Each Indigenous Nation has its own culture, customs, beliefs, traditions, cultural practices, symbols, and traditional foods. We’d like to join in on the celebration by sharing some delicious Canadian inspired Indigenous cuisine. Try some new flavours and explore a First Nations, Métis or Inuit inspired recipe.
Keep Exploring our Indigenous Inspired Recipes
Three Sisters Soup
“Three Sisters” refers to the main ingredients used by the Mohawk, Oneida, Onodaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora First Nations. This hearty, delicious meal is comprised primarily of – corn, beans, and squash – and the traditional methods used to cultivate these crops in a sustainable and productive way. This balanced soup is packed with healthy carbs, protein, and fibre, and is a culinary celebration of Indigenous cultures.
Maple Coffee Bison Chili
Bison is a rich source of protein, while being low in fat. Consuming less grass than cattle, bison is a reliable and abundant food source – providing not only nutrition for Indigenous people, but hides to make clothing and blankets, bones to create tools, jewelry, and fats used for cooking. All parts of the animal were used – and this chili recipe is a nod to sustainable cooking inspired by the First Nations and Métis communities.
Malt & Chocolate Maple Taffy
This delicious recipe is inspired by the Huron-Wendat’s (and other Indigenous communities) cultural use and understanding of maple trees, its sap, and the traditional methods of processing used to create one of Canada’s most loved and well-known condiment – maple syrup. This sweet and interactive snack is now a popular attraction at sugar shacks (or cabane à sucre) across the country during harvest season.
Wild Rice & Smoked Salmon Salad
For many Indigenous groups, salmon is a primary source of nourishment – and is a symbol of abundance, fertility, prosperity, and renewal. Smoking is a sustainable, and traditional method used to preserve the meat. This is a technique that is passed down from one generation to the next.
A classic, these doughnuts are a dining table staple in many Indigenous communities. Finished with cinnamon and sugar, or paired with a tart Indigenous-inspired Wojapi Sauce, these doughnuts are perfect for a snack or dessert. For reducing food waste –donut holes can be fried separately to create delicious bite-size pieces!
Chocolate Bannock Mixed Berry Shortcakes
This lightly sweetened and fresh fruit dessert is a healthier and lightened-up version of shortcake that tastes as good as it looks. Try this classic recipe with a hint of maple syrup and our added twist using Carnation Breakfast Essentials Powdered Chocolate. Dusted with a bit of icing sugar or garnished with a fresh mint leaf, these 6 beautiful and delicious shortcakes will be great for sharing with your loved ones.