For many Indigenous Peoples, food is medicine, and food sovereignty, preparation, and sharing are critical acts of cultural resilience, according to the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). The September session of the library’s Feasting Together series explores how food heals and maintains health in the face of adversity as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches on September 30.
According to a release from the library, guest cook Jessie Pengelly works with the region’s Indigenous students as they navigate educational, cultural and professional paths. While teaching Feasting Together participants how to make wild rice pudding, KFPL said that Pengelly will explore how food fuels, nourishes and sustains us and is essential to health and self-identity.
“Exploring food as a source of healing adds special value to what’s on our plate, but it’s especially timely as we head into September 30,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “We’re grateful that Jessie can explore this connection to help us appreciate these dishes even more.”
This cooking session will happen over Zoom on September 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. Register at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/6860610.