My design highlights beautiful Albertan landscapes. I wanted to create a scene that evokes several iconic locations inspired by some personal favourites, like Waterton National Park, Kananaskis Provincial Park and the Plains of Abraham. These are mixed with family fun moments including having warm drinks by the fire, ice skating and fishing, sleigh rides and sharing fresh grilled food outdoors.
- Kat Simmers
This design celebrates holiday traditions and food, and represents B.C., while referencing symbols from Chinese diaspora culture in a contemporary style. Design elements include holiday themes such as winter, snow, gift wrapping and ornamental decorations, combined with Chinese cultural elements such as Mahjong symbols and colours, dumplings on a porcelain plate and chopsticks.
- Carolyn Wong
Food Banks BC
Food Banks BC is the provincial association of food banks, comprising of 105 hunger relief agencies. It supports its members through the distribution of food and financial donations and by providing access to training and networking opportunities to assist their efforts to tackle hunger in their communities.
This design depicts a whimsical version of Manitoba's hibernating animals having a winter meal together in a burrow, with snow falling outside. I was inspired by our very cold Winnipeg winters, where staying inside with family and food, in contrast with the blustering weather, often feels like we're holed-up in our own burrow. Gathering with my extended family for a holiday meal is a rare and special occasion and is also the only time of year when my parents will light their fireplace.
- Scott Ford
I interpreted the theme of holiday traditions and sharing meals in a way close to my heart. New Brunswick is a community; we take care of each other and form traditions that existing families and individuals can join and participate in. My holiday box connects land and sea and illustrates individuals coming together, out of their homes, to meet and spend time together around a large warm fire. Everyone is carrying a different type of food to share with one another.
- Kirsten Stackhouse
The New Brunswick Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA)
The New Brunswick Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA) is a registered, nonprofit, charitable organization that serves food banks, community kitchens and food security agencies. FDA is the provincial association for Food Banks Canada and its primary functions include food distribution, fundraising, food rescue and advocacy.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Every year in Port de Grave, N.L., all the fishermen cover their boats out in lights, and people come from all over to see – this was one of the first things that came to mind for my holiday box. I illustrated a group of people dining at a large candle lit table floating on an ice pan, including as much of the classic landscape as possible
- Noah Bender
The Community Food Sharing Association
The Community Food Sharing Association is the pivotal agency for food distribution to the hungry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The registered charity is governed by a board of 12 volunteers. A staff of six, with the help of volunteers, collect and distribute food through 55 food banks to over 10,700 people.
My idea for my holiday box was to show Nova Scotian wildlife getting together and sharing a meal with each other. The beavers are inviting their friends over to their dam for some holiday food and enjoying each other's company. I find this concept to be relatable, as these are the activities we used to do before the pandemic and are slowly starting to see happen again.
- Kadeem Hinch
I’ve shown traditional foods gathered in the winter and orange light spilling out of the cabin to show the warmth we seek when we gather together in the winter. People are shown baking, playing cards and enjoying snacks together. I also highlighted gatherings in small places that occur when no one wants to be outside. Dogs help people in the territory travel and gather food – they are required for holiday get-togethers in the Northwest Territories.
- Margeaux Guile
The Salvation Army Northwest Territories
The Salvation Army Northwest Territories provides direct, compassionate and hands-on service to those who need help in the community. The organization supplies food hampers consisting of non-perishable and where possible, perishable food items to supplement individuals and families.
The holiday season in Nunavut is often spent by sharing in tradition with friends and family; whether this be by traditional foods eaten or lighting the qulliq (traditional oil lamp). I wanted my holiday box to capture the beauty of Inuit culture as we celebrate the holidays. This is different than some other cultural celebrations, but also comfortingly similar in the meals shared, the memories made and the traditions passed on.
- Aedan Corey
The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB)
The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB) helps reduce hunger in Iqaluit and Nunavut. The NNNFB is run by about 10 local volunteers.In 2022, family services increased to 145 singles, couples and families, up from 30 in 2021. This represents approximately 500 people.
To celebrate the idea of family traditions and spending time together, I chose to honour the idea of winter being a time of rest, renewal and storytelling in my culture. The idea was to show two people stargazing, as some of my favourite winter stories are about the stars. The entire scene is surrounded in Ojibwe berry vines to represent traditional food sources with trillium flowers on the vines to represent Ontario.
- Bridget George
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The front of my holiday box is a sketch of a lighthouse on dunes, revealing the sharing of holiday meals together. P.E.I. is believed to have the highest concentration of lighthouses in North America and is also known for sand dunes – that's why I included those elements in my box. The back features holiday fun of family and friends doing a slip and slide at P.E.I.’s Mill River.
- Niyi Adeogun
For this holiday box, I focused on details representing the pleasure of sharing a meal – hands, faces, mouths eating, plates being filled, glasses toasting, food, facial expressions showing the flavours and joy of the shared moment. The cutting of the images offers different framings of a same scene, or several moments of a same meal, through lenses of diversity and intergenerationally.
- Élodie Duhameau
This design features the northern area of Saskatchewan – which is rarely showcased – and the Athabasca Denesuline culture. Holiday traditions include hunting caribou, fishing, making dry meat and the sharing of one’s harvest is traditional. The remoteness of the communities in northern Saskatchewan results in high grocery prices and difficulty getting fresh foods. This makes country foods very important for food security for the Denesuline. By feeding everyone in the community in need, and sharing meals together, the community relationships are strengthened and the holiday spirit shines.
- Gabrielle Giroux
Yukon winters are long and cold. They feel like they go on forever, yet through the midst of the freeze we take the time to gather and light up the dark. Every year my mother and I spend many nights baking and decorating dozens of cookies to share with family. I like to share this brief warmth the holidays bring me in my work.
- Lara Bode
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