Wild Game (TV series)

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Written byAram Kouyoumdjian, Catherine Martin
Directed byAram Kouyoumdjian
Presented byRich Francis
Opening themeVillage Sound
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
  • Catherine Martin
  • Marcel Gallant
  • Chris Goguen
  • Marc Savoie
Editor(s)Peter Giffen
Camera setup
  • Blake Stilwell
  • Mat Barkley
  • Byron Kutchera
Running time30 minutes with commercials
Production company(s)Wild Game Productions Inc.
Original networkAboriginal Peoples Television Network

Wild Game is a Canadian television series produced by Connections Productions and features Chef Rich Francis as host for season one.

This 9 part docuseries takes the viewing audience on an adventure across Canada, visiting First Nation communities to learn how they hunt and prepare their traditional food. Rich participates in the hunt, samples the meals prepared in traditional ways and then gets to work. Using his culinary skills, Chef Francis prepares multi-course cuisine with locally sourced, in-season ingredients and medicine.

Filming for the series started 2019 on Kendall Island, 150 kilometers north of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The series will be broadcast on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network|APTN in 2020.[1][2]


Chef Rich Francis who is of Haudenosaunee and Tetlit Gwich'in ancestry[3] and a competitor in theTop Chef Canada (season 4), travels across the country of Canada meeting other Indigenous peoples to learn the history of the food they eat. He learns from them their methods of hunting, fishing, harvesting, and preparation. Using traditional methods, Chef Francis then takes this knowledge of the food and turns it into cuisine one would find in a Michelin Guide#Stars|Michelin 3-star restaurant. He uses locally sourced ingredients that are in season. Keeping as true to the traditional method as possible, Rich serves up dishes that impress. Bonds are formed over these sessions and knowledge is shared.[4][5]

First season (2020)

The first season of this 9 part docuseries will be broadcast in 2020 in Canada on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network|APTN.

# Theme Location Guests Broadcast dates
1 Walleye Kahnawake, Quebec
  • Treena Delormier
  • Christine Zachary Deom
  • Anna Zachary
  • Billy Diabo
  • Tehanennake Diabo
2 Lobster Lennox Island First Nation, PEI
  • Jamie Thomas
  • Gilbert Sark
  • Peter Bernard
  • Jeremy "JJ" Bernard
  • Drew Bernard
  • Russell Matthews
3 Oyster Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island
  • Charlie Sark
  • Timothy Bernard
  • Rob Augustine
4 Sturgeon Kahnawake, Quebec
  • Eric "Dirt" McComber
  • River Flow Teiotièn:taron McComber
  • Brooke Rice
5 Beluga Kendall Island, Northwest Territories
  • Hank Angasuk
  • Sarah Rogers
  • John Rogers
  • Alexander Eleanik Jr.
  • Mikayla Kikoak
  • Jimmy Kalinek
  • Gerard Chicksi
  • Nicholas Kalinek
  • Zaiden Maring
6 Caribou Richards Island, Northwest Territories
  • Jimmy Kalinek
  • Diane Day
  • Gerard Chicksi
  • Nya Maring
  • Nicholas Kalinek
  • Zaiden Maring
7 Beaver Inuvik,Northwest Territories
  • John Jerome
  • Douglas Esagok
  • MacKenzie Cockney
8 Corn Six Nations of the Grand River,Ontario
  • Terrylynn Brant
  • Tawnya Brant
  • Braden Francis
  • Lokki Thornháte Laforme-Brant
  • Kylo Karhaktye Laforme-Brant
  • Francis Family
9 Striped Bass Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Clifford Paul
  • Tyler Johnson
  • Trennan Paul
  • Nadine LeFort
  • Kendall Hutchins


  1. "New Release Wild Game". H Gagnon Distribution. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  2. "Chef Rich Francis forges his own path to Indigenous Cuisine". Arts File. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  3. "Rich Francis returns home". CBC. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  4. "How an indigenous chef is raising awareness about traditional foods in Canada". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  5. "Reconciliation through food". Northern Ontario Business. January 23, 2020.

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