Inez talks about bannock and Indigenous food prepared at her restaurant in Vancouver, BC.

This video was created by Black Rhino Creative for Indigenous Tourism BC. Used with permission.

About the speaker

Inez Cook grew up in Vancouver BC and is a proud member of the Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola BC. Inez is the co founder and owner of Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro located in Vancouver as well as an author of the children’s book The Sixties Scoop. The award-winning Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro opened its doors February 2010 and proudly showcases Indigenous cuisine with a modern palate. Inez and Salmon n’ Bannock have been featured in several international media outlets including National Geographic, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, The San Fransisco Chronicle, der Spiegel, Samatha Brown , Moosemeat and Marmalade, and Power to the People to name a few. Inez has worked in the travel industry for over 28 years and has lived all over the world. She always dreamed of having a restaurant that could take guests on a journey, but did not know that the journey she is taking you on is the journey within.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career? Expressing myself and celebrating new ideas towards my life and brand.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy? I think my travels have helped inspire me and often my best ideas come to me in a dream—it’s even better when I remember them.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person? I wish I’d known as a young person is that there is not a wrong answer. Express yourself through your creativity and passion and the rest will follow.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings? That would be a tie: Maya Angelou and my Grandpa.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Might be riding a jet ski in Saudi Arabia with the Religious police chasing me. Women were not permitted to drive let alone a jet ski! ;-)

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger? I am a full-time flights attendant that owns a restaurant and does catering … full time!

If you could open a door and go anywhere, where would that be? A door to heaven to check in on loved ones passed, the ones I knew and those I never met.

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