The Three Sisters

From the Creation Story, the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) were given the corn, beans, and squash, which are referred to as the Three Sisters and teach one that “all plant life is relatives and living beings.”1    Here is the Haudenosaunee Creation Story: “High above in the heavens, was a place called Karonhia:ke or The Sky World. In the…

Let’s Talk about Pemmican

Even if it’s not the usual item on a restaurant’s menu, pemmican played an important role in history of Canada. Pemmican is a ‘survival’ food that became known in the west through the fur traders (coureur des bois) in North America. It’s a high – energy food made out of meat, fat, and berries.1 Europeans learned…

A morsel of Bannock, anyone?

Can Bannock represent Canadian national food? Perhaps. It originally came from Europe, specifically Scotland (Gaelic bannach, means morsel)1,  and became adopted by most Indigenous nations of Canada.2 The reason why this style of bread was not common in this part of the world is  because indigenous ingredients for bread did not include wheat flour and bannock…