Registration for the Feed the People workshop opens annually in September. The workshop typically fills up quickly, so watch this space!


Learn directly from esteemed Penelakut instructors about the history, importance, and conservation value of locally-hunted venison.


Learn how to skin, debone, cube, grind and bag locally-hunted venison in a food-safe manner through hands-on engagement.


Learn how various parts of the animal are used and how to preserve venison through canning and sausage-making.

What is Included in the workshop?

Hands-On Learning

This will be a hands-on workshop, where we work together as a group: in Hul’qumi’num, nuts’a’maat – working together with one heart and one mind.

Every animal has been humanely and safely harvested from the surrounding majestic forests of the Millard Learning Centre property.  The limited workshop size means you will work directly with experienced Penelakut instructors and other participants to process and preserve the harvest in a good way.


Things to take home

Leave with the knowledge of how to sustainably harvest, process and preserve black-tailed deer.

At the end of the workshop, participants may be able to take home a portion of the harvest.  In this case, we will provide jars and food safe bags for you to take home and share the bounty with your loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Galiano Island?

Galiano Island is easily accessible via BC Ferries, either from the Swartz Bay (Victoria) or Tsawwassen (Vancouver) terminals. If you are travelling from Vancouver and are planning to bring a car, please reserve your ferry in advance. Ferry reservations to the Southern Gulf Islands can be made at: or by calling 1-888-BC-FERRY

Where is the Feed the People Workshop taking place?

Feed the People is hosted at the Millard Learning Centre on Galiano Island.

Galiano Conservancy Association
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island, BC
V0N 1P0

Google Maps – Galiano Conservancy Millard Learning Centre

1. Take Sturdies Bay Road until you reach the traffic triangle just past the Hummingbird Pub.
2. Keep right at the traffic triangle. This will put you on Porlier Pass Road.
3. Drive up Porlier Pass Road for around 15-20 minutes. You are close to the Learning Centre once you pass the film school and McClure Road.
4. The Millard Learning Centre will be on your left. A big wooden sign that says “Millard Learning Centre” and a blue EV sign will be visible from the road.
5. If you reach the Forest Fire Risk sign by Melissa Road you’ve gone too far.

Please contact us at 250-539-2424 or if you get lost.

Is there public transportation on Galiano?

Unfortunately there is no public transportation or taxis on Galiano Island. Participants must make their own way to the workshop. We encourage participants to carpool if they are in the same social bubble.

If you are biking – It’s about a 1-1.5 hours on a regular bike, and approximately 45 minutes by ebike (~15km) and hilly bike ride to the Learning Centre from the ferry terminal. We have bike racks, tool/repair station an charging facilities for your ebike once you arrive at the MLC.

What do I do about meals?

Food is not provided for the workshop. Please bring ample food and water with you for the workshop. Potable water is available onsite. We will also have tea and coffee available for participants.

If you are coming from off-island, please purchase the bulk of your food before you arrive on Galiano. We have a fridge-freezer and dry-storage spaces for you to store your food in the Classroom building. We also have utensils for cooking and eating available at the Classroom.

We will discuss COVID-19 Safety Protocols for using the kitchen and other shared spaces when you arrive.

If you need additional food while on Galiano, we have a few small grocery stores and restaurants.

What should I bring to the workshop?

For use during workshop hours, please bring:
– Clothing for rain or shine (eg. rain jacket & extra warm layers, sunscreen & sunglasses etc.)
– Sturdy, closed toe shoes (eg. hiking shoes, runners)
– Mask or non-medical face covering*
– Personal hand sanitizer*
– Water bottle (1L recommended)
– Hot beverage travel thermos
– Food for lunch and lots of snacks
– A notebook & pen–A very sharp fillet knife (we can help you sharpen your knife if necessary)

*we have extras of these if you don’t have any

– Camera
– Cash or credit/debit card to purchase GCA swag (T-shirts, mugs, stickers etc). Food Forest produce (eg. Forest Garden Tea, Garlic Salts etc.) or native plants

How can I pay for the workshop?

Please click the ticket link above to purchase your workshop ticket by credit card.

Prefer to pay by cash/ cheque? Please contact us at 250-539-2424 or email

Cheques must be addressed to the “Galiano Conservancy Association”. Mailed cheques/ cash must be sent to:

Galiano Conservancy Association
10825 Porlier Pass Road
Galiano Island BC
V0N 1P0