Destination Indigenous and the Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations presents an intimate series of character lead stories exploring the heritage and values of ancestral First Nation and Inuit culinary practices in Canada.

Through the eyes of five acclaimed Indigenous chefs, we are taken on a culinary journey to explore Indigenous cuisine, the values upheld and the in-depth processes passed down through generations, with the spiritual and cultural meaning it has for them and their communities. 

Episode One –  Siila Flaherty – “The Thrill of the hunt” 

Silla Flaherty, an Inuk chef residing in Iqaluit, Nunavut guides us through her journey of cultural rediscovery through cooking. Join a hunt on the frozen sea ice where we learn the importance of food sovereignty, and the traditional practices followed as we uncover the realities of subsistence living in the arctic tundra.


Episode Two –  Cezin Nottaway –  “Sugar Bush Girl”  

This episode follows chef Cezin Nottaway on her daily routines in the forest of Kitigan Zibi. On a hiatus a from her career as a prestigious chef, Cezin is reconnecting with her roots and traditional foodways. We join her as she harvests the bounties nature provides; from maple tapping to hide tanning.  


Episode Three –  Joseph Shawana –  “Food is life” 

Chef Joseph Shawana explores his culinary journey, addressing the significance his youth and heritage played in it.  For Joseph, ‘food is life’, demonstrating that it is readily available all around us, should you take the time to look and learn. He is constantly fusing Indigenous culinary teachings and flavourings with western styles. 

Episode Four –  Scott Iserhoff –  “Concrete Roots” 

Scott Iserhoff, founder of Pei Pei Chei Ow, explores indigenous cuisine through his own memories. Now residing in Edmonton with his wife and daughter, we learn how he uses food to reconnect people and place, evoking a feeling of comfort and nostalgia.

Episode Five – Paul Natrall –  “The Bannock Brotherhood”

We join Paul Natrall, known locally as ‘Mr Bannock’ as he takes us through his home territory, the Squamish Nation. We explore the significance of community leadership and the importance of sourcing local ingredients in the creation of his world famous food truck.

Zane Buchanan

Zane Buchanan

Zane, a Métis writer, producer, and digital storyteller based in Vancouver, British Columbia, takes great pride in the diverse career path he has forged. Starting as a freelance journalist, he transitioned into travel media when he was appointed the 2019 Saskatchewanderer by Tourism Saskatchewan. This experience solidified his standing in the tourism sector and paved the way for his work with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC). At ITAC, Zane contributes to the creative direction of The Original Original authentication program and Destination Indigenous (ITAC’s consumer-facing presence). He oversees content and brand integrity while also serving as the executive editor of Nations Magazine.Beyond ITAC, Zane regularly contributes to Canadian Geographic, focusing on ethical travel. His contributions have earned him the esteemed title of a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and he serves as a judge for the Travel Media Association of Canada Awards. His leadership includes a direct partnership with the Assembly of First Nations, with whom he attended the Historic Papal Visits in Rome in April 2022, in line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.As a sought-after speaker, Zane has presented at renowned conferences and events such as South by Southwest (SXSW), The SEE Conference, The International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC), and The IMPACT Conference. His influence extends to other creative mediums, including presenting the Contemporary Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year Award at the Juno Awards Ceremony annually.Beyond his various roles, Zane is the founder and creative director of CIVL Creative, a digital agency designed to meet the unique needs of nonprofits and social enterprises.