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First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study, Ontario Report Executive Summary

Food Security & Access to Food First Nations have expressed concerns about the impacts of environmental pollution on the quality and safety of traditionally harvested foods. However, very little is known about the composition of First Nations’ diets, or about the level of contaminants in traditional foods. The goal of this study is to fill this gap in knowledge about the diet of First Nations peoples living on reserves, south of the 60th parallel. In addition, baseline information on human and veterinary pharmaceuticals in surface waters are being collected, especially where fish are being harvested or where water is being taken for drinking purposes.

The First Nations Food, Nutrition and Environment Study (FNFNES) is being implemented region by region across Canada over a 10 year period. Data collection started in 21reserve First Nations communities in British Columbia in 2008-2009 followed by 9 First Nations communities in Manitoba in 2010. Reports of both studies are available on the FNFNES website (www.fnfnes.ca). Data collection was conducted in 18 First Nations communities in Ontario during the fall of 2011 and 2012. This report presents the aggregated results from these 18 First Nations communities in Ontario.
Author:
Assembly of First Nations, University of Ottawa
Category:
Report
Topics:
Food Environment, Food Security & Access to Food, Health Equity, Special Diets
Setting:
Community-at-large
Age:
Adults (18-64)
Population:
First Nations, Inuit & Metis
Language:
English
Jurisdiction:
Provincial (Ontario)