“Caribou Man” Joe Tetlichi, Head of Porcupine Caribou Management Board, Grey Mountain. Photo by Cathie Archbould #ArchbouldPhotography

First we eat, then we do everything else.”
— M.F.K.Fisher

Suzanne Crocker, an award winning filmmaker and retired family doctor, has challenged herself to spend one year eating only food local to Dawson City, Yukon – a remote Northern Canadian community at 64° north, 300 km south of the Arctic Circle – to create a public conversation about food self-sufficiency with communities across the North.

First We Eat: Food Security North of 60 will celebrate the ingenuity, resourcefulness, and knowledge of Northern Canadians and our relationship to the land through the food that we hunt, fish, gather, grow, and raise.

Food security is a topic of interest for many Northerners, whether concerned with community (knowing where our food comes from and valuing the land and the people who produce it), sustainability, the nutritional value of our food, a finite oil supply, carbon footprint, or food costs and accessibility.

Suzanne is reaching out to communities across the North of Canada to expand the conversation beyond Dawson City and highlight the wealth of local food options available as well as the challenges and possibilities for increasing food security across the North.

In the meantime, back in Dawson, Suzanne’s family have reluctantly agreed not to bring any grocery store food into the house. At first, the novelty of seeing Suzanne in the kitchen might keep her family eating at home purely out of curiosity. But with the help of celebrated Yukon chef Michele Genest and others, Suzanne hopes to be able to provide enough variety of delicious meals and ready-made snacks to prevent her family from stockpiling their own secret larder.

Suzanne's ongoing list of available local ingredients:

Ingredients: Dawson City, Yukon This is a starting list for Suzanne of local ingredients she knows will be available to her in Dawson City, Yukon.  We will update the list as she discovers new ingredients. Meat: Moose (all parts) Chicken (all parts) Boar/pig (all parts) Caribou (all parts) Mutton/Wild Sheep Turkey Grouse Rabbit Fish: Chum salmon (incl salmon eggs) Grayling Ling cod/Burbot Pike Dairy: Milk, cream Yogurt, Butter Cream cheese Cheese Ice cream Eggs Grains: Small amount of barley Small amount of rye Lambsquarter/pigsweed Fruit: Low bush cranberries High bush cranberries Rosehips Crowberries Saskatoon berries Haskap berries Black currents Blueberries (a few) Apples (a few precious apples!) Raspberries Rhubarb Strawberries Bunchberry/Dogwood berry (for its pectin) Golden Berry/Ground Cherry ( a few precious berries) Sour Cherry (a few precious cherries) Vegetables (can store fresh year round): Potatoes Carrots Cabbage Kolrabi Onions Garlic Celeriac Root Rutabaga Turnip Beets Celeriac Root Spaghetti Squash Salsify Vegetables (can store frozen, dried or canned): Tomatoes Kale Spinach Swiss chard Broccoli Romanesco Cauliflower Zucchini Celery Peas Pumpkin Hubbard Squash Butternut Squash A few Sweet Peppers A few Hot Peppers Cucumbers as fermented pickles Horseradish Seasonal only vegetables: Lettuce Green onions Cucumbers - fresh Radish Bok Choy Mustard Greens Sorrel Corn (a few precious cobs) Herbs: Lovage Basil Dill Mint Thyme Oregano Cilantro/coriander Marjoram Rosemary Parsley Sage Savory Lemon Balm Chives/Green Onions Garlic Scapes Celery Leaf dried (as salt) Nasturtium pods dried (as pepper) Wild plants: Fireweed Bear Root Juniper berries Spruce tips Labrador tea Wild Sage Colts foot Stinging Nettle Yarrow Dandelion Chickweed Wild Rose Petals Mushrooms Chaga Strawberry Blite Plantain Chamomile Willow catkins  - the sweet ones! Sweetener: Birch syrup Honey Stevia Thickener: Yellow dock Birch and Alder Catkins (if not allergic) Fats: Butter Moose lard Pig fat Misc: Kephir Sourdough starter Have suggestions for Suzanne in Dawson City?  Share your knowledge here
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