First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study

First Nations Food, Nutrition & Environment Study A national scope study on the benefits and risks of food and water in First Nations communities. What is the FNFNES? The goal of the First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES) is to document food security and food safety issues, nutritional quality of the diet and environmental health of First Nations living on reserves.

The intent is further to provide information needed for the promotion of healthy environments and healthy foods for health First Nations. A national baseline of background levels of key environmental chemicals of concern and an assessment of diet quality of First Nations are this study’s main objective. Moreover, it also aims to quantify the intake of trace metals through drinking water and the pr

The intent is further to provide information needed for the promotion of healthy environments and healthy foods for health First Nations. A national baseline of background levels of key environmental chemicals of concern and an assessment of diet quality of First Nations are this study’s main objective. Moreover, it also aims to quantify the intake of trace metals through drinking water and the pr

08/30/2021

FEHNCY is still looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to join the team!

Happy Summer Solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day!
06/21/2021

Happy Summer Solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day!

The Summer Solstice is a day that has been recognized by Indigenous Peoples as a day of celebration and ceremony, marking the longest day of light in the year. National Indigenous Peoples Day was first announced in 1996 as a day to celebrate, recognize and honour the achievements, culture, and history of First Nations, Metis and Inuit in Canada. Across Canada, these days are marked by celebrations, acknowledging the contributions of Indigenous language, traditions, laws, knowledge, songs, dance, and ceremonies.

The FEHNCY team would like to wish everyone a Happy Summer Solstice and all the best for National Indigenous Peoples Day. See links to live activities and events:

https://www.indigenousdaylive.ca/
https://summersolsticefestivals.ca/

05/31/2021
Quilting a Year of COVID | Cree Health
05/06/2021
Quilting a Year of COVID | Cree Health

Quilting a Year of COVID | Cree Health

Quilting a Year of COVID March 30, 2021 Summary An engaging art project uses prototype masks to reproduce a year of COVID in a quilt banner. Featured media Image Content Image Caption March 2020: One of our reactions when we first heard we would have to wear masks. Credit Photo: Alexandra Fortier Im...

06/20/2019

Entire article below, in case one doesn't have a subscription to Hill Times.

How Indigenous peoples are reclaiming control over academics’ research agenda
By LAURIE CHAN, LYNN BARWIN, AND MALEK BATAL JUN. 17, 2019

Many Indigenous peoples are demanding that the risk-assessment process be holistic and demonstrate how any proposed project will affect the well-being of the peoples for future generations.
In Canada, the resource-based industry contributes a significant portion of the gross national product. There has been increasing tension, however, between developers and Indigenous peoples, especially when the proposed project affects Indigenous lands.
Legacy projects such as the Giant Mine in the Northwest Territories or the chloro-alkali plant upstream of Grassy Narrows in Ontario caused chemical pollution. Reparations for past decisions and rebuilding the trust of Indigenous peoples on the process of environmental planning and risk mitigation of proposed industrial projects is critical.
Many Indigenous peoples are demanding a paradigm shift away from the current top-down consultation process with governments and developers. They are demanding that the risk-assessment process be holistic and demonstrate how any proposed project will affect the well-being of the peoples for future generations.
Lessons can be learned from experiences of the research community. For example, Indigenous peoples reclaimed governance over the research agenda by establishing the principles of ownership, control, access, and possession in research that involves them. Chapter 9 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement—a joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies—is designed to serve as a framework for ethical research conduct that respects the diverse worldviews of Indigenous peoples.
The relationship between academic researchers and Indigenous peoples in Canada is being redefined. A participatory approach that requires meaningful partnerships built early on—with the research mandate coming directly from the people, with support from regional and/or national Indigenous leadership—has become the norm.
One example of how adopting such an approach can lead to success in obtaining data and rebuilding capacity in communities through partnership is the First Nations Food, Nutrition, and Environment Study.
With over $12-million in funding support from the First Nations Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, researchers from the University of Ottawa and the Université de Montréal worked with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to develop and implement the study.
A total of 6,487 First Nations peoples living in 93 reserves participated in the study. It helped give a full picture on diet quality, nutritional and health status, food security, drinking water quality, and food safety. This information can then be used by First Nations and policymakers to develop effective programs to promote health.
As a community-based research initiative, First Nations’ expertise was sought throughout the project, consulting on methodology, hiring community researchers, and vetting community reports. The study also adhered to the principles, which means First Nations control their own data.
We envision research in the future that celebrates diversity, recognizes distinct languages and culture, promotes individual and community self-determination, and fosters the protection and conservation of the natural environment. We also hope that the resources industry will adopt a similar approach in forming meaningful partnerships with Indigenous peoples, to develop the economy in a responsible and sustainable manner, and to promote healthy environments and healthy people.
Laurie Chan is a Canada research chair in toxicology and environmental health at the University of Ottawa. Lynn Barwin is a research associate at the University of Ottawa. Malek Batal is a professor of nutrition at Université de Montréal and the director of the WHO-Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Development.
The Hill Times

