Last week AMES joined forces with: The Galiano Conservancy, The Galiano Food Program, Penelakut Island Elementary School (PIES), and the Galiano Community School for a full day of laughter and learning with over 100 Galiano and Penelakut community members.


We were treated to an opportunity to learn “The Bone Game” with Karen Charlie and Kara and Richie Smith.

There were also hands-on lessons in building a traditional pit oven with Augie Sylvester, JC and company:


Geo-caching and Indigenous name games with the Galiano Conservancy team and Levi and Emily Wilson:

Conservancy collage

Medicinal tea-tasting with local herbalists Dora Fitzerald and Amanda Bird:


We also got to to screen and celebrate some of the work created by the young Digital Foragers from Penelakut + Galiano Island.

You can ‘meet’ some of the Digital Foragers here or at


And last, but by no means least, thanks to the combined efforts of The Galiano Food Program, and a host of food-loving community members, everyone enjoyed a fabulous feast of wild treats.

Feast collage
The menu included:

• Venison Stew (cooked up the Intermediate teacher and Administrative Assistance at the Galiano Community School),
• Loads of salmon (generously donated by Ben Mabberly and cooked up by JC and the pit-side gang),and
• Nettlekopita, Nettle & Edamame Crostini, Nettle & Garlic Bread, Nettle and White Bean Soup (cooked by the entire student population of the Galiano Community School under the guidance of Alison Colwell, kid-wrangler and food-mentor extraordinaire). Check out some of the nettle recipes featured here.