AB ED Why are Indigenous Foods important?

Taking a look at traditional food harvesting and preparation technologies, how different they are from current systems, and imagining how they could be used today. Testing our eyes to see what plant patterns we recognize and what is taking their place. Then looking at how foods, food harvesting, and food protocols connect indigenous people to the land.

Target Audience

Adult Education


11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This session is full.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

This session is full.


  • Qwustenuxun Consulting
    Qwustenuxun Williams

    Jared Qwustenuxun Williams is a passionate Indigenous Foods educator who spent much of his youth with his late grandmother, immersed in Salish culture. After Qwustenuxun graduated from culinary arts he spent a decade working in restaurants across Vancouver Island. Before deciding to move back home to Quw’utsun to take the role of Elder’s Kitchen Manager at Cowichan Tribes. After more than decade of cooking for his elders Qwustenuxun now works as an indigenous foods educator, writer, and consultant. 

    Most recently Qwustenuxun was nominated, and won, several Canadian Online Publishing Awards, was also nominated for the 2022 BC Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Award, and led  the first smoked salmon project, conducted by the First Nations Health Authority. Which proved that traditional salmon smoking techniques are safe, and effective for food preservation. When he is not working on furthering Salish food sovereignty Qwustenuxun spends his time with his wife and children on their small hobby farm in Quw’utsun.