Regional results presented in Montreal on May 2nd at the FNQLHSSC Joint meeting of Health and Social Service Directors. ...
05/07/2019
STUDY: Quebec and Labrador First Nations continue to embrace traditional food but rates of food insecurity are very high

Regional results presented in Montreal on May 2nd at the FNQLHSSC Joint meeting of Health and Social Service Directors. Full report at FNFNES.ca.

Newly released results from a 2016 study on the diet, nutrition, and environment of First Nations in Quebec and Labrador show many positive results. Ninety-five percent of adults interviewed indicated that they were able to access traditional food: commonly consumed foods include moose, Labrador tea...

May 22-25 2019, the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics is hosting its 12th biennial conference in Waterloo (ON), ...
04/02/2019
Engaging Economies of Change

May 22-25 2019, the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics is hosting its 12th biennial conference in Waterloo (ON), entitled Engaging Economies of Change: http://waterloo2019.cansee.ca

They are waving the registration fee for all individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and are inviting Indigenous community members, organizers, activists, educators and students to be their guests.

Registration to the conference is now available at: http://waterloo2019.cansee.ca/registration/

Climate change, resource scarcity, deepening inequalities, volatile geo-politics and growing economic instability all threaten our wellbeing, now and in the future. These challenges require interdisciplinary economics research that is informed by real-world situations and creates useful solutions. T...

Powerful findings linking mental health and food security.  The photo used is from a feast we attended in Eel Ground.On ...
03/26/2019
'People need access to healthy meals:' Inequality among Indigenous peoples may explain psychological distress | CBC News

Powerful findings linking mental health and food security. The photo used is from a feast we attended in Eel Ground.
On the FNFNES web site you can find reports from each region we worked in. The rates of food insecurity on-reserve where generally higher than those quoted in this study.

Improving the quality and availability of food could help reduce mental health issues among Indigenous populations in Canada, say researchers who analyzed survey responses from 14,000 Indigenous adults.

It was a great day of knowledge and experience sharing - the last Data Training Workshop was a success!
03/20/2019

It was a great day of knowledge and experience sharing - the last Data Training Workshop was a success!

The last Data Training Workshop will happen next week, Feb 27th, in Montreal.  This means FNFNES has worked with 93 Firs...
02/21/2019

The last Data Training Workshop will happen next week, Feb 27th, in Montreal. This means FNFNES has worked with 93 First Nations across the country, sharing data on health, nutrition, food security and environmental contaminants!

Finished reporting results back to First Nations in Quebec!  Our last meeting was a meaningful one in Lac Simon.
12/07/2018

Finished reporting results back to First Nations in Quebec! Our last meeting was a meaningful one in Lac Simon.

A couple of week ago Dr. Chan shared study results with elders in Kawawachikamach.
12/07/2018

A couple of week ago Dr. Chan shared study results with elders in Kawawachikamach.

Excellent meeting in Odanak last week!
11/29/2018

Excellent meeting in Odanak last week!

It's been a busy couple of weeks.  More meetings sharing study results - Thanks to Unamen Shipu
11/29/2018

It's been a busy couple of weeks. More meetings sharing study results - Thanks to Unamen Shipu

Another great meeting sharing this First Nation's study results.
11/28/2018

Another great meeting sharing this First Nation's study results.

Productive meeting in Gesgapegiag this afternoon.
10/11/2018

Productive meeting in Gesgapegiag this afternoon.

Another meeting to share study results.  Great to be in Listuguj this morning
10/11/2018

Another meeting to share study results. Great to be in Listuguj this morning

Great meeting today with Chief and Council in Mistissini, sharing study results.  Thank you!
09/24/2018

Great meeting today with Chief and Council in Mistissini, sharing study results. Thank you!

Another great meeting to report the results of FNFNES in Kahnawake.
09/20/2018

Another great meeting to report the results of FNFNES in Kahnawake.

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