Indigenous Terra Madre (ITM) events are global or regional indigenous-led meetings held within indigenous territories. These events represent key moments for ITM members to meet, debate, exchange knowledge and food products as well as to raise awareness among governments and civil society on indigenous peoples’ issues. When communities meet, the events become a celebration of the diversity of food cultures.
Slow Food organizes meetings every two years as part of Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, where ITM members can debate the food system, its challenges and opportunities as well as exchange best practices and raise awareness.
The second ITM event was held in Shillong (Meghalaya, India) in 2015 and was hosted by the Khasi indigenous communities. Over 600 delegates representing indigenous communities, academia, youth, UN agencies and donors from 62 countries participated in three days of conferences addressing the rights of indigenous peoples. The result of the discussions held over these days was summarized in the so-called “Shillong Declaration.” On the final day thousands of visitors were invited to participate in a festival celebrating indigenous foods and voices through cooking demonstrations, handicraft, music and dancing.
ITM in Jokkmokk (Sweden) was Slow Food’s first global event dedicated entirely to indigenous peoples. The event brought together 200 representatives of indigenous communities from around the world who have shown how indigenous knowledge – ancestral but modern- is the base of sustainable ecosystem management. The results of the debate were compiled and agreed upon in the Jokkmokk agreement.