Beyond Bannock

Gathering Our Voices 1/30/2015 3/13/2015


Are you attending Gathering Our Voices 2015? Take part in the GOV Beyond Bannock Social Media Challenge! We encourage any and all First Nations youth to participate. All submissions are eligible for the Early Thunderbird prizes but to be eligible for the Grand Prizes you must be registered for GOV 2015.

The challenge will lead up to the conference taking place March 17-20 on Lheidli T'enneh territory in Prince George and will showcase the strong connections between First Nations youth and their traditional foods. Participation is easy and awesome prizes are available!

This contest will run from Jan 30, 2015 to March 13, 2015


Youth can participate in three ways:

 Sharing their photos
 Short videos
 Written stories

Social media platforms used will include Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. To take part, upload your content in the following categories:

Catching or Harvesting!
Show or tell us how you connect to the land to collect, catch, or harvest your food! Images can include collecting berries, catching a fish, smoking salmon, gathering tea, hunting, or preparing! Use your imagination!
Your Traditional Meal!
Show or tell us about your traditional meal. What’s in it? Where did it come from? How did you cook it? What does your Nation eat?
Eating with an Elder!
Show or tell us about you sharing a traditional meal with an Elder in your family or community. Did you cook it together?

If you do not have access to social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), you can email your submission to: and we will post it for you.

As this is a Social Media Challenge your posted or email submission will serve as your consent for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the First Nations Health Authority to post your photographic image and/or voice recording and words on social media. You are also responsible for obtaining consent from any other people in your photographic image and/or voice recording before posting or submitting by email. 

Submission Guidelines

To be eligible for a prize, ALL participants must meet the following requirements:

 All submissions must be tagged with the hashtag: #beyondbannock
 You must also register for the challenge here.

Social Media PlatformTags
Facebook (stories, images, video)Tag Gathering Our Voices and First Nations Health Authority, and #beyondbannock
Instagram (images and video)Tag @gatheringourvoices, @fnha, and #beyondbannock
Twitter (text, images, and video)Tag @gov_conference, @fnha and #beyondbannock

Submission tips:

 Images should be in focus and show your food along with people (we want to see your beautiful faces!)
 Remember to include a short caption of what is happening in your photo.
 Videos should be no longer than 1 minute.
 Written stories can be as long or short as you like.
 If possible, include what Nation you are from.


Top winner in each category wins a brand new bike to support your wellness journey. In order to win the grand prize you must be attending Gathering Our Voices. These Grand Prizes will be awarded at the Closing Ceremonies.

Early Thunderbird prizes include a number of GoPro video cameras and selfie sticks. Early Thunderbird draw dates are:

 Friday, February 6, 2015
 Friday, February 13, 2015
 Friday, February 20, 2015
 Friday, February 27, 2015
 Friday, March 6, 2015

There will be additional prizes for the submission with the most Social Media likes as well as an Audience Choice prize at the Conference.
In addition, see your images showcased during GOV for all to see, top winner in each will be able to give their full story to attendees at GOV 2015!


3 winners from each category will be randomly selected, and 3 winners will be selected by a social media panel that includes members of the BCAAFC and FNHA Social Media teams, along with a celebrity judge! Selected winners will have their images evaluated based on creativity, originality, humour, and just how traditional your traditional dish is! Early Thunderbird prizes will be drawn on a weekly basis. Prize for most Social Media likes will be awarded based on stats and Audience Choice prize winner will be selected at the Closing Ceremonies.