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]

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“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.

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.”

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

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Canada First Nations have done some extraordinary nutrition and dietary research.

  • On-line nutrition course for Inuit communities
  • 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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2 responses to “Traditional foods guide

  1. you need to tell us what other foods they have for their traditional foods. i am doing aproject and i really need some info

  2. Well, the two references above are good starting points for you. If you are interested in South Pacific foods, look up the book “Kai kai, ani ani” or Australian Bush Foods (I think that’s the title)

    The kai book (New Guinea foods) is actually spelled
    Kaikai Aniani by R.J. May (Robert Brown, Bathurst 1984). It is out of print but well worth tracking down.

    Kaikai aniani : a guide to bush foods, markets and culinary arts of Papua New Guinea / R. J. May
    Bib ID 2589516
    Format Book
    Author May, R. J. (Ronald James), 1939-
    Publisher Bathurst, N.S.W. : Robert Brown & Associates, 1984.
    Description 192 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
    ISBN 0909197520 :
    Notes Includes index. Bibliography: p. 178-181.
    Subjects Cookery, Papua New Guinean. | Food habits – Papua New Guinea.

    I think the Australian book I was thinking of is
    Bush tucker : Australia’s wild food harvest / Tim Low
    Bib ID 1725667
    Format Book
    Author Low, Tim, 1956-
    Publisher North Ryde, N.S.W. : Angus & Robertson, 1989.
    Description 233 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
    ISBN 0207163731 : 0207163731
    Notes Includes index. Bibliography: p. 222-224.
    Subjects Wild foods – Australia.