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Traditional foods guide

from NAEP Native Access to Engineering Programme First aboriginal food guide balances traditional, practical

and from CBC [read the entire story here]

Canada Food Guide cover small

“Bannock, berries, wild game and canned milk are part of a new version of Canada’s Food Guide, created specifically for First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

“With this guide, First Nations, Inuit and Métis will have a tool to make more informed choices and nurture a healthy future by building on the traditions and values of a proud past and present,” Federal Health Minister Tony Clement said after unveiling the new food guide at a Yellowknife school Wednesday.

  • What are the main differences between Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide and Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis?

    Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis reflects the importance of both traditional and store-bought foods for Aboriginal people living in Canada.
    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/fnim-pnim/index_e.html

Some culturally specific examples of single servings include:

* Leafy vegetables and wild plants: 125 millilitres, cooked; 250 millilitres, raw.
* Berries: 125 millilitres.
* Bannock: 35 grams (a piece about five by five by 2.5 centimetres).
* Traditional meats and wild game: 75 grams, cooked.

  • “We are pleased to see ‘country food’ being recognized in the Canada Food Guide as an essential element of a nutritious diet for Inuit,” commented Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. “Country food for Inuit includes caribou, Arctic Char, seal, whale, walrus, muskox, ptarmigan, and many other plants, animals, and fish. This Food Guide will be a useful tool to educate Inuit youth across the Arctic and in the South.” http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/nr-cp/2007/2007_44_e.html

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide: First Nations, Inuit and Métis
Health Canada
HC Pub.: 3426
Cat.: H34-159/2007E-PDF
ISBN: 978-0-662-45521-9

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Tel.: 1-866-225-0709
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Canada First Nations have done some extraordinary nutrition and dietary research.

  • On-line nutrition course for Inuit communities
    http://ykalaska.wordpress.com/2006/12/02/online-nutrition-course/
  • The Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) is an incredible idea. Harriet Kuhnlein, the first director, does excellent work with communities. CINE was one of the models for formulating an autonomous, community-based Center for Human Ecology, (northern Pueblos, New Mexico.)

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Important vaccine notice

I posted this on the other site but it is good news (and bad news) from Alaska to be highlighted on the health front —

Cancer vaccine now available

Only girls are mentioned as recipients even though boys are also eligible for the vaccine program. It is very important that both boys and girls get the vaccine. STDs are not a “girl problem”; women are not contagions; men are not “strong unless weakened by women”. It should be long-gone when locking up the women protected the men (in loco parentis). Men and boys suffer maiming and illness from this virus. Aren’t they also worthy of protection?


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