Shiloh Maples

Shiloh Maples

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Shiloh is an educator, community organizer, and consultant focusing on food systems. Her areas of focus include food sovereignty, Indigenous food movements, Indigenous community planning, and food systems education. In her practice, Shiloh works in partnership with community members and local leaders from around the Great Lakes to work towards a more sustainable and equitable food system. For nearly a decade, she worked within Michigan's Indigenous community to create a food sovereignty initiative which aimed at increasing access to cultural foods and creating opportunities for the community to fully practice their foodways in the urban landscape of Detroit. Shiloh has experience in community-led program development, implementing culturally-based nutrition education, and organizing for PSE (policy, systems, and environmental) changes to address health disparities. Her current work includes contributing to the updated Michigan Good Food Charter, serving on the Detroit Food Policy Council, and offering workshops on racial equity in the food system. Shiloh also teaches courses on racial justice and culturally-based practice at Eastern Michigan University School of Social Work.

Shiloh has represented Slow Food Turtle Island as an Indigenous Peoples delegate in Turin, Italy at Terra Madre in 2016 & 2018.

Shiloh has a Masters in Social Work from University of Michigan, where she specialized in community organizing and community social systems. She also completed certificate programs in organic farming and permaculture design.

Shiloh is a citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.

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