Celebration book cover: Feasting for change

Celebation Book

This book “Feasting For Change” celebrates some of the Indigenous Foods of Vancouver Island. It was created through the teachings and leanings from our 40 events and as inspired by the diversity and wisdom of the knowledge keepers in all the communities. We know we have only begun to understand the different uses and all the teachings around these foods; this first edition is a living document and will be added to over time.

Our hope is that you are inspired to join us in celebrating the food, land and culture of Vancouver Island.

This book shares stories, teachings and tips on eating food through the seasons. Follow Feasting For Change through Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall and learn more about Salmon, Plants, Teas, Clams, Mussels, Gooseneck Barnacles, BBQ fish, bread and more!

If you would like to order a copy of the book, please contact Fiona.devereaux@viha.ca for the time being. 250-370-8258.

Cheques can be made out to VICCIFN! Books cost $35. If you need them mailed to you there is an additional $3.80.

Any Profits from the book go to reprinting more books and supporting VICCIFN gatherings in communities.

Example - Pacific Northwest Coastal Plant Knowledge Cards

Pacific Northwest Plant Knowledge Cards – Place your order now.

Pacific Northwest Coastal Plant Knowledge Cards highlight 65 edible and medicinal plants from the Pacific Northwest coastal region. The cards include beautiful photographs and descriptions to help identify plants, names of the plants in three different Indigenous languages, including SENCOTEN, Hul’q’umi’num, and Dididaht. The cards were inspired by Feasting for Change: Reconnecting Food, Land & Culture where Elders and Knowledge Keepers led plant walks and discussions about edible and medicinal plants

Each card describes traditional uses and ways of harvesting each plant, featuring seasonal indicators and a legend to help quickly identify uses of each plant.

Bring Pacific Northwest Coastal Plant Knowledge Cards out on walks to help identify plants, their uses, and keep the old ways strong. Please use these cards as an inspiration to talk to an Elder or Knowledge Keeper.

Each deck is $35 and profits from sales of the cards benefit VICCIFN. Shipping is extra. We are accepting cheques, e-transfers, and paypal. Please contact Jen McMullen to order the cards.

Place your order now!Example - Pacific Northwest Coastal Plant Knowledge Cards

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Feasting for Change Plant Knowledge Cards

Creation of a set of 66 different native plants local to the South Island area.  The Feasting for Change Plant Knowledge Cards were inspired by our many plant walks and discussions about edible and medicinal plants.

Bring them out on walks to help identify plants, their uses and keep the old ways strong. Much of the plants and knowledge within these cards is focused on the Coast Salish Territory, but is generally applicable to wherever these plants are found. As such, many of these plants have more uses and more stories attached to them. Please use these cards  as an inspiration to talk to an Elder or Knowledge Keeper. An additional note, not all of these plants are from pre-Contact eras. The plants are ones that are used currently by many people. Contact Jen McMullen for more information.

Celebration book cover: Feasting for change

Feasting for Change Celebration – Place your Order

This book “Feasting For Change” celebrates some of the Indigenous Foods of Vancouver Island. It was created through the teachings and leanings from our 40 events and as inspired by the diversity and wisdom of the knowledge keepers in all the communities. We know we have only begun to understand the different uses and all the teachings around these foods; this first edition is a living document and will be added to over time.

Our hope is that you are inspired to join us in celebrating the food, land and culture of Vancouver Island.

This book shares stories, teachings and tips on eating food through the seasons. Follow Feasting For Change through Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall and learn more about Salmon, Plants, Teas, Clams, Mussels, Gooseneck Barnacles, BBQ fish, bread and more!

If you would like to order a copy of the book, please contact Fiona.devereaux@viha.ca for the time being. 250-370-8258.

Cheques can be made out to VICCIFN! Books cost $35. If you need them mailed to you there is an additional $3.80.book

Any Profits from the book go to reprinting more books and supporting VICCIFN gatherings in communities.

The group of digital learners

Digital Harvest Videos from Feb 2013

Prevention and Preservation: Digital Harvest Stories

The Prevention and Preservation project, funded by the Vancouver Foundation is a collaboration between the OCPHR, the Vancouver Island Coastal Communities Indigenous Foods Network (VICCIFN), VIHA and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Over the next two years, the project will work to bring together First Nations youth and elders from across Vancouver Island to learn about traditional foods and life-ways and to gain skills in the creation of digital stories. Participants will then return to their communities to create their own digital stories, showcasing experiences and strengths in their communities related to healthy living and traditional life-ways.

http://sites.viu.ca/ocphr/projects/prevention-and-preservation-digital-harvest-stories

photovoice

PHOTOVOICE CONTEST

Share YOUR story about what food sovereignty/security/safety means to you! Email a picture + short story (max 100 words) to share with Vancouver Island food communities and be eligible for a chance to win a new camera or some traditional medicines.

