Kitchen @ First Nations House

First Nations House is located in the North Borden Building (at 563 Spadina Avenue, on the northeast corner of the Spadina Circle). It is called the Borden Building because it was once home to the Borden Dairy, and was originally built by architect George Miller for City Dairy in 1909. The building has retained many of the odd corners and spaces that make one wonder what the original space was used for; it is no surprise that cows were housed in this oddly spacious office environment, and yet it also makes sense that other oddly shaped spaces might have been used for lunchrooms or other unknown functions required by a dairy.

One of the most relevant spaces First Nations House offers to the eager young (or not-so-young) undergraduate is it’s full kitchen. We have a large fridge, full stove, microwave, toaster and toaster oven, and plenty of cupboard space, all available for student use. Tuesdays have become FNH’s Community Lunch day, where lunch is prepared and served free of charge to community members. The ideal of course is to provide a nutritious and readily available meal to our First Nations Students, enabling students both to socialize and meet other students in different disciplines, as well as to catch a quick meal before heading out to their next class, tutorial, appointment, or essay-writing frenzy.

During the rest of the week, the kitchen is open for student use, and over the years, various students have established themselves as pancake experts, frybread specialists, or wizards with channa, omelletes or gluten-free approaches to dinner. You are free to cook what you will, and FNH has whatever utensils cookware and dishes you probably need. When you are racing from class to class, or realize you need a quick meal before heading back to work, having a full kitchen at your disposal on campus is an enormous mitzvah, or blessing, saving one from time consuming trips back home for meals, or wasting all of one’s fast-dissipating OSAP funds on restaurant food or take out.

Enough cannot be said on the global and eternal realization that food preparation and the sharing of a meal brings people together closer in ways that are intrinsically social and intimate in their own unique way. So feel free to drop by FNH check out what’s cookin’.

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