Today we get to know Arlene Meekis-Jung, Indigenous Relations Coordinator with the Local Food & Farm Co-operative. Arlene is an Anishinaabe-kwe from northwestern Ontario who has lived across the north. Her passion for affordable foods in the north has come from both personal experience and seeing the struggles of others. Living in a remote reservation, she quickly learned that cooking from ingredients was simpler than trying to figure out what she would want to eat for what could be months at a time without the ability to grocery shop. In 2013, she was given the great honour of being chosen as the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Adult Food Champion. Arlene’s journey has allowed her to learn many different types of cooking from around the globe with our traditional foods. However, she loves simple, country foods as well. Ask her for the recipe for Moose Vindaloo and Thai Walleye Soup!