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Communal Table at the Indigenous Arts Festival: Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food
June 20 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm$12
Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food: June 20, 6:15-9:00pm
A weekly dining experience featuring local chefs and food offerings
The Communal Table happens every Thursday, June 13-August 22
PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO THE FORT YORK BLUE BARRACKS (see number 8 on the map on this webpage).
Beginning June 13, The Bentway offers weekly communal dining opportunities for neighbours and community members. Featuring chefs, food offerings and conversation-starters as curated by Toronto restaurant and innovative “culinary talent showcase” The Depanneur. The weekly dinners will explore Toronto’s diverse culinary traditions.
As part of the Indigenous Arts Festival, on June 20 join us for Roots to Table, Indigenous Relationships with Food. The Bentway and the Fort York have partnered with Carolynne Crawley, to organize an event to gather together for meaningful conversation with one another through the learning of traditional Indigenous foods and its relationship with people today. The event includes guest speakers, vendors, and music throughout the evening. A delicious feast will be catered by Pow Wow Cafe.
6:15 – 6:45pm: Linda Airut, throat singer (entertainment)
6:45 – 7:00pm: Introduction by Carolynne Crawley (Indigenous Food Community Programmer, IAF 2019)
7:00 – 8:00pm: Buffet style dinner from Pow-Wow Café
8:00 – 8:15 pm: Words from Crystal Sinclair, founder of Idle No More
8:15 – 8:30pm: Words from Allan Colley, Aboriginal Eco Tours
8:30 – 9:00pm: Shopping at Indigenous market booths
- Mixed Green Salad with Veggie Ribbons, Flowers, and Sprouts with a Blueberry Vinaigrette
- Venison Stew with Spring Peas & Asparagus
- Three Sisters Stew with Chives & Fiddleheads
- Wild Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms & Sage
- Fry Bread with Maple Butter
- Blueberry Cornbread with Raspberry Icing
- Home-made Cedar or Sweetgrass Soda
Pre-registration is requested
Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donations to local shelters
About Shawn Adler
Shawn Adler is a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. He grew up in small town Ontario with a Jewish father and an Anishinaabe mother. Shawn attended the Stratford Chefs School and graduated with honours in 2000. Following chefs school, Shawn attended Trent University where he graduated with a degree in what was then called Native Studies (Indigenous Studies). Since graduating from university Shawn has owned numerous restaurants and currently runs Pow Wow Cafe in Kensington Market, which specializes in Pow Wow-style and Indigenous-inspired cuisine. In addition, Shawn owns a small restaurant in Eugenia (2 hours north of Toronto) called the Flying Chestnut Kitchen which is a bistro style restaurant featuring a constantly changing menu.
Linda Airut, Throatsinger: I was born in Iqaluit, NWT at the time and raised in Nunavut (Igloolik) north of Baffin Island. I came to this city at the age of 19 for school in arts/media and received my diploma! I stayed in Toronto after graduating to teach inuktitut, the history of inuit communities and also to share my culture! I can read, speak, and write inuktitut and understand it fluently. I was taught the traditional ways of sewing, hunting, drum dancing, throat singing, ajaa jaa and how to survive in the Arctic circle.
Carolynne Crawley: Carolynne Crawley is a Mi’kmaw woman with mixed ancestry from the East Coast. She is dedicated to social and environmental justice and supporting Indigenous led community work related to food sovereignty and food security. Carolynne has worked with one of Canada’s largest food security organizations for the past decade. She was the Indigenous Food Access Manager. During her time as the IFA Manager, she worked with James Bay remote communities to increase access to affordable and healthy foods, developed a cross cultural youth program focusing upon the Indigenous way of being in relationship with land, and organized a province wide Indigenous Food Sovereignty Gathering that included ceremonies and networking opportunities.
Crystal Sinclair: Crystal Sinclair is a Nehiyaw (Cree) Woman from Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. Crystal received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University in 1999. Crystal is employed as a Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator who works with marginalized clients within the Gladue and Mental health courts at Old City Hall in Toronto.
Crystal is an Indigenous Rights Activist and is the Founder of Idle No More Toronto. Crystal also has deep roots in the Toronto Indigenous Activist and Indigenous Artist community. Crystal represents the OPSEU Indigenous Circle and has recently joined the OPSEU Indigenous Mobilizing Team. As part of her role with the Indigenous Mobilizing Team, Crystal worked with FoodShare Toronto to visit three Northern Reserves that are looking into setting up Northern Food Markets within their communities. Crystal is very involved with clean water campaigns and knows the impact of privatization firsthand. Crystal is a recipient of OPSEU 2016 Human Rights and Equity Award.
Alan Colley (Aboriginal Eco Tours): Alan Colley is of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry who was born and raised in Tkaronto. As the founder and owner of Toronto Aboriginal Eco Tours, Alan is passionate about teaching people about the land. TAET has been operating along the Humber for the past seven years. Participants learn about the history of the Humber along with some teachings about the relationships of the land. Alan also has more than 25 years fishing experience and has led fishing tours along various rivers and lakes across Tkaronto. Alan has experience living on the land. He has also learned teachings from Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers from coast to coast. He is also a Sundancer and an active member in Tkaronto’s Indigenous community.