8th Annual Traditional Foods Conference, 2015

See draft agenda for the 2 days here TFC Registation Notice with Draft Agenda

Logistics, Questions and Queries 
October 2nd & 3rd, 2015

Conference Coordinator Contact Information

Conference Coordinator Norine Messer can be reached at (250) 735-4111 or norinemesser@hotmail.com


The Kwakiutl First Nation will host the 8th Annual Traditional Foods Conference. On October 2nd and 3rd the Kwakiutl will welcome you to T̓sax̱is – Fort Rupert and, Dła̱ksiwe’ – Cluxewe Campground/Resort.  T̓sax̱is & Dła̱ksiwe’ are two of the principle villages of the Kwakiutl Nation since time immemorial. Both are rich in cultural history and food resources of the old people including sacred sites, clam beaches, root gardens, stone fish-traps, petroglyphs, Culturally Modified Trees, plant and medicine gathering sites, and berry patches that all provide an excellent backdrop to the Conference theme.

Please go to the Cluxewe Campground/Resort website link below for directions to the campsite and a Google map that includes both the campground and Tsaxis (Fort Rupert).



As in previous years we are working hard to keep the VI Traditional Foods Conference as affordable as possible. The Conference registration will remain at no cost as we do not want registration fees to be a barrier to anyone. We are asking that those people who are attending the Conference representing organizations or individuals that can afford it, pay a registration fee. There will be numerous options for registration amounts and donations to support travel subsidies. Our suggested registration amounts are as follows:

Community members and individuals with limited income – $0

Non-profit organizations with limited income – $0

Regular fee for individuals who can afford it – $200

Regular fee for Organizations that can afford it – $300

Discounted rate for Individuals – $100

Discounted Rate for Organizations – $150

Donations to support travel subsidies – $50, $100, $200

Please go to the following link to register for the conference. We are asking everyone to register even if you are not paying a registration fee, so that we can plan for meals and workshops. If you would rather pay by Cheque please send registration fees to: VICCIFN, 3045 1st Ave, Port Alberni, BC V0R-2Z0.

Link to registration

Register on Eventbrite →


The conference delegates and participants can book accommodation at the Cluxewe Campground/ Resort that is owned and operated by the Kwakiutl Frist Nation. The resort is offering a generous discounted rate to the Traditional Foods Conference participants. There are various options for accommodations that include cabins, RV sites and tent sites to accommodate different budgets and preferences. At this point we have the whole Resort blocked off.

Please find the Cluxewe Campground/Resort website at: http://www.cluxeweresort.com. When booking, mention that you will be attending the Vancouver Island Traditional Foods Conference.

Call For Proposals

We are still looking for presenters for the Conference this year. If you would like to do a presentation, lead a workshop, demonstrate hands-on food activities or set up a poster presentation at the Conference please contact Norine with a bio and an outline at norinemesser@hotmail.com .  The deadline for workshop proposals is August 21st, 2015. We are also open to hearing any suggestions or opportunities from all of you.  A full agenda will be sent out, as we get closer to the date.

Information Booths and Market Tables

Please contact Norine if your would like to have an information booth or a market table on day two to share information and sell/ trade traditional medicines, foods, crafts, tools…

Trade and Sharing

Bring your traditional foods and medicines for sharing and trade. On October 3rd there will be an opportunity to share and trade items you have harvested and preserved. There will also be an indigenous and heirloom seed exchange that day.

Traditional Food Demonstrations

If you are willing to share any traditional food activities, skills or tools at the conference please contact Norine.