NAN symposium focuses on traditional foods, food preparation – CBC

70 delegates from NAN communities attending three-day event

Aug 23, 2017

Traditional foods and food preparation are on the table this week, as about 70 delegates from Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communities gather for NAN’s ninth-annual food symposium.

The group spent the symposium’s first day — Tuesday, Aug. 22 — touring community gardens in Thunder Bay and Fort William First Nation. They then headed to Quetico’s learning centre, where they’ll spend the remainder of the symposium taking part in education sessions and workshops dealing with topics like traditional foods and diabetes, smoking cessation, growing sprouts and microgreens and fermenting food.

“It’s just showing people what could be done around gardening,” said Wendy Trylinski, NAN’s director of public health education. “Trying to network and support each other, and trying to move the NAN food self-determination forward.”

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