A Portfolio for Community Workshops

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Great Lakes Research Center


In 2019, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Department partnered with Michigan Tech and the Western U.P. Development and Planning Region to promote food sovereignty, strengthen wellbeing and cultural identity, and sustain knowledge for future generations through the Debweyendan (“believe in it”) Indigenous Gardens (DIGs) community initiative. Both tribal and non-tribal community members were welcomed to join a series of garden and harvesting workshops. This community initiative was made possible through a funding award from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. This portfolio is a compilation of our project activities, including the 12 workshops and 4 community capacity initiatives funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. The portfolio is intended to be a resource for other communities who desire similar programs to promote access to healthy foods in their communities and is designed with those communities in mind. It is also to ensure our community maintains a resource and inventory for future planning of food sovereignty initiatives in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.