Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 03, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Siska Traditions Society

LYTTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), today announced funding for the Siska Traditions Society.

The funding will support the creation of the Indigenous Food Systems Network website, which will be developed to increase awareness of issues related to conserving and restoring the numerous food-based traditions of Aboriginal cultures across Canada. It will also provide indigenous and non-indigenous peoples with a virtual meeting place to network and share information.

"Our Government is committed to encouraging a uniquely Canadian presence on the Internet," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support the efforts of the Siska Traditions Society in creating digital content that celebrates and preserves indigenous cultural practices relating to food, nutrition, health, land, culture, and traditional knowledge."

"We know that eating locally grown foods can have great health and economic benefits. Preserving the knowledge in preparing these indigenous foods not only preserves a culture, but can also enrich our health and our economy," said Minister Strahl.

"The Siska Traditions Society appreciates the Government of Canada's support," said Dawn Morrison, Coordinator of the B.C. Food Systems Network Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. "We are pleased that the government recognizes the value in creating the Indigenous Food Systems Network website, which will be a powerful tool for shaping, mobilizing, supporting, and expressing contemporary indigenous food systems and cultures across Canada."

The Siska Traditions Society is a First Nations organization that collects, processes, promotes, and sells traditional food products. Its purpose is to develop socio-economic opportunities, promote traditional values, and protect Siska Aboriginal rights.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $46,640 to the Siska Traditions Society through the Gateway Fund ( of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Gateway Fund was created to promote quality Canadian cultural content online and to engage Canadians in sharing their perspective on Canadian events, people, and values.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations