June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
To honour this day we wanted to share a past story about a youth who lived at Rights of Passage and cooked a special Community Dinner:
One of our young women who is Indigenous took the lead in planning, prepping and cooking the meal. The youth also said a few words in her first language to bless the food and thank the ancestors for the land that they had cooked and were eating on. She also explained the history of the 3 Sisters Dish which has beans, squash and corn in it. The youth also whipped up homemade strawberry ice cream for desert. One of our amazing Covenant House cooks contributed homemade bannock to the meal as well.
Everyone said the meal and whole evening was incredible. Congratulations and thank you to the young person for the delicious meal and for sharing their culture with us.