Office of the County Commission
P R O C L A M A T I O N
For Douglas County, Kansas
WHEREAS: Food embodies the relationships between humans, plants and animals of Mother Earth and serves an indispensible social, cultural, and nutritional function for humankind; and,
WHEREAS: Douglas County and the surrounding environs continue to be a source of nutritious local foods- both wild and cultivated; and
WHEREAS: The communities within Douglas County support a thriving farmer's market, a wide variety of local and regional farmers and food producers, and acknowledge their contributions to the physical and economic health of our communities; and
WHEREAS: The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that over one billion people in the world are going hungry, over 80% of whom are food producers and the majority of which live on the territories of Indigenous Peoples; and
WHEREAS: Douglas County is home to Haskell Indian Nations University and is attended by Indigenous Peoples of the forty-eight contiguous states of the U.S. and Alaska - each with their own unique food traditions; and
WHEREAS: One of the greatest gifts the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas offered to those who arrived on their shores 500 years ago was food.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of County Commissioners of Douglas County, Kansas, hereby proclaims Saturday, October 22, 2011 as
INDIGENOUS FOOD DAY
In Douglas County, Kansas and recognizes the Haskell Indigenous Food Festival as Douglas County's contribution to the first ever National Food Day activities.
ADOPTED this 12th day of October, 2011.