Travis Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day at Grove Park with a Traditional Menu

Travis Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day at Grove Park with a Traditional Menu

June 21 marked National Indigenous Peoples Day, and to celebrate and honour the day, Travis brought Huron-Wendat and Anishinabek dishes to the Grove Park Home menu. We interviewed travis to learn how it all came about and to hear his takeaways from the day. Read the interview here.

Patients and staff enjoy traditional foods at Saskatchewan Health Authority Regina on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Patients and staff enjoy traditional foods at Saskatchewan Health Authority Regina on National Indigenous Peoples Day

To celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Stephanie and her food and nutrition staff at Saskatchewan Health Authority facilities in Regina served up delicious traditional dishes to both staff and patients. We interviewed Stephanie to learn about how she and her team planned this menu and what inspired her. Read it here.

Welcome to Fasken Law & Buy Social Canada

We are building an ever-stronger team to bring value-based food procurement to Canadian health care. Today we are delighted to officially welcome Fasken Law and Buy Social Canada as our partners on this project. 

Under the leadership of Buy Social Canada's David Le Page and Maija FIorante, a scan of best-in-class social procurement language is currently underway. The scan will cover provincial, domestic, and international examples of language that harnesses a public buyer's purchasing power to procure foods that support the health of patients, communities, and planet. 

With the legal expertise of award-winning firm Fasken Law, led by Kathryn Beck, Vanessa Mui, and Daniel Fabiano, we will bring this research to life by developing and open-sourcing tested language for adoption by health care food purchasers. We will develop, test, and open-source two procurement tools to support organizations with self-operated and outsourced food services.

Over the next months, we will be recruiting health care sites to test the contract language developed by our team. Please send us a note through the Get in touch form if you are interested in being a beta-test site or would like to become otherwise involved.

Upcoming Traditional Food Program Webinar: Feb 15

Upcoming Traditional Food Program Webinar: Feb 15

The Nourish Collaborative Project team on Traditional & Cultural Food Programs invites you to a conversation about their next steps in building capacity for delivering traditional and cultural food programs in health care. Taking place on Thursday, February 15, 3pm-4pm EST. Registration here.

We have a new Director starting mid December and as a region are in the early stages of finding out his vision for the future of food within Interior Health. We would like to move from our current rethermalization system in acute facilities to a just in time model - cooking and serving right up on the floors. Meals shouldn't just be at set times if someone wants a grilled cheese for breakfast and an omelette for lunch and diferent serving times we should be able to provide this (within reason)

Also, we’ve commenced a four month pilot project ( Sept – Dec)  in collaboration with Thunder Bay District Health Unit and Regional Distribution Food Association at our most popular stadia / arena’s concession where 70% of the menu has been replaced with healthy and traditional foods. Tho only a few weeks in, I’m beginning to hear some excellent feed-back. I’ll provide more details and an update later in October when I’ve more statistical data & feedback to report on.