Restaurants and Reconciliation: The Representation of Indigenous Foodways in Canada

Colloquium | April 2 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 L. Sasha Gora

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

Why are there so few Indigenous restaurants in Canada? Toronto has over 8,000 restaurants, but until October 2016 only one offered Indigenous cuisine. Since then, three more have opened, and others across the country. By narrowing in on restaurants, L. Sasha Gora’s talk will survey the relationship between food and land in Canada and emphasize the historic role of food as both a weapon of assimilation and a tool of resistance. She will also discuss how contemporary Indigenous chefs are cooking a lot more than just dinner.

L. Sasha Gora is a writer and cultural historian with a focus on food history and contemporary art (often separately but sometimes together). In 2015 she joined the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society as a doctoral candidate, and she teaches North American cultural history courses at the University of Munich. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley., 510-642-0531