People & Culture

Chef Jenni Lessard: Learning Michif through traditional and contemporary food

Episode 4

One of Canada’s leading chefs and Indigenous food experts on why making traditional Métis foods, including the harvesting of local ingredients, helps contribute to the preservation of the Michif language and identity

  • Published Feb 23, 2021
  • Updated Apr 15, 2022
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Jenni Lessard is one of Canada’s top chefs and is proud of her Saskatchewan Métis roots. In this episode, Lessard and host Leah Dorion talk about why making and processing traditional Métis foods, including the harvesting of local ingredients, helps contribute to the preservation of the Michif language and identity.  

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Canadian Geographic and Métis Nation–Saskatchewan (MN–S) are proud to present Paykiiwikay Métis Culture Podcast, a series exploring the rich Métis culture and Michif language. Hosted by interdisciplinary Métis artist, mentor and author Leah Dorion, the first 10 episodes of Paykiiwikay, which is Michif for “come and visit,” take listeners on a journey through Métis communities around the province of Saskatchewan.

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