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Indigenous Cultural Food Exchange

The Jerry Cans, from Nunavut Arctic Canada, will be touring Australia from 3 March beginning in WA and reaching Queensland on 22 March. Along the way they will play at some of Australia's premier music festivals. 

As proponents of Indigenous cultural exchange and with First Nations Inuit people in their band, The Jerry Cans are always keen to meet local Aboriginal people and discuss their cultural similarities and differences.

To welcome them to the Sunshine State, an Indigenous cultural food exchange will be a highlight of the Queensland leg of their tour. The event will take place at Food Connect,Brisbane’s sustainable and ethical food hub, who have partnered with First Food Co, providores of specialty native Australian ingredients.

First Food Co are hosting the event to bring together Australian Indigenous Elders and the Inuit band members from Arctic Canada who will partake in an Indigenous cultural food exchange while invited guests taste the incredible dishes using First Food Co’s carefully sourced native ingredients, while listening to a few high-energy tunes from the band.

The fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, close to the Arctic. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve.

Andrew Morrison, lead singer of The Jerry Cans, says that the group’s main focus is tointroduce the world to the lifestyle of their indigenous community in Arctic Canada via music and culture.

The Food Connect Foundation’s vision is a world where all Australians can access healthy, local, ecologically-grown food that is fair to growers, eaters and the planet.

First Food Co is a specialist providore led by Aunty Dale Chapman, and sources native Australian ingredients from Aboriginal communities who wild-harvest or farm a variety of ingredients. They value add by manufacturing a range of relish, salsa, dukkah, popcorn, confectionery, tea and soap. The team regularly appears at food festivals and other public events.

The invitation-only event will be held between 11am and 1.30pm at the Food Connect Homestead in Salisbury, on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

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