For the past three years the feast has been catered by Salishan Catering, located on the Musqueam First Nations Reserve, and despite being virtual, this year was no exception.
Company owner Denise Sparrow and her team from the Musqueam First Nation delivered boxed lunches that included alder-grilled salmon with blackberry sauce, salad and crowd-favourite bannock (deep fried bread), in eco-friendly boxes to 122 students and their families in the Lower Mainland. Students residing outside the Lower Mainland received a gift basket from St. Jeans Cannery in Comox.
“Here on the reserve, and most other reserves, there is always a feast for every event,” adds Sparrow, whose team also delivered food to more than 1,000 people last week to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day. June is also celebrated as National Indigenous History Month across Canada.
Guno recalls attending an SFU honoring feast in 2001, when she completed her master’s degree.
“Post-COVID-19, we had to shift gears quickly. It’s remarkable how this event was organised in a condensed time frame of less than two months.”
The Honouring Ceremony celebrated 143 Indigenous graduands, including 91 undergraduate students, 53 graduate students—including 18 MBAs—and 30 First Nations Language Program graduates (16 diplomas in First Nations Language Proficiency and 14 certificates in First Nations Language Proficiency).