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Global Awareness Conference: White Corn Project

By Institute for Global Engagement

Thursday, November 4, 2021 7pm to 9pm

43.454275, -76.536007

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The theme for this year's Global Awareness Conference is indigenous food sovereignty.  Indigenous food sovereignty is an activist movement advocating for indigenous people's right to control their own food sources and distribution, rather than relying on megacorporations for their food.

 

The Iroquois White Corn Project, originally Pinewoods Community Farming, began as the vision of Dr. John Mohawk (Seneca) and Dr. Yvonne Dion-Buffalo (Samson Cree). Their desire to bring Iroquois White Corn back as a staple of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) diet began a decade-long project that has returned to its original home, Ganondagan.

 

Lauren Jimerson, Onöndowa'ga', Heron clan, is a certified life coach and trained art therapist. Lauren has served as the past interim project manager at the Iroquois White Corn Project and credits her knowledge of white corn to her upbringing on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation by learning from family. Lauren enjoys experimenting with her cooking while incorporating ancestral ingredients as well as sharing stories that underscore the lessons of the corn.

 

Angel Jimerson (Seneca/Heron Clan) and their mother began to live at Ganondagan with their aunt and uncle when they were 5 months old.  Angel was the first Seneca child in more than 300 years to grow up at Ganondagan (a thriving Seneca Village) that their uncle Peter Jemison (Seneca/Heron Clan) has managed since 1984.  Living at Ganondagan throughout their childhood Angel was surrounded by Seneca and Haudenosaunee culture, traditions and values.


Angel has been involved with the Iroquois White Corn Project since it was brought to Ganondagan in 2012. They began working in the Iroquois White Corn Project Youth Program, later leading the youth group. Since then, Angel has filled several roles within the Project including cultural outreaches, workshops and demonstrations sharing their knowledge within the academic setting, at conferences, events, and as of late, virtually.


Angel worked directly with Seneca Nation staff assisting in the production training of Gakwi:y:oh Farms, a program within the Nation that addresses food insecurity and food sovereignty through community engagement.


Currently, Angel fills the role of Iroquois White Corn Project, Production Manager. Their passion for minimalism, sustainability, and food sovereignty are a direct reflection of their Haudenosaunee values, culture and traditions.

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