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Meet the People of Eel Ground First Nation Who are Using Food to Reclaim Culture

October 24, 2018 |

There are about 650 people who live on the Eel Ground First Nation, along the Miramichi River, and it’s a safe bet that Freda Simon, 64, has served a meal to just about every one of them. The Mi’kmaq elder started making toast with Cheez Whiz for students at the Natoaganeg School 12 years ago as part of her efforts to teach them their native language. “They were tired, they didn’t want to do nothing. But once they get that energy in you after eating, they’re all good. “That simple act of making toast to help students learn, has become a community-wide movement focused on feeding everyone in Eel Ground wholesome, traditional food as a way to better health and healing.