Celebrate Indigenous Tradition with Mitsoh

Celebrate Indigenous Tradition with Mitsoh

June 20, 2023

When my doctor told me I needed to start eating keto to reset my metabolism, I was not a happy camper. No potatoes. No bread. No fun!

Fortunately I work in a healthy snack paradise called Edible Island and was set on the right path by my many knowledgable team members. Don't get me wrong, I still love my daily 'good fats' bar, but I was pleasantly blown away by the Mitsoh products, in particular the Pânsâwân, a traditional delicacy of the First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. Wow. It's so good! And my blood sugar agrees too :)

The Pânsâwân dried meat strip is made with free-range bison, and is both keto-approved and (most importantly) elder-approved. All Mitsoh products, including Pânsâwân and Pemmican strips, are made using the time honoured traditional methods passed down to founder Ian Gladue, by his mother. They are gluten-free and soy-free and perfect for those with dietary restrictions, like yours truly.

With modernized processes, Ian is now skillfully and artfully bringing indigenous ancestral foods to the mainstream markets in Canada. We are honoured to be able to support Mitsoh's vision to make traditional foods available to all, and we hope you enjoy these convenient and nutritious snacks as much as we do. 


About Mitsoh

Mitsoh ("Eat" in Cree Nehiyaw) was founded by Ian Gladue of Wabasca's Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta, Canada (Treaty 8 Territory). A passionate chef, Ian was inspired by his mother to share traditional indigenous foods with the world. Mitsoh is dedicated to restoring, preserving and sharing North American Indigenous culture.


Q: How do you say "Mitsoh"?

A: "Mitsoh" is pronounced "meet-so".

Q: What does Mitsoh mean?

A: Mitsoh means "Eat" in Cree Nehiyaw.

Q: How much protein does Mitsoh have?

A: Mitsoh contains 9g of protein per 30g serving.

Q: How much carbs does Mitsoh have?

A: Mitsoh has 9g of carbs per 30g serving, 1g of fibre and 8g of sugar coming from whole berries and maple syrup.

Q: What is Pânsâwân ?

A: Pânsâwân translates to 'thinly sliced dry meat' in the Cree Nehiyâw language. It was what the First Peoples of Canada used to sustain themselves during long, harsh winters and is prepared by carefully smoking and drying the meat for many hours.

Q: How do you say "Pânsâwân"?

A: "Pânsâwân" is pronounced "bahn-sa-wan".

Q: Who taught you how to make Pânsâwân?

A: The tradition was passed down by our founder Ian Gladue's mother Jacqueline Masuzumi. She is proudly Dene and is from Fort Good Hope, NWT. It was here that she taught Ian and his wife Rondell Desjarlais how to make dry meat.

Q: How do you eat Pânsâwân?

A: Pânsâwân can be eaten as is, but it is absolutely delicious served with rendered fat and salt, butter, or avocado. Pânsâwân can be eaten as is, but it is absolutely delicious served with healthy fats such as: quacamole, avocado, butter, cheese, rendered fat and sea salt.

Q: Where do you get your meat?

A: Pânsâwân is made from the best quality all-natural, Alberta farmed bison that is raised free from any added hormones, steroids or antibiotics.

Q: Is Pânsâwân carbohydrate free?

A: Yes

Q: Is Pânsâwân Keto-Friendly?

A: Yes

Q: How much protein does Pânsâwân have?

A: Pânsâwân contains 25g of protein per 35g serving.

Q: Is Pânsâwân paleo-friendly?

A: Yes

Q: Where can you find Mitsoh products?

A: Mitsoh is available at Edible Island and other fine retailers across Canada.

Learn more about the Mitsoh story by Visiting the Mitsoh website

Sending good (mostly keto) vibes,


We respectfully acknowledge that we are living and working in the unceded traditional territory of the K’omoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.