Teresa Ward: Creating cultural awareness and investing in legacy with gourmet bannock bags and catering
Grandma Treesaw (otherwise known as Teresa Ward) has long been making Teslin Tlingit-style bannock for her friends and family in the Yukon. In the early days, everyone who tried Grandma Treesaw’s bannock recipe—which makes bannock that is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside—was instantly hooked and asked her to teach them to make their own at home, so Teresa started hosting workshops to share her knowledge and culture with other Yukoners.
As more and more people developed a taste for Grandma Treesaw’s bannock, the demand for the recipe grew. In 2014, Teresa started selling bags of premixed ingredients to allow even more people to make their own delicious bannock at home. Now with the ready-mixed bags, anyone can have a true taste of the Yukon, regardless of their address!
For Teresa, a citizen of Kwanlin Dün First Nation, sharing her love of and recipe for bannock is a way to honour and celebrate her First Nations culture, family, and traditions. In addition to being a master bannock baker and successful entrepreneur, Teresa is a community liaison at the Yukon University campus in Teslin and a proud grandmother of eight with another one arriving end of October 2021.
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This is part of the Feeding Our Spirits video series that shares the stories of Northern culinary entrepreneurs who are nourishing their communities with traditional ingredients, innovative techniques, and deep care.