FoodShare Toronto, in conjunction with the Aboriginal Education Centre of the TDSB, has conducted a number of Community kitchens with the Native Community over the past year.
The purpose of these kitchens is to share our good, healthy food for all with members of the Aboriginal community in a culturally sensitive way that respects traditional foods and practices.
Working in schools that have a large Native population, FoodShare Education Facilitator, Leonard Abel, with funds from Miziwe Biik, an aboriginal employment and training organization, assists parents and children in making a healthy dinner that is then shared by the larger community.
The meal, which is often blessed by a community elder and begins with a smudge ceremony may include menu items like venison, bison, Ontario white fish and baked bannock. Students either help parents in preparing the meal or participate in after school activities that are geared to aboriginal education. Sitting down to a meal with 30 to 40 community members, all sharing a delicious, culturally appropriate dinner is a wonderful experience for parents and children.
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FoodShare is currently running a series of Aboriginal Youth kitchens that are geared to young people living on their own and wanting to learn how to cook healthy food that is affordable and delicious. The excitement that is generated by these young people learning to cook together is palpable and we hope to continue to work with this community to build a healthy, positive attitude towards cooking and the joys of eating together.