Got Bannock? Rebuilding the Village

Althea Guiboche has gained widespread recognition throughout Winnipeg for her work with “Got Bannock” – a campaign she started nearly two years ago to deliver food to some of the city’s poorest every Sunday.1 As Guiboche explained in a recent TEDx Manitoba talk, the idea behind “Got Bannock” is the need to re-establish the community supports that are represented by the notion of the indigenous village.2 Bannock has long been a food staple for many indigenous people and carries a nostalgia for a feeling of home and belonging. Guiboche describes how the project took off after her own period of crisis which started when she and her family were displaced during the Manitoba floods of 2011. The idea came to fruition after she offered tobacco to the Grandmothers and Grandfathers at the Petroforms at “Bannock Point” a spiritual site located the nearby Whiteshell area. Thus the symbol of bannock addresses an immediate physical need while engaging deeply into culture, community and spirituality.