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INNOVATOR PROFILE

CHEF RICH FRANCIS

Area of Expertise: Food

"A lot of what I do is illegal. I have to hide to serve moose meat, I have to hide to serve whale to my guests, I have to hide to serve seal. As First Nations people, we're still under the thumb of the government and it enrages me that I have to go underground to do my dinners. The only sanctuary I have is back on a reserve. When we look at the word Reconciliation, basically what it means is to make whole again. How are we going to do that? We do that by going back to our traditional foods. "