A video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.
Our 2021-2022 Local Food Cohort included 10 entrepreneurs from across the territories whose businesses range from catering, to ranching, to foraging, to food trucks, and everything in between.
Food is a cultural through-line that brings people, history and healing together. For centuries, Indigenous communities across the North have known how to obtain nutrient-rich foods to keep families healthy and thriving. All that's needed for human sustenance (and joy) can be found in our surrounding environments - if we know where to look and who to ask.
It is important to acknowledge that these entrepreneurs are supported by a generous ecosystem that consistently provides each and every season. The hunter, skilled in navigating the land, provides ethically sourced meat to the chef creating caribou stews and specialty donaires. The harvester, educated on plant life, retraces the steps of the ancestors by foot who knew what was used for making teas and medicinal salves. The baker, inspired by new and imported herbs and spices, showcases the ingenuity of Indigenous people that bridges the past with the future.
Feeding Our Spirits shares the voices and stories of the entrepreneurs from our Local Food Cohort. Through their participation in our flagship Entrepreneur Growth Program, they built new business skills and industry connections that elevated the impact of their products and services. Their purpose-driven stories are a source of inspiration for those pursuing entrepreneurship and bravely weaving together business and Indigenous ways of knowing and being.
Stay tuned for new videos every week as the series rolls out in November and December 2022.
The videos in Feeding Our Spirits were made by three Northern videographers, including Tate Juniper (Sahtu Dene); Brian Ladue of Northern Wild Productions (Kaska Nation); and Mark Aspland of Aksut Media.