Season 4 of “Quest Out West: Wild Food” follows Syilx Storyteller Tracey Kim Bonneau as she visits various Indigenous community organizations to learn about sustainable food practices and help prepare healthy, delicious meals.
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Guests Sarah Alexis and Aleksandra Dulic share their knowledge of the Okanagan waterways and the steps people are taking to preserve them. Tracey also enjoys a traditional healthy meal with Sara Tronson.
Tracey and Jennifer discuss the ongoing traumas created by the Canadian residential school system. Joined by guests Adam Eneas, Michael Brezner and Taylor Lezard, Tracey learns about the K’əmcnitkw (“Alongside the Water”) Floodplain Re-engagement Project.
Ellen Simmons helps Tracey reconnect with the environment to learn about how her community can benefit from both Western science and traditional Indigenous knowledge. Then, the pair joins Keenan Thrussell and Zoë Jacoe to learn about their sustainable winery.
Tracey is introduced to the community relief agencies Mamas for Mamas and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society. These organizations act as a lifeline within their community, providing fresh food, clothing and workforce training opportunities for residents in need.
Tracey meets Jaye Siegmueller, the owner of Farm Bound, and learns about their organic food delivery service. She then returns home to learn from Dawn Russell about food preservation. Tracey also speaks with Tessa Terbasket about her sustainable cattle farm.
Justin Peters and Victor Antoine join Tracey to learn about Indigenous medicines. Tracey and her niece Bella put together a wild rice salad and serve it with meat that was prepared in the smoke pit by Tracey’s uncle.
Tracey speaks with local grocers regarding food sovereignty. Jennifer Money shares a poem reflecting on residential schools and the resilience of Survivors. Tracey goes on to teach Kylie Jack how to make a local and delicious salad.
Tracey meets with three community leaders to discuss how they are guiding the next generation and fostering a healthy community. Tracey shares her knowledge and helps create a delicious meal of sausage with salad.
Tracey continues to learn about sustainable food practices and farming techniques. Kelsie Kilawna joins Tracey to discuss Indigenous voices in the media. Tracey then visits a café where she trades recipes with an old friend.
Tracey returns to an ancestral gathering place to talk about its significance and then visits another culturally important site with Carrie Terbasket to discuss preservation efforts in the area. Tracey reconnects with her cousins and walks the land with them.
Tracey visits the Lower Nicola Indian Band and speaks with Chief Stuart Jackson about the devastation caused by recent climatic events. Tracey then meets Lorna Shuter, operator of Shulus Gardens, and cooks a meal with the band school’s chef, Penny Toodlican.
Tracey meets author Elaine Alec who discusses her book and her efforts in the Indigenous community. Tracey goes on to meet Denise Lecoy and her granddaughter to make a traditional rattle. She then completes her journey with her friend Csetkwe Fortier.
Tracey discusses day schools and the impact they have had. She meets Toni George, the principal at Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School, and is serenaded by the school’s students. Afterwards, Tracey and Toni prepare a delicious meal together.
All professional storytellers develop a unique style and rhythm to their work. Tracey has has been creating authentic Indigenous content in the mainstream for over 30 years. Her work spans from hard-hitting documentaries to award winning stories featuring the revival of the Interior Dug-out Canoe. Tracey is highly effective in production management. Her entire career has been dedicated to creating space in the world of television, print and radio to represent Indigenous voices on screen.
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Quest Out West Wild Food is a documentary series airing on the Aboriginals Peoples Television (APTN) created, written and produced by Tracey Kim Bonneau. Join Host syilx Tracey Kim Bonneau as she explores the people’s oral history, of wild and organic food in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Quest Out West- Wild Food Season IV documentary series world premiered: Tuesday, May 2 (syilx version) and Tuesday May 9, 2023 (English Version) on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
In Season IV the adventure continues amidst the breathtaking wild rugged mountains and swift rivers in the unceded traditional territory of the Syilx, in the Okanagan and Nicola Valley region. The series features cinematically stunning and untapped and rare, stories of Indigenous foodie history, culture and cuisine. Of interest to many are the conversations between Indigenous harvesters and organic growers equally concerned about the health of the planet, food security, past and present. At the heart of discussions is the magnitude of the earths carbon footprint.
IN 2018 Tracey began to expand her artistic curiosity into the world of Augmented Reality to develop VR/AR skills and expand her technical skills and creativity as a modern storyteller. Tracey joined the IM4 Lab team as a media matriarch created by Metis/Cree filmmaker, Loretta S Todd, alongside media matriarchs T’uy’t’tanat- Cease Wyss - Skwxwu7mesh/Sto:lo and Doreen Manuel - Secwepemc/Ktunaxa. IM4 is a training project in collaboration with Emily Carr University to offer workshops to train Indigenous peoples in AR/XR. IM4 is dedicated to Indigenizing VR/AR/360 by enabling Indigenous communities to find effective ways to incorporate these technologies into educational, cultural, language, artistic and commercial applications. The Matriarchs work with IM4 Lab's experts VR/AR mentors to create specific AR elements that showcase their creative and technical abilities. In turn, these Media Matriarchs will mentor Indigenous youth who are aspiring to pursue technical training and creative expression in VR/AR and other digital media.
2019 Tracey presented an artist talk at Emily Carr university “VR Truthtelling” on the topic of 360 Immersive documentary VR storytelling perspectives as a syilx woman.
IN 2020 worked with Moni Garr to further develop her AR/VR skills and began her ECO VR Project “Huckleberry.” This AR project is inspired by her efforts as a syilx woman to create an ecological experience about the huckleberry habitat and nsyilxcen language learning tool. Working with Moni Garr, Tracey articulated her design concepts. Working in Tiltbrush, Oculus Rift they were able to imagine 3D huckleberry bushes that can be moved around and through.
IN 2021 Tracey was awarded a significant professional artist grant to further the development of her Virtual Reality Project: ECO VR Huckleberry.
February 12-28, 2021 Tracey was an invited artist Vancouver Mural WINTER ARTS Festival
VMF WINTER ARTS brings art to life on the streets of Vancouver! Blurring the line between the virtual and physical worlds, VMF Winter Arts transforms public space across Vancouver’s core into an interactive open-air gallery featuring Augmented Reality (AR) art. Download the VMF mobile app to find and explore 20+ AR locations safely with your core bubble. Presented by Vancouver Mural Festival and the Downtown Vancouver BIA. Check out vanmuralfest.ca and @vanmuralfest for details.
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