Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Toronto this weekend

Jun 18 2020, 10:33 am

National Indigenous Peoples Day is around the corner, taking place on Sunday, June 21.

And while this year, due to ongoing restrictions, folks are invited to honour the day at home instead of in crowds, there are still plenty of ways you can support the community while doing so. One of these options is by leaning into the local Indigenous food scene.

Here are three ways you can honour National Indigenous Peoples Day through local food this year:

Order from Tea N Bannock


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The options on this spot’s menu are mouthwatering. From Elk Stew and Bison Burgers to Fry-Bread and Navajo Tacos, the savoury meal selection is bursting with flavour and begging to be ordered for takeout or delivery, today and every day. Be sure to add dessert to your order too — your choices include Bannock Pudding with whipped cream or ice cream and maple syrup, “Bear Paws,” which are sweet, cinnamon-dusted pieces of fry-bread, or Wild Blueberry Crumble.

Address: 1294 Gerrard Street East
Phone: 416-220-2915
Ordering method: Call ahead or order through Door Dash


Contribute to the NishDish Contingency Plan

NishDish, which relies heavily on events, was hit hard by the pandemic. The gathering-place is in transition and is seeking community support, so that their team can continue working towards the vision of Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

The business, built on traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food, has operated in Toronto for the last 15 years and has grown to offer catering, and operate a storefront marketeria. To help support the First Nations-owned food emporium as they work to move past the pandemic, check out their crowdfunding campaign here.

Make a PowWow Cafe recipe at home


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While the snug, Ojibway-style eatery has been temporary closed up in response to the pandemic, the folks behind the space have been blessing Instagram followers with recipes that can be made at home.

Check out their Instagram to learn how to DIY some duck egg pancakes with seeds, ricotta, and drunken cherries, or learn the recipe for a mushroom, potato, and cauliflower soup. Whether you prefer sweet or savoury, one of these how-tos is sure to pique your fancy.

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