History of the conference
We are currently planning the 8th Annual Traditional Foods Conference in partnership with the Kwakiutl First Nation. Year 1&2 were hosted by the Snuneymuxw First Nation and Vancouver Island University. Year 3 was hosted by Tsawout First Nation and the University of Victoria. The 4th year by both Cape Mudge, Campbell River First Nations and the Kwagiutl District Council Health, year 5 in Nuu-chah-nulth Territory and the Tseshaht First Nation and NTC, year 6 by Cowichan Tribes, and last year by the tukʷaaʔatḥ First Nation in Ucluelet.
The beginnings of the conference arose from research around traditional seafood contaminants done by Dr. Peter Ross (eco-toxicologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Tom Child (graduate UVIc student and Kwakiutl First Nation member).
The conference has always focused on 4 pillars –nutrition, healing, safety and community. We are very excited to provide a space to promote and encourage traditional foods and food practices. Many community events have been sparked by past conferences and we have had positive feedback year after year. What makes this conference different is the community involvement and the second day being held directly within a community.