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Join the Violence Prevention Center for our annual Brown Bag Lunch!


The Brown Bag Lunch highlights women's stories and voices during Women's History Month. This year the VPC is proud to host local author and community member Staci Drouillard. Join us on March 23rd from 12-1pm in the Blue Building on the North House Folk School Campus for Staci's talk, "She was the Cook: Food and Sustenance in Seven Aunts."


Coffee and dessert will be provided, and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch. We hope to see you there!

Staci Lola Drouillard is a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe. She lives and works in her hometown of Kitchibitobig—Grand Marais, on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Her first book, Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe (UMP, 2019) won the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her second book Seven Aunts was released in 2022 (UMP) and was nominated for a 2023 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative nonfiction. Staci works as a radio producer for WTIP Community Radio and writes the monthly column Nibi Chronicles for Great Lakes Now, a branch of Detroit Public Media.

The Violence Prevention Center hosted a local chapter of HERstory with Breth Drost, former Chair of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who currently serves her community through various roles.  Beth, who grew up in Grand Portage and Cook County, has stories to share with us about her life, what she has done and what she is doing as a member of both communities.


If you want to know more about how women have shaped and improved Grand Portage and Cook County over the years, please  watch the recording.

Watch the recording here!

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