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August 22, 2017


THUNDER BAY, ON (August 22, 2017): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox will join
with community leaders and delegates to launch the 9th Annual Food Symposium
“Ayekeyway Nuthumun Weshkatch Kaakeepe Odahteeseeyung” (Back to our Roots) today.

“The NAN Food Symposium is an excellent opportunity for delegates from across NAN
territory to come together and address the region’s food system challenges, and focus on
ways to improve the health of our people,” said Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox. “Having
knowledge and access to healthy, fresh and reliable foods is vital. It’s important for our
communities to be able to participate in these teachings so we can continue to grow with
strong connections to the land and healthy food practices.”

Hosted by NAN’s Public Health Education department, delegates from across NAN territory
will join together for this three-day event (August 22-24) geared towards traditional food,
food preparation and the link between food and mental health. There will be opportunities
for NAN community members to provide input into the National Food Policy to ensure what
is important to northern remote First Nations is included in a Canadian policy.

This annual symposium has helped develop collaborative partnerships with NAN
community members and Manitoba First Nations, TIDES Canada and Lakehead University. It
encourages participants to learn from each other and support stronger movement for
Indigenous food self-determination.

On August 23, the late Simon Frogg, former Chief of Wawakapewin First Nation, will be
recognized for his long-time involvement with the NAN Food Advisory Council, and his work
to preserve traditional legends and culture.

Note to media: Delegates will be welcomed with opening remarks at 6 p.m. at the Quetico
Learning Centre in Atikokan, where the majority of events will be held. Members of the media
are welcome to attend all events. Agenda attached (subject to change). Please contact NAN
Communications to make arrangements.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807)
625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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