MANITOULIN – Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations (ICAN) has partnered with the Culinary Tourism Alliance (CTA) to bring awareness to the wealth of Indigenous culinary tourism experiences available in Canada to a global audience, including on Manitoulin Island.
“We believe this partnership will help to shine a light on the Indigenous foodways woven throughout our country. There is so much depth and beauty to Indigenous food in Canada,” says Rebecca Mackenzie, president and CEO of the Culinary Tourism Alliance.
As part of the evolving partnership, ICAN will be hosting two Indigenous culinary sessions during the 2020 Virtual Terroir Symposium—Canada’s leading forum on food, tourism and hospitality managed by the CTA. The first session will explore Indigenous culinary traditions with Wiikwemkoong’s Joseph Shawana, chef and chair of ICAN. The second will feature Chef Jenni Lessard in conversation with Dr. Ernest G. Walker, both of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. They will discuss the impact of their Han Wi Moon Dinner series and share their successes with bringing back bison to the land.
To further bring awareness to Canadian Indigenous culinary experiences, the partners have curated an Ontario Indigenous experience to be donated to the World’s 50 Best Recovery Auction featuring an overnight experience with Chef Joseph Shawana on Manitoulin Island. The experience includes four nights of Island foraging, meeting with locals, meals, sleeping in log cabins and teepees, a stay at Feast On-certified Langdon Hall in Cambridge and dinner at Alo Restaurant in Toronto.
“We are so proud to present our Indigenous food story to a global gastronomy audience for a deep connection to our land and the ancient ways of our People,” says Chef Shawana. “We are particularly pleased to support the World’s 50 Best auction to raise funds for independently owned restaurants to apply for much needed financial support that will help our community get back to doing what we love most.”
The partnership has also been highlighted through the CTA’s Affiliate Membership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
ICAN and the CTA look forward to sharing more Indigenous food stories in the near future to further celebrate the unique wealth of experiences Canada has to offer.
Chef Joseph Shawana is the former executive chef at Ku-Kum Kitchen and Indigenous culinary advisor to Centennial College. Chef Joseph won best world cuisine in Ontario for 2019 beating out over 33,000 restaurants. He was named among the top 10 chefs in Ontario and has been widely reviewed.