When the CBC Indigenous team gets together, our conversations more often than not revolve around food.
Those conversations help us connect with each other and understand that, despite being a team spanning the entire country from coast to coast, we have more in common than we realize.
We all have recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. They are unique to families, communities and people.
But food can also be a connector: it offers the excitement of learning something new, of being introduced to and experiencing a tradition for the first time, and of sharing and receiving a gift.
So the CBC Indigenous team said, why not share those stories? We left and visited four First Nations, each with its own delightful story to tell.
We also recognized that there is one thing that is universal. Whether it’s your mom, your dad, a friend, or even someone new to the table, what brings us all together is the dinner conversation.
We chose “Time to Eat” as the name of this project because it’s a call we all heard in our homes growing up. It is a well-known expression that indicates family and friends to come together to share not only food, but also tradition, history and joy.