Where to Find Northern Ingredients

Many foods that are traditionally eaten in the North are not available in the South. Hunted animals like caribou, polar bear, or whale have to be given to you by Inuit who legally hunt them and cannot be sold. The Southern Quebec Inuit Association (SQIA) usually serves country foods at their community feasts.

Two foods traditionally eaten in the North that can legally be sold are Arctic char and seal. Arctic char is available at many larger fish markets. In Montreal, many of the larger fishmongers in Marche Jean Talon and Marche Atwater will offer arctic char. You can even get it in your Lufa BoxA complete list of stores that sell seal meat is available on the SeaDNA website.


Niqiliurniq: A Cookbook from Igloolik by Micah Arreak, Annie Désilets, Lucy Kappianaq, Glenda Kripanik, and Kanadaise Uyarasuk (Inhabit Media, 2019)

  • A cookbook by a group of Inuit chefs from Igloolik, NU

Nunavik Family Cookbook / ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᓂᕐᓯᐅᑏᑦ edited by Julie-Ann Berthe (Nunavik Publications, 2014)

  • Published by the Avataq Cultural Institute, the Kativik Regional Government, and Laval University; available in English/Inuktitut or French/Inuktitut

tawâw: Progressive Indigenous Cuisine by Shane M. Chartrand with Jennifer Cockrall-King (House of Anansi Press, 2019)

  • Chef Shane Chartrand is from the Enoch Cree Nation and was adopted by a Métis father and Mi’kmaw-Irish mother. This cookbook also contains historical, cultural, and culinary knowledge.

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