Alongside fellow community members, attendees will learn and share ideas and create next steps for a more inclusive, equitable, just region for all who live here and for all who are yet to come.

Registration is open!

Scholarships available- contact Dawn Espe at to learn more.

Summit Information


Monday, September 19th thru Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Who should attend?

All are welcome to attend!

Residents, newcomers, business owners, elected officials, educators, law enforcement, community leaders, economic developers, environmental advocates


Arrowwood Lodge

Baxter, MN 56425

Lodging Info

$96/per night 2 Queen Room-

ask for summit discount when reserving your room

Summit Schedule Overview

Sunday, September 18, 2022

6:00-9:00pm | Packet Pick up and Out-of-Towner Reception

Monday, September 19, 2022

8:00-9:00am | Packet Pick up and Breakfast

9:00-9:30am | Welcome and Grounding

9:30-10:30am | Keynote: Healing our Communities: An Indigenous Perspective (info)

10:50-11:40am | Breakout Session One (choose one)

  • Overcoming Political Divide, Braver Angels (info)

  • Advancing Local and State Policy for an Equitable Economy (info)

  • MN Department of Ag's Emerging Farmers Program (info)

  • Culturally Responsive Services (info)

  • Noticing our Response to Conflict, Nonviolent Peace Force (info)

12:00-12:30pm | Lunch

12:30-2:00pm | Cultivating Courageous Conversations with Breaking Ice (info)

2:20-3:10pm | Breakout Session Two (choose one)

  • Youth and the Justice System, Lakes Area Restorative Justice (info)

  • Equity in Energy, CERTS (info)

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), (info)

  • Impact of Latino Immigration to North Central Minnesota, LEDC (info)

  • Anishinabe World View (info)

3:30-4:30pm | Closing Reflections with Buddy King, Higher Works Collaborative (info)

4:30-6:30pm | Educator's Track

  • Building Inclusive Schools (info)

  • “No More, Next Time.” Effectively interrupting hate and bias in the moment (info)

5:00-8:00pm | Cultivating Community Celebration at Jack Pine (info)

Free to attend and open to the public

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

8:30-9:30am | Breakfast

9:30-10:30am | Plenary Intersectionality in Rural (info)

10:30-11:00am | Performance by Skarlett Woods (info)

11:20am-12:10pm | Breakout Session Three (choose one)

  • Environmental Equity through Song and Story (info)

  • Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US today (info)

  • Diversifying Workforce through Inclusive Employer Program (info)

  • Building a Culture of Connection- law enforcement and mental health (info)

12:15-2:00pm | Lunch and Small Group Activities (info)

2:10-3:00pm | Closing: How do we reimagine a North Central MN for Everyone? (info)

Throughout Summit

  • Hands on activities, including a Community Art Project with Maria Ervasti (info)

  • Quiet space for collection and reflection

  • Rural Mental Health providers if you need someone to talk to and process with (info)

Thank you to our Sponsors!