A Whitefish Lake First Nations member who grew up in Northern Alberta, Curtis began his journey in the kitchen thanks to his mom who taught him to cook as a young boy. As he got older, he found himself off track: a difficult upbringing and significant loss paved a road that led to addiction and homelessness.
Eventually, Curtis found — fought — his way back through rehab, forgiveness, and serving others within the inner city before returning to his dream of cooking and creating community with food and love.
Determined to one day open a fully-licensed restaurant, Curtis began selling bannock out of his backpack at Edmonton-area powwows in 2010. Today, his bannock journey continues with Tee Pee Treats and an invitation for people of all walks to try a taste of the good life — the bannock life!
A 100% Indigenous-owned and operated business, Tee Pee Treats strives to provide quality, contemporary Indigenous food made with love and to give back to our people.
Giving Back to the Streets
The annual Giving Back to the Streets event has expanded in 2023 to bi-monthly. The event stems from Curtis’ desire to feed people with love and soul, not just food. Residents are able to stop by for a hot meal free, good music, and a good time — free of charge.
Curtis & Tee Pee Treats in the Media
I wanted to be able to do my own thing, I just had to take my time and my own path to get there.Curtis Cardinal
The people love the bannock and it gives me a sense of pride. Getting our food out to the masses.Curtis Cardinal
You have to continually work on your skills. You have to work toward a goal and accomplish each goal accordingly.Curtis Cardinal
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