforming Relationships through Food and Land Stories

Two women will share their families’ colonised and colonising experiences with their traditional foods and the traditional foods of Indigenous people on the land they settled. Jessica Milgroom’s grandfather grew up as a descendant of settler families from mixed European heritage on Ojibwe reservation land in Northern Minnesota. He was instrumental in commercialising wild rice that Indigenous people in Minnesota held sacred as food and ancestral relatives. Jessica will share how that influences her life’s work. Loa Niumeitolu is a Tongan immigrant living on Lisjan Ohlone Territory, Berkeley, California. Loa will share how her Pasifika ancestors’ great love and care for the ecosystems of life reconnected her to work with and teach youth, communities of colour, and Pasifika communities about stewarding land in Indigenous ways on Ohlone Territory.