  • Contest closes January 31, 2013
  • Entries can be submitted to viccifn
  • Entries will be posted on the VICCIFN website and facebook
  • Winners will be chosen by our esteemed judges, Letitia Rampanen and Norine Messer!
  • VICCIFN will respectfully use your stories and images to highlight the wonderful world of food on Vancouver Island!

Facebook Event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/301949339922689/

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Launch Call for Youth Participation in Digital Harvest 2012

Youth Preserving Traditional Knowledge through Digital Story-Telling

You are invited to apply to come to the Digital Story Workshop

Come share and learn with youth, Elders and knowledge keepers across the 3 main family groups on Vancouver Island.

The workshop will be held in Tofino, B.C at the Echo Lodge and Botanical Gardens

November 16 12:00pm- November 18th   1:00pm

All expenses will be covered, parental consent required.

Selected applicants will be invited to a 3-day land, culture and food workshop in TOFINO

DAY 1 the workshop will focus on how food was harvested in the old way and how colonization has impacted food systems and life ways.

DAY 2 will look at ways to work towards food and lifestyle changes today while considering traditional values and history, and an introduction to digital stories.

Day 3 will focus on skills in digital media and digital story collection and creation. Participants will be supported to begin creating their own digital story.

AFTER THE WORKSHOP in Tofino Youth & Elders will be given a digital camera and asked to take their knowledge and ideas back to their home

communities and will have a few weeks to gather pictures, stories, & participate in community activities. We will all come back together to assemble our stories.

For more information Contact

Robert Dennis

or Letitia

Request from Conference Coordinator

To: All Vancouver Island First Nations

 The 5th Annual Conference on Traditional Foods of Vancouver Island First Nations is fast approaching, what an exciting time. As previously stated the theme of this year’s conference is hayuuk#ap >aayaahaskim”, this is in the Tseshaht (a Nuu chah nulth Nation) dialect and translates to “Feeding the Next Generations”.

 Careful thought has been given to what this means for us in this modern world and in our responsibility to ensure that our next generations have what they need to sustain themselves in every way and at all times. This year’s conference is in Port Alberni at the Maht Mahs gym. For more information on the conference please check the website at https://www.indigenousfoodsvi.ca

 Elder’s Advisory Group

 Our Elders Advisory Group has been very active and has provided great information on the use of our natural resources and their many benefits to a healthy mind, body and spirit. They have strong feelings around our foods being safe from contaminants, on our responsibility to ensure abundance and access for future generations and to allow us to provide for ourselves in the usual and accustomed manner as First Nations peoples.

 They have provided strong direction on how to proceed with the Conference in traditionally appropriate ways. Everyone has been very busy preparing for an enlightening, successful, and fun filled event.

A common topic has been the need for access to safe, healthy food for ourselves and our coming generations. Serious discussion has taken place around modern impacts such as:  regulations and current practices that restrict or limit availability of traditional foods and First Nations access to these resources. We’ve also discussed threats to food safety, continuation and abundance of the many species of our traditional foods and medicines on the lands, beaches and in the water. 

 It’s our intent to provide as much traditional and healthy foods at this time, and to model for the next generation the respect for and the continued practice of harvesting and consuming what the Creator has put here for us, as many of our young people have not seen or tasted some of our traditional foods.

There are memories of trade and barter of foods between different areas and different Nations, as not all foods were found in all areas.

 Traditional Food Contributions

We are in serious need of traditional food contributions and ask each First Nation for contributions of any species of fish, game, or any kind of seafood, fruit or berries.

 We also ask each First Nations to bring this request for traditional food contribution to all hunters, fishermen, and gatherers in your areas as every contribution is important.

For food contributions please contact Anne.

 Your help is much needed and will be deeply appreciated.

 Vending

 Vending is available for traditional food and traditional medicines only. Tables are available, at no cost except for a contribution from their table toward the Conference. To secure a table please contact Fiona Devereaux.

 Volunteers

 We also have a big need for volunteers. Volunteers will be asked to help at the door, look after Elders, serve food, carry messages or any other task as needed. If you’re available to volunteer or have people in your communities who are available to volunteer please contact Norine at or Michelle Colyn.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration, we look forward to seeing you there.

  With respect,

 C. Anne Robinson

 Traditional Foods Conference Coordinator

7000 Pacific Rim Hwy

Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8Y3