The Mission of the Feast Centre is to establish, implement and sustain Indigenous STBBI research programs and initiatives through a national network of community and academic partnerships.
Our vision is that the Feast Centre become a vibrant, well-connected network of Indigenous STBBI community members and researchers who privilege Indigenous being and knowing and are committed to work that demonstrates significant community impact through an Indigenous lens.
Engage, facilitate and support the use of Indigenous knowledge systems in STBBI research.
Further stimulate and coordinate multi-stakeholder collaboration in Indigenous STBBI research across the key pillars of health research (clinical, basic science, epidemiology, social science);
Contribute to the development of a highly skilled, multidisciplinary community of investigators, research trainees, and Indigenous community stakeholders; and
Foster the development of Indigenous knowledge translation products and processes that accelerate the uptake and implementation of evidence to policies, programs and practices.
Everyone comes together over the Feast!
All nations and all people celebrate by feasting. We gather together, in small or large groups, over simple or elaborate meals, to mark significant events, to celebrate, to socialize, to nourish our bodies, minds, spirits, and communities. Feasting together is a sign of friendship, respect, mutual responsibility and accountability, and relationship-building.
Traditional feasts in Indigenous contexts are typically inclusive events—underpinned as an expression of gratitude and of learning to live a good life where everyone’s skills, gifts, and contributions are welcomed so that others might learn. Equally important, feasts often have a spiritual component and they often invoke, honour and include our ancestors.