Winnipeg restaurant offers healthy, indigenous cuisine

A Cree woman is hoping to take advantage of the movement toward eating healthier food sourced closer to home with a new restaurant serving indigenous cuisine.

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Christa Bruneau-Guenther recently opened Feast at the Aboriginal business hub called Neechi Commons in Winnipeg.

The entrepreneur said she first realized the value of quality food while working as a day-care provider.

“A lot of the children couldn’t focus, couldn’t learn,” she said. After increasing the kids physical activity and feeding them a healthy indigenous-inspired diet, she said she saw “a complete turnaround.”

Bruneau-Guenther pointed out that ingredients like bison, fish, wild rice and Saskatoon berries are not only healthy, they don’t have to travel far to get to her restaurant, making them perfect for locavores.

“That’s the beauty of First Nations foods,” she said. “They are actually grown here on our lands.”

Bruneau-Guenther said she hopes to eventually open her restaurant to students, who can spread the word about indigenous cuisine even further.

With a report from CTV National Manitoba Bureau Chief Jill Macychon



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