Stories – Food and Food Security  

The stories in this category are about harvesting, preparing and consuming traditional foods such as wild rice, blueberries, acorn, maple syrup, maple sugar, fish, wild meat, using traditional methods and also newer technologies and tools. Food preparation in these stories is done in fun, experiential, often family or community-based ways that allow for the transmission of knowledge between generations, the strengthening of community pride, human health, and ultimately survival. Those interviewed share stories of food practices and draw attention to issues of food security through contrasts between bush food which is harvested and hunted, and town food, which contains additives and costs money. Several of these programs address the need to understand the land, develop technical skills, and also to be able to adapt based on changes like governmental policies, weather, and other factors that impact an ability to survive through traditional Indigenous food practices.