Vision holder, Research Curator, Narration, Website Content Creation, Fundraiser,
Dawn is of Secwepemc ancestry and is the Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty.
Since 1983 Dawn has worked and studied horticulture, ethno-botany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems in formal institutions as well as through her own personal healing and learning journey. Following the years
she spent teaching Aboriginal Adult Basic Education, Dawn has been dedicating her time and energy to land-based
healing and learning which led her to her life’s work of realizing herself more fully as a developing spirit aligned leader
in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement. Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 13
years for decolonizing food systems discourse in community, regional and international networks and has become
internationally recognized as a published author. Dawn’s work on the Decolonizing Research and Relationships is
focused on creating a critical pathway of consciousness, that shines a light on the cross-cultural interface where
Indigenous Food Sovereignty meets, social justice, climate change and food systems research, action and adaptive
policy, planning and governance.
Some of the projects Dawn is curating include: Wild Salmon Caravan, Indigenous Food and Freedom School and, Dismantling Structural Racism in the Food System.
German Ocampo’s bio
German Ocampo was born in Quindio, the coffee region of Colombia. He brings experience in community organizing, advocacy, education, as well as community-based action projects. In the past few years, he has been working on projects based in Victoria (unceded Coast Salish territory) concerning food security and indigenous sovereignty issues, decolonization of the cultural landscape as well as education as a social justice and anti-poverty issue.
He truly believes that in order to have healthy thriving communities we must start by having a healthy relationship with ourselves, each other and the natural environment that surrounds us and gives us life. This belief has brought him to pursue post-secondary education in Political Science, Environmental Studies, Human Geography and Ecological Restoration.