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Submitted by: Ashley Laplante, Social Service Worker student at Algonquin College
MNO Honourary Senator Reta Gordon (right) with Elena
Abel (left), Aboriginal Program Coordinator at Algonquin
College, at the Algonquin College M¨¦tis feast. Click here to
view a larger version of the picture.
On November 3, 2016, M¨¦tis students at Algonquin College attended the annual M¨¦tis Feast hosted by the college¡¯s Mamidosewin Centre. The centre, which aims to support and empower Indigenous students through a variety of cultural programs and services, hosts a different feast on the first Thursday of every month. There is always a great turnout with around 50-60 students.
With the sounds of fiddle music playing in the background, students were welcomed by the scent of a home-cooked meal prepared by Elena Abel, Algonquin College Aboriginal Program Coordinator. The feast consisted of stew, beans, and baked bannock.
As a special treat, M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Honourary Senator Reta Gordon brought in a pot of her homemade hamburger soup¨Dalso known as poor man¡¯s soup. The recipe can be found in the MNO M¨¦tis Cookbook and Guide to Healthy Living: 2nd Edition and was submitted by the late Earl Scofield who was a MNO veteran and former MNO Senator.
The M¨¦tis Feast will be featured on an upcoming CBC Radio segment called D is for Dinner¨Da featurette on the daily drive-home show All in a Day. Host Alan Neal interviewed staff and students about the connection to food as culture.
¡°We try to be a home-away-from-home for our students,¡± says Abel, who has worked at Mamidosewin Centre since 2010. ¡°By providing a hot, home-cooked meal, students can connect with each other and our services, and in this way we address some of the homesickness students might feel.¡±
There are over 1,000 Aboriginal students who study at Algonquin College. For more information about the Mamidosewin Centre at Algonquin College, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/mamidosewin/.
Published on: December 5, 2016See ALL news articles