PHC Food Services had an exceptional and exciting lunch pace changer in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day. One of the culinary highlights of the day was bannock made from a recipe generously shared by Susie Moose.

Susie is Sayisi Dene First Nation from Northern Manitoba. She is as survivor of residential school and the sixties scoop.

With kindness and generosity, she has shared her recipe, wisdom and well-honed technique with the St. Paul’s Food Services team so bannock could be available for patients on National Indigenous Peoples Day.

 Susie first learned how to make bannock from her Mother and Granny, with tips from her sister along the way. Her bannock has fed many, including her five children, grandchildren, the clients and staff of Powell Place Women’s Shelter, and countless others.

Susie takes great pride in passing on her baking knowledge and skills to her family, friends and anyone who is eager to learn. For Susie, this bannock is not only a staple and a food of celebration for birthdays and barbeques, but also her own contribution to reconciliation as she shares the message that “Food is Medicine.”​​​

“SPH Patient Food Services, together with the Knowledge Translation team from Clinical Nutrition and our Indigenous Wellness Liaison colleagues, are honoured and grateful to have supported Susie in sharing her gift of Indigenous culture and nourishing care to our patients on this day,” says Stevens Santos, Manager, Patient Food Services.​ “I believe it is people coming together to celebrate Indigenous resiliency and successes that made Indigenous Peoples Day 2023 truly meaningful for us and our patients.”