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ICAN launches a fundraising campaign designed by Indigenous chefs to provide meals for community members in need.

Indigenous Feast Boxes

In the spirit of giving this holiday season and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're raising funds to help support Indigenous brothers and sisters across Canada, with the help of Indigenous chefs their teams, and communities at large.

The culinary industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our Indigenous brothers and sisters rely on the industry to support their families. This fundraiser helps keep chefs and support staff working while preparing meal kits for Indigenous families in need.

Learn more at GoFundMe.com

Our Mission

To connect, influence and share community through genuine Indigenous food experiences.

Our Vision

A world where Indigenous food is not a dish served for one but a cultural feast and celebration of Nations.

Our Purpose

ICAN’s purpose is to share with the world the many facets of Indigenous food, culinary and cultural experiences across each region of the country. ICAN will do this by accurately connecting individual communities and regions while harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of Indigenous people to build more genuine Indigenous culinary experiences. Increased visibility and availability of these experiences will lead to a greater understanding and connection through tourism of Indigenous culture and the power of indigenous food.

ICAN will achieve this by collaborating with key industry partners via three pillars:

ICAN’s purpose is to share with the world the many facets of Indigenous food, culinary and cultural experiences across each region of the country.

Connect

  • Communications & outreach
  • Select industry conferences
  • Taste of the Nations events
  • Digital marketplace

Share

  • Indigenous community teaching generations of passed-down history
  • Entrepreneurial resource to move from idea to genuine Indigenous culinary experiences
  • Education resources for schools and influencers (programs, webinars, resources/materials & media continuing a foundation for our future)

Influence

  • Leadership Established through experience, referrals, & increased visibility
  • Chef appearances, competitions & training/mentoring
  • Effective Indigenous culinary story sharing via key opinion leaders and influencers including industry leaders and traditional and social media

ICAN Board Members

Joseph Shawana

Joseph Shawana

Board Chair

Christa Bruneau-Guenther

Christa Bruneau-Guenther

Vice Chair

Jenni Lessard

Jenni Lessard

Secretary

Marie-Cecile (Cezin) Nottaway

Marie-Cecile (Cezin) Nottaway

Director

Paul Natrall

Paul Natrall

Director

Sheila Flaherty

Sheila Flaherty

Director

Bill Alexander

Bill Alexander

Past Chair