Indigenous Tourism BC is showcasing the leadership and innovation of Indigenous tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we navigate this new normal, there is a strength and resilience of Indigenous tourism businesses that needs to be celebrated. We understand it is not business as usual and it has been a difficult year in so many ways. It is inspiring to see the commitment of the Indigenous tourism industry focused on the health and safety of staff and guests.
Indigenous Tourism BC is honoured to share their story.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a difficult time for business. Indigenous Tourism BC has witnessed businesses like Salmon n’ Bannock, Vancouver’s only Indigenous restaurant meet the challenge. After closing for dine in service during the travel restrictions, Inez Cook, Owner from the Nuxalk Nation is excited to welcome guests to a newly renovated space, with a dining experience focused on strict COVID-19 health and sanitation measures.
With a redesigned dining area, including a patio and awning inspired by her own button blanket that honors the languages of the land we work and live on, Inez has shown business leadership and innovation. She is committed to offering a safe environment for her staff and her customers, with strict sanitation guidelines, staff wearing masks, and tables set 6 feet apart.
Throughout the pandemic, Inez was determined to continue business; she diversified by offering take out and delivery through Uber Eats, including the promotion of specific dishes to enjoy outdoor picnics and special event barbecues with Wild Salmon and Elk Steak Sandwiches. Her commitment to the community shines through as she supports local Indigenous artists, organizing raffle prize draws with unique Indigenous artwork.
The Salmon n’ Bannock restaurant specializes in wild fish, free range game meat and, of course bannock, baked fresh daily, and using traditional ingredients that are prepared and presented in a modern way. In the small casual bistro everyone is welcome as they are. In the spirit of First Nations’ traditions, the intention is to provide a gathering place where the focus is on the people and the food.
Salmon n’ Bannock is now open daily. Dine in service is 5pm – 9pm, and take out service is 1pm – 9pm. Please call 604-568-8971 or visit https://www.salmonandbannock.net/.