Food Sovereignty: Poetry by Carol Ann Amour

Carol Ann Amour

Carol Amour is the founder and Director of theNest, a grassroots initiative that provides resources, financial support, guidance, program development, and inspiration for projects related to social and climate justice; First Nations education; culturally responsive teaching and learning; creating communities of learners; examining what it means to live in a good way; and arts, theatre or writing projects related to those themes. She has had four books and hundreds of articles published in regional and national publications including The Christian Science Monitor, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Instructor, Anderson Valley Advertiser, The Lac du Flambeau News, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was the scriptwriter and video producer for the MILWAUKEE Public Museum's national award-winning exhibits RAINFOREST: Exploring Life on Earth and TRIBUTE TO SURVIVAL: Celebrating tribal Nations of Wisconsin. She has lived and worked in Berkeley, CA; Tokyo; The Hague; and Milwaukee. She currently lives and works in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin on the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Indian Reservation. The photo was taken in Lac du Flambeau. It is of me and the ogichidaa I speak of in the poem, Ojibwe language, and culture teacher Wayne Valliere. We are in a traditional birchbark canoe he had built with students at the Lac du Flambeau Public School. I was coordinating a program called ENVISION at the school at the time. It was a project-based service-learning project with Ojibwe culture at its heart.

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