Traditional food means so much to so many. No matter our background there is something undeniably special about that taste, that flavour we recognize as ours.
For most of us these familiar foods are easy to find, sold in stores and free from cultural biases. But this isn’t the case for everyone.
For those who have grown up on seal meat, finding it away from home and finding high-quality, CFIA-approved product can be difficult. But we are proud that our seal meat continues to be discovered by those who love it.
Recently we had the opportunity to help out the Southern Quebec Inuit Association by donating seal for their first Inuit Christmas gathering.
SQIA hosted over 200 people for their celebration and Tina Pisuktie, Director for the organization says, “For Inuit, seal is a diet staple. Inuit living down south often crave for seal. They believe that it not only nourishes the body but the mind and soul as well.”
She adds, “Country food (traditional Inuit food) is always the main attraction at the feast and because of generous donations like the one received by SeaDNA we were able to give a taste of home to everyone in attendance.”
Pisuktie was even nice enough to share with us a classic Inuk recipe for seal preparation from “MAMAQTUT: Inuit Healthy Living Cookbook” published by Tungasuvvingat Inuit, Urban Inuit Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Program.
Mamaqtut means “delicious” in Inuktitut and we can see from the smiling faces at the dinner that this term was probably thrown out more than a few times!
Here is the recipe Pisuktie passed along:
From Coast to Coast the Canadian tradition that is seal is one many love, embrace and enjoy for its great nutritional value and flavour. SeaDNA is dedicated to responsible, proper usage and management of this great resource and look forward to working with any group that is looking for their taste of home.
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SeaDNA seal meat products are CFIA-approved, sustainably harvested under a quota set and regulated by the Canadian government and is available to be sold in restaurants and approved facilities across our great country of Canada.