Call for Participants: Missoula Discrimination Video Project
YWCA Missoula’s Racial Justice Program is producing a video that will highlight personal narratives of those who have experienced discrimination in Missoula. The video will feature short narratives with community members of different backgrounds. In April 2018, there will be a community screening of the video and a panel discussion, held in conjunction with YWCA’s Stand Against Racism. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of discrimination that exists in our community, promote and validate the voices of individuals from various marginalized groups, and act as a catalyst for community change.
We are looking for participants who are willing to share their own experiences of discrimination for this project. We anticipate that participants will need to contribute up to 5 hours during the interviewing and filming process. This is a volunteer initiative with the possibility of a small stipend.
To learn more, contact Lydia Schildt, YWCA Missoula Racial Justice Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 543-6691.
Community Organization Releases Policy Advocacy Guide on Blackfeet Food Sovereignty
Blackfeet Reservation, Montana. The community-based organization Saokio Heritage announces the release of “Sokapsksino: Advocacy Guide for Food Sovereignty and Food Security on the Blackfeet Reservation.”
Saokio Heritage produced the 44-page guide using recommendations on food sovereignty and traditional food use from oral-history interviews with Blackfeet elders and community members. Blackfeet elders Frank Still Smoking, Irene Old Chief, Angeline Wall, Bernadette Wall and others hope that the guide will impact the numerous nutrition-based health disparities, such as higher rates of obesity and diabetes on the Blackfeet reservation, by encouraging the use of traditional foods.
“Learning how to advocate for policy change is important, just like learning about and revitalizing our traditional foods,” says Abaki Beck, Project Coordinator at Saokio Heritage. “It means we can make a difference for our community and Indian Country.”
The advocacy guide uses the suggestions made by elders on ways to increase traditional food use on the Blackfeet Reservation.
“We need policy that supports, not hinders, tribal ability to create our own food systems and revitalize traditional foods,” the Sokapsksino advocacy guide states. “This advocacy guide is meant for individuals who want to see food sovereignty and traditional foods increased in our community, but aren’t sure where to start.”
The advocacy guide suggests specific policy initiatives and funding interventions to promote and protect traditional food use. It also provides basic guidelines on policy advocacy at the federal level, such as — Who and how to speak with Congressional staff? And how to ask Members of Congress to sponsor a bill?
The 44-page Sokapsksino advocacy guide is available now for free atwww.saokioheritage.com. A print version is currently available on the Blackfeet Reservation.
Saokio Heritage (pronounced like Tokyo) was founded in 2008 by Blackfeet women concerned with revitalizing Blackfeet traditional knowledge & language in a modern context.
Contact: Abaki Beck, email@example.com
Saokio Heritage, firstname.lastname@example.org
For information or interviews please call: 406-243-6787.