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Kw'umut Lelum's Qualicum Parenting Group Learns to Can Salmon

On July 26th, Kw’umut Lelum’s Four Seasons Early Years program again welcomed the skilled and experienced Carrie Reed to the Qualicum First Nation Family Gathering, where both children and parents delighted in learning her traditional ways of knowing and being.

In keeping with traditional seasonal activities, this session taught parents the ins and outs of canning salmon so that their families could enjoy fish into the colder months. Many parents were surprised at just how easy it was to prepare the salmon to be canned. They simply used 1 pint jars to measure and cut chunks of fish to fill the jars just below the top – bones and all for added nutrients! Parents also witnessed how to safely operate a pressure cooker for the purpose of canning salmon and learned about alternative methods and recipes for canning.

With varying levels of experience within the group, parents shared their knowledge with each other and facilitators, which strengthened the group as a whole and instilled enthusiasm for learning more about preparing and preserving traditional foods.

Kw’umut Lelum’s 4 Seasons Early Years Program offers great opportunities for parents and children to learn and have fun together. For more information, click here.

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