Highlights across Turtle Island
Highlighting and shouting out Indigenous run food projects and businesses across Turtle Island.
Acorn Energy Bites
Pomo and Miwok youth in Northern California are reclaiming traditional ways of harvesting and gathering acorns from nearby ancient oak groves. Acorn Energy Bites has been a project of the Tribal Youth Ambassadors in Santa Rosa California for almost four years. The project is a part of a bigger resource to teach Pomo and Miwok youth about ancestral traditions and cultural heritage. The youth – who range from grade school to college – harvest, process and then sell Acorn Energy Bites at a local farmers market. The Acorn Bites project began as a way to restore access to wild and traditional foods that the US government commonly restricts or prohibits.
Chef Paul Natrall, from Squamish Nation, has opened Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck. Mr Bannock Indigenous Cuisine serves up award winning tacos, salads, and vegan dishes that use a range of fresh ingredients and are prepared with some traditional methods such as drying, clay and stone ovens. Owner Paul, is a long time chef who began his career in 2009. Paul works closely with Indigenous communities in the Lower Mainland; providing jobs, teaching, and volunteering at schools. Mr Bannock food truck began in 2018 and has been catering for offices and events around the city. If you’re ever in the Vancouver area go grab a taco or you can support him by purchasing gear on the website:
Qajuqturvik Food Centre
The Qajuqturvik Food Centre (OFC) is redefining every common perception of a conventional soup kitchen. OFC, which is located in Iqaluit, offers a variety of accessible programs geared to combat food insecurity and empower local residents. The centre hosts a cooking club, a culinary skills training program and a community meal is served seven days a week. In addition to this, Qajuqturvik Food Centre provides a variety of other services such as free tax clinics, finance workshops, group socials and more. The centre has a dedicated team from full time staff to volunteers who are making all this possible. You can donate to OFC by going to: https://www.qajuqturvik.ca/
Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen
Norma Condo opened Montreal’s first Indigenous Restaurant in the summer of 2019. Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen is Montreal’s first and only Indigenous owned restaurant. Norma initially started as a catering company but soon expanded due to popular demand. The menu at Miqmak Indigenous Kitchen has a variety of traditional recipes such as a three sisters casserole, wild rice and of course, bannock. If you’re ever in MTL go show her some love.