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Indigenous cuisine

3 ways to experience Indigenous cuisine in Ontario

By Destination Ontario/

Great Taste of Canada

Traditional Indigenous cuisine reflects the relationship between First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and their lands, waters, flora and fauna.

Staples in traditional Indigenous cuisine include native and seasonal species present in the traditional territory, such as game meat like bison or elk, freshwater fish including salmon and trout, root vegetables, wild rice, maple, local berries and various teas.

Bannock has been associated with contemporary Indigenous cuisine. Bannock is a versatile unleavened bread that is baked and often served alongside a stew or soup or as a dessert with blueberries or maple syrup.

Flour-based bannock was introduced and adapted into Indigenous cuisine as a result of European colonization, however many Indigenous communities made a similar dish from ground camas bulbs and other wild plants pre-contact.

Explore traditional and modern Indigenous cuisine at an Indigenous-owned restaurant, on a guided food tour or from a local food producer.

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Dine at an Indigenous restaurant

  • The Restaurant at Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre

    340 Ross Road, Stratton

    Kay Nah Chi Wah Nung, meaning The Place of the Long Rapids, is a sacred Ojibwe burial site in Northwest Ontario that holds over 8,000 years of history. In addition to the "Manitou Mounds," the land was once home to thriving Indigenous villages and campsites.

    The Rainy River First Nations have developed an interpretive centre where visitors can book a guided tour of the ancient mounds and the outdoor trails under the supervision of a trained heritage interpreter. After your tour, dine at their restaurant, which serves a variety of traditional wild rice dishes, bannock served with butter and jam, battered walleye and a selection of desserts, and overlooks the Manidoo Ziibi or Spirit River.

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  • Naagan, A Foraged Feast

    88 8th Street East, Owen Sound

    Head to the Owen Sound Farmers’ Market on Saturday and Sunday for a nine-course tasting experience and an organic, locally sourced Ojibwa-inspired menu brought to you by Chef Zach Keeshig. Private catering events can also be arranged.

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  • North46 Restaurant at Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre

    66 Meredith Street East, Lobby Level, Little Current

    This gorgeous First Nations-owned and -designed hotel is located on the north channel of Lake Huron on Manitoulin Island and incorporates natural decor elements of wood and stone. It features a variety of rooms and suites, a ballroom and a pool.

    North46, the upscale on-site restaurant, focuses on authentic Indigenous fare while treating guests to a stunning view of Georgian Bay North Channel and the nearby La Cloche Mountains. Recently awarded Company of the Year by Northern Ontario Business Awards, approximately 80% of the hotel staff identify as First Nations.

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  • Chummy’s Grill

    262 Frontenac Street, Sault Ste. Marie

    Enjoy Indigenous fusion food or the popular Thursday and Friday night fish fry at this Sault Ste. Marie diner in the Batchewana Bay First Nations community.

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  • Yawékon by Chef Tawnya Brant

    1721 Chiefswood Road, Iroquois Village Plaza, Ohsweken

    A cozy Six Nations eatery serving a fresh, daily Indigenous and Haudenosaunee fusion menu of one vegetarian and two meat options, along with soups, salads and house-made juices. Many of the ingredients are harvested from the family garden or sourced locally.

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  • Tea N Bannock

    1294 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

    Diners gush over this comfy and inviting east-end eatery that feels like you’re in a friend’s kitchen. Though not Indigenous-owned, the seasonal menu features ingredients sourced from sustainability-conscious local producers and incorporates contemporary and traditional dishes like bison burgers, elk stew, grilled trout and tea.

    The prints and artwork adorning the walls plus to-go snacks are available for purchase.

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Take a guided Indigenous food tour

  • Anishinaabe Wild Rice Experience

    70 km southwest of Thunder Bay, Whitefish Lake, Nolalu

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Support Indigenous-owned food businesses

  • Sayers Fishery

    446 Corbeil Point Road, Obadjiwan Reserve, Batchawana Bay

    This family-owned business operates out of Batchawana Bay at Corbeil Point on the Obadjiwan Reserve, and fishes Lake Superior and Lake Huron for lake trout, pickerel and whitefish. Pick up freshly caught fish or tasty smoked fish, including the popular smoked fish pâté.

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  • Tea Horse

    Thunder Bay

    "Tea as it should be, authentic ingredients and infused with passion." This Indigenous-owned, industry-first, artisanal tea company is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg Peoples in Northwest Ontario and produces a premium selection of custom, roasted wild rice and tea blends, available online.

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  • Birch Bark Coffee Co.


    Here’s a java that tastes and feels good. Producing organic, fair-trade and SPP (Simbolo de Pequeños Productores, which represents small producers worldwide) certified coffee, this cause-driven company diverts proceeds from sales to bring Certified Water Purification Systems to Indigenous Communities.

    Find out where you can pick up Birch Bark Coffee. Founder Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation located on Birch Island.

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  • Ziibaakdakaan Maple at Cape Croker Park

    112 Park Road, Neyaashiinigmiing, Georgian Bay

    In addition to a wide variety of guided cultural and outdoor programming, this Bruce County park features an operating sugarbush producing 100% pure Ontario wood-fired maple syrup.

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  • Giizhigat Maple Products

    St. Joseph Island

    Home to some of Northern Ontario’s sweetest maple syrup, maple candies and maple butter, this operation is owned and operated by an Ojibway couple, Deborah and Isaac Day.

    Originally from the Six Nations of the Grand River, where their families had been making maple syrup for generations, Deborah and Isaac moved to a farm on St. Joseph Island and expanded their maple production with sweet results.

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  • Raven Rising


    Sure to excite all chocolate lovers, chef and owner Tammy Maki embraces her Indigenous heritage and love of confectionery by creating delicious and innovative chocolate treats using Indigenous ingredients. The Sudbury-based business ships Canada-wide.

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  • Manitoulin Brewing Co.

    43 Manitowaning Road, Little Current

    Three friends—Blair Hagman, Joet Dhatt and Nishin Meawasige—have come together to brew something great! This little (1/3rd Indigenous-owned) craft brewery on Manitoulin employs quality ingredients and the highest attention to detail to produce a small batch craft beer lineup that celebrates the flavour of the island. You can also snag cool merch like t-shirts and hats.

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