Experience Indigenous food traditions at Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen

By WestJet | | 2 min read

From wild rice to cedar-braised chicken to Algonquin Three Sisters’ Casserole, enjoying a dish – or a few at Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen also means experiencing owner, Norma Condo’s ancestors’ natural way of cooking. 

Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen is the first permanent Indigenous-owned restaurant in Montreal, where Condo focuses on preparing dishes and dining experiences that continue to share Indigenous cuisine and food traditions, while remaining committed to providing healthy meal options to surrounding Indigenous communities.

Condo grew up in a large Indigenous family in Gaspésie, QC where she learned to cook traditional Mi’kmaq meals alongside her grandmother. It was her grandmother’s stories and traditions that inspired Condo to pursue a career in the culinary world, and eventually open Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen.

“Our restaurant enables us to present our food and our culture in a meaningful way, under one roof," says Condo.

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Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen can be found in Roxboro, Quebec, just 25 minutes outside of Montreal. On the menu you’ll find buffalo burgers, pasta with moose balls, bannock and rice, and expect Indigenous seasonings like cedar and sage to be favoured in all dishes over salt and pepper.  

For information on Montreal, Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen and planning your trip with WestJet, visit https://www.westjet.com/en-ca/destinations/discover/montreal 

WestJet and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) have provided nine $10,000 grants to Indigenous tourism businesses across Canada that have been devastated by the shutdown of the tourism industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants were originally earmarked through the WestJet/ITAC strategic national partnership, signed in November 2019.

The recipients of these grants, including Miqmak Catering Indigenous Kitchen, were given the news in March 2021 and their reactions were captured in a new WestJet/ITAC video, WestJet & ITAC: supporting Indigenous tourism in Canada