Former Top Chef Canada contestant, Chef Rich Francis, hosts Indigenous culinary popups crafted to create a better understanding of pre-colonial Indigenous culture and the impact of colonization.
To say that colonialism has had a negative impact on indigenous populations around the globe is a monumental understatement. With many (if not all) First Nations communities searching for ways to heal the wounds, reclaim cultural identity and reconcile within, Chef Rich Francis is taking his nurturing and nourishing culinary skills to a table near you during the course of two nights.
Since 2010, Rich Francis has been working to raise the profile of modern indigenous cuisine. A member of the Tetlit Gwich’in & Tuscarora Nations; born to his Gwich’in father and Haudenosaunee mother, originally from Fort McPherson, N.W.T. and now living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Former Top Chef Canada Finalist, Rich currently operates his catering business and is looking forward to opening his restaurant, 7th Fire.
“Our traditional foods have the ability to nourish and cultivate awareness and compassion,” says Chef Francis, “that is the real heart and soul of Indigeniety.” The menu is designed to offer a window into pre-colonial culture by serving up OceanWise-certified seafood cooked in traditional methods, including the use of preserves and Aboriginal medicines.
What: Cooking for Reconciliation with Chef Rich Francis
When: Friday, March 3, 2017, 5pm – 7pm.
Where: Skwachays Lodge, 31 West Pender Street
Info: Seatings also available on Friday at 7:30pm and March 5 at 5 m. and 7:30pm. Get your tickets.