Elder Jan Longboat Shares Teachings about food

Jan welcomes us into Dotah’s House where the door is always open to listen, learn, heal, and laugh. Jan shares teachings about our relationship to the sustenance of the earth, Indigenous slow foods, and her on-going cultivation of Indigenous seeds, medicines, and food. Jan shares the ancient story of the Three Sisters: corn, beans, and squash and how they grew to support one another providing optimal growing conditions and maintaining the health of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

Jan Kahehti:io Longboat

Mohawk Elder Jan Longboat is a member of the Turtle Clan of Six Nations of the Grand River. Jan is a traditional herbalist, healer and Elder that works within a wholistic concept of healing. Owner of Earth Healing Herb Gardens & Retreat Centre, Jan runs Dotah’s House, monthly workshops which invite community members to listen, hear, laugh, and heal with the the Dotah’s (Elders).

Traditional Food Fact Sheets

Traditional Harvesting, Traditional Food Use, Nutritional Messages

  • Salmon
  • Eulachon
  • Herring
  • Moose
  • Deer
  • Small Mammals:Rabbit / Hare, Ground Squirrel, Beaver
  • Seaweed
  • Roots
  • Birds: Grouse, Ptarmigan, Ducks
  • Berries
  • Seafood General: Crab, Scallops, Shrimp, Abalone, Sea cucumber, Octopus, Clams, Prawns
  • Bivalves: Clams, Mussels, Oysters
Traditional Food Fact Sheets

Traditional Food Fact Sheets

This resource was developed by the First Nations Health Council.

Manual: A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying Through Each Stage of the Life Cycle

Source: Best Start Resource Centre (2010). A Child Becomes Strong: Journeying Through Each Stage of the Life Cycle. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Brief Overview: This manual is based on the life cycle teachings and broken down into each stage of life. The developmental stages of life reflect a wholistic perspective of family wellness.

Who should use this manual?
• Counsellors
• Doctors
• Early childhood educators
• Midwives
• Nurses
• Program managers
• Teachers
And anyone who has a role in supporting healthy child development in First Nations children.

54 pages | 4.62MB

Find more Aboriginal Health and Early Childhood resources at Best Start. Visit their website.

Canning and Jarring: Beginners Guide (from Spirit Magazine Fall 2012)

canning jarring beginners guide

Source: Spirit Magazine Fall 2012; First Nations Health Council BC (Spirit Magazine focuses on the many positives taking place in BC First Nations Health transformation)
Source URL: http://fnhc.ca/index.php/news/spirit_magazine

View the magazine for more information on: Food and Medicine Field Guides | Indigenous Food Sovereignty | Natural Supports to Improve Digestion | Canning and Jarring | Seeing the Forest, Not Only the Trees | Healthy Hunting | How-to Start a Community Garden | Kwadacha and Tsay Keh Dene | Fish and Shellfish Safety | Residential School Healing Journey | Eating Right on a Per Diem Budget | Planting the Seed of Food Knowledge for Kids | Sticking to Your Wellness Plan | Planning Our Wellness Journey Together | Interning in Uganda for HIV/AIDS Solutions | Returning to Traditional Aboriginal Sustenance | Salal Berries: Harvesting Tips and Jam Recipe.

One Arrow First Nation – Equine Assisted Learning Program

I can’t imagine a better way to learn! Neat! – Angela @ FNER

One Arrow First Nation – Equine Assisted Learning Program – Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation. The One Arrow First Nation‟s Equine Assisted Learning (IDEAL) program has proven hugely successful from its beginning in January 2011. The program‟s goals were to build school strength, pride in the community and confidence in the heart‟s of their youth.

Indigenous Games – educational activities

Living Traditions | NAIG Past & Present.

Indigenous Games

Educational activities based on traditional games. Experience Indigenous games and sports! Through these interactive activities, explore the qualities and capabilities that make one a great athlete: skill, teamwork, agility, discipline, stamina, strategy, strength and speed.

Traditional Aboriginal Games


Eastern Woodland Games


Wolf or Hunter and Moose (Caribou) Tag Game

On the Path to Health! Elementary School Nutrition Education Program

Published by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services, Quebec

On the Path to Health! Elementary School Nutrition Education Program

What is the On the Path to Health! program?

– It is a program that is composed of 28 nutrition workshops – four different workshops
for all seven elementary school levels, from kindergarten up to grade six;
– The workshops include various fun and educational activities: games, food preparation,
creation activities, treasure hunt, rally, sampling activities, etc.;
– The workshops are developed in such a way as to allow for their integration into
the school curriculum. Each workshop lasts approximately 60 minutes, which is the
duration of one class period, in order to be sure that they can easily be held during
class hours.

The objectives of the program are as follows:
• promote traditional foods;
• foster appreciation for nutritious foods;
• develop abilities related to food preparation and making good food choices;
• learn how to recognize and respect the signs of hunger and satiety.

What does the program kit contain?

1) Each kit contains two binders that include 28 nutrition workshops (four workshops
each year from kindergarten until grade 6). In each of these workshops, you will
• informative notes for the facilitator
• activity charts
• a note that is intended for the parents
• delicious recipes that children enjoy
• a follow-up activity chart that is intended for the teacher
• a workshop evaluation form
2) The material required for the activities: quiz game, treasure hunt, food picture bank,
posters, etc.
3) A CD that includes the PowerPoint presentation of the program as well as the nutrition

For more information on this program contact:

First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
250, place Chef Michel Laveau, Suite 102
Wendake (Quebec)
G0A 4V0

Telephone:418 842-1540
Fax: 418 842-7045


Berry Resources (Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings) – Grade 1 -7

Aboriginal Resources – Topic: Berries

Cultural uses, Literature Links, Berry Teachings, Facts and More

Acknowledgements – Berry Resources – PDF.

Curriculum Connections- Berry Resources – PDF.

Chokeberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Cranberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Raspberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Saskatoon Berry (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.

Strawberries (Minisa)- Berry Resources – PDF.