Traditional bush tucker

Poche Centre and Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health

15 May 2023
Sharing research and local food on Bundjalung Country
Continuing the celebration of culture with University of Toronto's academics and research professional staff.

Waakibiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health cultural tour. 

As part of our ongoing Indigenous Health research collaboration with the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH) at the University of Toronto, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health hosted a team of seven visiting academics and research professional staff in late March for a culturally infused Indigenous knowledge exchange.

The Indigenous knowledge exchange began with a morning spent on Bundjalung Country in Northern NSW, learning from local Elder Aunty Delta about Bundjalung past and present life, land, and flora and fauna – with a beautiful spread of local native foods to share.

Traditional bush tucker
Traditional flora

We supported local business through hosting a research gathering at Karkalla Byron Bay, an Indigenous-owned restaurant that draws on traditional bush tucker foods to create a beautiful fusion menu. Food plays an important role in bringing us all together, and Karkalla and Aunty Delta’s bush tucker did just that; the experiences brought Indigenous researchers together to plan and do research surrounded by Indigenous culture.