Travel – The chef preserving Canada’s Indigenous identity – BBC News

Growing up alongside moose, bear and the more than 4,000 lakes dotting Canada’s Parc de la Vérendrye wildlife reserve in Quebec, Marie-Cecile Nottaway knew that, like other members of the Algonquin First Nation, she had to catch her food before she could cook it.

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“Because when we had to stay home during Covid-19 and there was neither work nor school, I was finally able to go sugar-bushing [in rural Quebec] with my daughter for the entire season – making pikoodinigan for four or five weeks.” – Marie-Cecile Nottaway, chef

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At eight years old, she was already a proficient hunter who could set rabbit snares by herself. “I’d put my snowshoes on in the morning and do my 2 or 3km trek to set them up,” she said.